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Bug#898243: ITP: pycam -- CAM program & Python library for generating toolpaths




Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Sebastian Kuzminsky <seb@xxxxxxxxxxx>

* Package name    : pycam
  Version         : 0.6.3
  Upstream Author : Lars Kruse <devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* URL             : http://pycam.sourceforge.net/
* License         : GPL-3+
  Programming Lang: Python
  Description     : CAM program & Python library for generating toolpaths

 PyCAM is a toolpath generator for 3 axis machines. The generated
 GCode can be used with LinuxCNC and other machine controllers.
 The included Python library can be used independently from the GUI.
 .
 Features:
    * read and write STL model files (3D)
    * support for 2D models (DXF/SVG/PS)
    * generate toolpaths (GCode) for various strategies and drill
          definitions
    * manage and store processing templates
    * scale, move, rotate, flip and transform the model
    * interactive 3D model view based on OpenGL
    * non-interactive generation of GCode via commandline
    * render single-line fonts (provided by QCAD)

This package is useful and relevant because it performs a job that is
underserved in the open source world: computing CNC tool paths from 2d
and 3d models.  It is similar to the debian package dxf2gcode, but also
handles 3d models.

I am a casual contributor to the upstream project.  I have developed
debian packaging for pycam which is included in upstream, and distributed
from the linuxcnc.org debian archive:

http://linuxcnc.org/dists/stretch/base/binary-amd64/

I want to transition the debian package into the official Debian package
archive.

I am motivated to maintain the debian package, like i have maintained
the dxf2gcode package.  I plan to work with the Debian Science team,
which has sponsored my dxf2gcode package.  I hope that the Science team
will sponsor the upload of this package as well.

Also see https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=600779