LinuxLinks.com
Newbies What Next ? News Forums Calendar

Search





News Sections
Home
General News (3973/0)
Reviews (628/0)
Press Releases (464/0)
Distributions (187/0)
Software (878/0)
Hardware (522/0)
Security (192/0)
Tutorials (345/0)
Off Topic (181/0)


User Functions
Username:

Password:

Don't have an account yet? Sign up as a New User


Events
There are no upcoming events




OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling for creating computer-animated movies but instead focuses on the CAD aspects when you are planning to create 3D models of e.g. machine parts.

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

It uses Computational Geometry Algorithms Library (CGAL) as the basic Computational Solid Geometry engine, taking care of details such as intersection, difference and minkowski sums. The results can be rendered into 3D STL files.

 OpenSCAD 2011.12

Price
Free to download

Size
3.1MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Marius Kintel, Clifford Wolf

Website
www.openscad.org

System Requirements
libboost
CGAL library
OpenCSG library
Qt4
GWP 5.0.x
WPFT 3.x

Support Sites:
Manual, CAD a DogBot, Thingiverse Blog, OpenScad beginners tutorial, How To: Make a Printable CES Badge, Make: Projects - Simple 3D models with OpenSCAD

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Two main modelling techniques:
    • Constructive solid geometry - uses advanced OpenGL features (2.0) like the Z buffer. This method produces instantaneous results, but has low frame rates when working with highly nonconvex objects
    • Extrusion of 2D outlines
  • Create 3D models in DXF, STL, and OFF file formats
  • STL Import and Export
  • View options:
    • Show Edges
    • Show Axes
    • Show Crosshairs
  • Animation

OpenSCAD in action

Return to CAD Tools Home Page

Bookmark and Share


Last Updated Saturday, July 21 2012 @ 05:02 AM EDT


We have written a range of guides highlighting excellent free books for popular programming languages. Check out the following guides: C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, HTML, Python, Ruby, Perl, Haskell, PHP, Lisp, R, Prolog, Scala, Scheme, Forth, SQL, Node.js (new), Fortran (new), Erlang (new), Pascal (new), and Ada (new).


Group Tests
All Group Tests

Top Free Software
5 Office Suites
7 Document Processors
6 Lean Desktops
6 Desktop Search
9 Project Management
9 Groupware Apps
14 File Managers
10 Databases
21 Backup Tools
21 DVD Tools
21 Window Managers
21 Productivity Tools
9 Terminal Emulators
21 Financial Tools
21 Text Editors
21 Video Emulators
21 Home Emulators
42 Graphics Apps
6 CAD Apps
42 Scientific Apps
10 Web Browsers
42 Email Apps
12 Instant Messaging
10 IRC Clients
7 Twitter Clients
12 News Aggregators
11 VoIP Apps
11 Remote Display Apps
42 Best Games
42 More Games
21 More Games
21 Notable Games (1)
21 Notable Games (2)
21 Notable Games (3)
8 ASCII Games
9 Educational Games
42 Audio Apps
42 Video Apps
6 Screencasting Apps
80 Security Apps
9 System Monitoring
6 Family History Apps
11 PDF Tools
6 Music Servers
6 Collection Managers
7 Calculator Apps
8 Geometry Apps
Free Console Apps
14 Multimedia
Programming
8 Compilers
9 IDEs
9 Debuggers
7 Revision Control Apps
6 Doc Generators
'Free' Proprietary
21 Closed-Source Apps
Top Commercial Apps
42 Games
Free Web Software
21 Web CMS
14 Wiki Engines
8 Blog Apps
6 eCommerce Apps
5 Human Resource Apps
10 ERP
10 CRM
6 Data Warehouse Apps
8 Business Intelligence
6 Point-of-Sale

All Group Tests

Other Articles
Migrating from Windows
Back up your data
Distribution Guide
Distro Portal Pages
20 Free Linux Books
Running Linux Under Windows


Older Stories
Saturday 08/02
  • The Best Lightweight Graphical Email Clients (0)

  • Sunday 07/20
  • Excellent Free Distraction-Free Tools for Writers (0)
  • Pick of the Bunch: Console Internet Applications (0)
  • Mobile Phone Management Made Easy (0)

  • Saturday 06/28
  • Easy File Comparisons With These Great Free Diff Tools (0)
  • 9 ASCII Games You'll Want to Play Again and Again (0)

  • Friday 06/13
  • 12 Remarkable Free Shell Scripting Books (0)

  • Saturday 06/07
  • Open Source LDAP Solutions (0)

  • Monday 06/02
  • Delightful ASCII Art Tools (0)

  • Saturday 05/31
  • Best Tools for Network Inventory Management (0)


  • Vote

    What do you find MOST attractive about Open Source software?

    Amount of customization
    Security
    Freedom provided
    Speed of development
    Quality
    Multiple versions
    Cost
    Potential to contribute
    Ability to modify code
    Results
    4847 votes | 2 comments

    Built with GeekLog and phpBB
    Comments to the webmaster are welcome
    Copyright 2009 LinuxLinks.com - All rights reserved