OpenSCAD for Mac2015.03-1 / 2015.09.14 Snapshot

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Enables you to create and render 3D models by making use of a scripting language that can be compiled via a user friendly graphical user interface.

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OpenSCAD is a minimalist Mac OS X application that provides access to a powerful scripting language that allows you to create and preview 3D CAD models. The application simply reads the source code and then renders the 3D object.

As a result, your 3D models will be based on parameters that can be changed in no time. What’s more, OpenSCAD can read design parameters included in DXF, STL, and OFF files.

Use the OpenSCAD scripting language to generate precise 3D models

The OpenSCAD user interface is represented by a single window where you can easily input the source code, compile the data, and preview the results. All in all, the app’s design is fairly intuitive, so the key is to actually learn how to use the scripting language efficiently.

On the OpenSCAD project page you can access the extensive app documentation that includes both usage instructions, and commented examples.

To get you started, the developers offer a “cheat sheet” that include most common commands for creating 2D or 3D objects, for running transformations or Boolean operations, for accessing mathematical functions, and so on.

Of course, the same area includes an user manual for the OpenSCAD language that provides details about supported values and data types, variables, conditional and iterator functions, mathematical operators and functions, trigonometric or string functions, transformations, or modifier characters.

Unsophisticated OS X utility that can compile OpenSCAD source code

To conclude, OpenSCAD offers you the possibility to create and render 3D models by using a precise scripting language. This way, the app can prove to be very useful when you need to make 3D objects that will be integrated into various machines, and must have precise dimensions.

The OpenSCAD graphical user interface is designed to make the whole process more user friendly, but you can also access the scripting language via the command line.

OpenSCAD was reviewed by Iulia Ivan
Last updated on September 14th, 2015
OpenSCAD - In the main window you will be able to enter your CAD script and to view the rendered result in 3D.OpenSCAD - From the Edit menu you can quickly zoom the viewports in and out for getting a closer look at the model's details.OpenSCAD - The Design menu enables you to compile and render the CAD script, and to export the resulting model to various 3D formats.OpenSCAD - screenshot #4OpenSCAD - screenshot #5OpenSCAD - screenshot #6OpenSCAD - screenshot #7

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