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OpenSCAD

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OpenSCAD is a free, script only-based 3D modeling suite designed to help engineers create solid 3D CAD objects. It is reliable software for the budget-conscious engineers who are looking for a cost-effective solution with advanced CAD tools.

Category

CAD Software Free

Features

• Parametric modeling
• Extrusion of 2D primitives into 3D space: Create 3D objects by extruding bi-dimensional shapes
• Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)
• Gallery of previously made projects
• Autocad DXF files are used as the data exchange format for 2D outlines
• Special variables provide an alternate means of passing arguments to modules and functions

License

Proprietary

Price

• Free

Pricing

Subscription

Free Trial

Available

Users Size

Small (<50 employees), Medium (50 to 1000 employees), Enterprise (>1001 employees)

Company

OpenSCAD

What is best?

• Parametric modeling
• Extrusion of 2D primitives into 3D space: Create 3D objects by extruding bi-dimensional shapes
• Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)
• Gallery of previously made projects

What are the benefits?

• Comprehensive: Handle loops, conditional statements, mathematical equation and calculations, and other algorithmic information
• Reliable: Written specifically to create 3D printable models, and therefore it never exports bad or broken geometry
• Modular: Reuse parts and/or transformations while making your code cleaner and easier to read
• Text-readable design, and easily recyclable components or behaviors

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Ease of use
7.6
5.9
Features & Functionality
7.6
9.1
Advanced Features
7.6
9.4
Integration
7.6
8.1
Performance
7.6
8.4
Customer Support
7.6
8.9
Implementation
8.8
Renew & Recommend
8.6
Bottom Line

OpenSCAD is a powerful 3D compiler founded on a textual description language to offer a new approach to 3D modeling.

7.6
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8.4
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OpenSCAD is a free, script only-based 3D modeling suite designed to help engineers create solid 3D CAD objects. It is reliable software for the budget-conscious engineers who are looking for a cost-effective solution with advanced CAD tools.

Unlike other free 3D modelers, OpenSCAD is built with engineers in mind and not the artists; it focuses on the CAD aspects and not the facets of 3D modeling. It presents two modeling techniques; constructive solid geometry (CSG) and extrusion of 2D outlines.

The solution exhibits no characteristic of an interactive modeler. It is more of a 3D compiler designed to read in script files describing the object and render 3D models from the script file. It puts you in complete control over the modeling process and accords you the freedom to modify steps in the modeling process. It allows Windows, Linux, and MacOS users to design solid ACAD objects with ease.

The application offers a definitive modeling method hinged on extrusion of 2D outlines and constructive solid geometry (CSG). The extrusion of 2D outlines modeling technique allows users to take advantage of having the solution interpret design parameters from the AutoCAD DXF files. In addition, OpenSCAD can read and build 3D model in other files formats like OFF and STL. Although OpenSCAD doesn’t offer interactive modeling, it leverages configurable parameters and script files to put engineers in complete control over their design process.

This enables users to customize the steps in the modeling process. The solution empowers users to define customizable variables in the design and alter them at any point of the design process. In addition, changes and new creations are built with numbers, which translates to measurable results at the end of the project. The use of numbers facilitates the ease of adjusting the shape, size, and other key aspects of the designs.

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