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The Designosaur is a simple modeling program that empowers people to create their own models of dinosaurs or dinosaur-like skeletons. A Designosaur creature is assembled out of pieces of thin wood, plastic, foam, or other material. The pieces fasten together using a notching system with identical notches; pieces slide together in 'X' fashion such that their planes are orthogonal.
In Designosaur, designers draw individual bones and indicate where other bones attach by specifying notch points. A notch is a joint that connects exactly two bones. Notch parameters (width and depth) are provided later on, when the designer is ready to produce a physical model on the laser cutter.
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last updated 6.22.2007 by Gabe Johnson

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