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Blender Caliper for 2.6X Crowdfunding Campaign.


Dolf Veenvliet is using crowdsourcing to fund the porting of the Blender Caliper script from Blender 2.49 to 2.63. He needs a minimum of € 1.000, but more funds will enable him to add some extra goodies and extend the support. Dolf has a great reputation in the Blender community, so I've chosen to back him with this.

Dolf writes:

A new Caliper is coming!

The Blender Caliper script is a tool that lets you measure distances inside Blender 3D in real world values. Not only that but it also creates clean renderable objects to show the measurements. This way architects & designers for instance can show renders of their products and designs to customers including measurements that are meaningful, and that everyone can understand.

Ever since Blender 2.5 came out I have been receiving a couple of e-mails every month asking me whether I would create a new version of the Caliper python script/addon for the current Blender version. I think that Blender has stabilised enough for me to do so now!

I will start by creating a completely fresh script for the Caliper as a proper Blender 3D addon (or module). This addon will incorporate the basic Caliper functionality of creating an object which displays the distance between 2 points in Blender’s 3d space and can be rendered. Then this functionality can be expanded with more detailed measurements and live updating. Finally I propose to maintain the system for future Blender versions.

All the code will be released under a GPL license, and published on-line during the project.

Disclaimer: no promises of free drinks or other bribes have been made to facilitate this post. Unfortunately.


About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-)


  1. carlos santos on

    I wold love to donate, but the TROIKA is in Portugal...   so...  i'm sory for not donating, but i need to buy food first.

  2. Hello all,

    Thanks Bart for the post (of course I owe you lots of beers already anyway).

    JBER: yes the system will support both the imperial and the metric system. I was sure I had that on the page, but apparently I didn't... thanks for pointing that out!

    Thanks everyone for the support and donations, I can't wait to start... I am just finishing up another small private project (should be done before the end of this month), then I hope I can get going!!!

  3. Gertjan Van Den Broek on

    I donated what was left on my paypal acount, it's not that much but .5% of 1000  is better than nothing at all.

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