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It's fall again! My favorite season and home of my favorite holiday ever, Halloween! With the leaves changing colors, and the weather getting cooler, I was inspired to make something that would fit with the season.

I took some time to put together a 3D printed Jack-o-Lantern, which was the perfect candidate for customization. So here we are. I can't wait to get my hands on some orange ABS!

Step 1: "Sketching" my 3D design

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I like to use SketchUp to rough out my ideas before moving to OpenSCAD. I find it to be a quick and easy way to get something I like before committing myself to any code. 

I went with a slightly "low rez" styled pumpkin which was easy enough to recreate in OpenSCAD.

When I am designing a model in SketchUp that I plan on converting to OpenSCAD I try to use only the primitive solids that OpenSCAD has built in. As you can see in the attached screenshots I used mostly cylinders to create the shape of my Jack-O-Lantern, which made it pretty easy to transfer over to OpenSCAD as cylinders are a built-in primitive.