OpenSCAD 2014.03

The programmer's solid 3D CAD modeller
OpenSCAD is a streamlined cross-platform application that enables you to create solid 3D CAD objects.

Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects.

Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeller. Instead it is something like a 3D-compiler that reads in a script file that describes the object and renders the 3D model from this script file (see examples below).

This gives you (the designer) full control over the modelling process and enables you to easily change any step in the modelling process or make designes that are defined by configurable parameters.

OpenSCAD provides two main modelling techniques: First there is constructive solid geometry (aka CSG) and second there is extrusion of 2D outlines. As data exchange format format for this 2D outlines Autocad DXF files are used.

In addition to 2D paths for extrusion it is also possible to read design parametes from DXF files. Besides DXF files OpenSCAD can read and create 3D models in the STL and OFF file formats.

last updated on:
March 11th, 2014, 16:06 GMT
file size:
12.1 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Clifford Wolf
license type:
GPL 
operating system(s):
Mac OS X 10.7 or later
binary format:
Intel only
category:
Home \ Graphics

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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.OpenSCADOpenSCADOpenSCADOpenSCAD
What's New in This Release:
  • Language Features:
  • Added diameter argument: circle(d), cylinder(d, d1, d2) and sphere(d)
  • Added parent_module() and $parent_modules
  • Added children() as a replacement for child()
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