OpenSCAD is an open source programming language and IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for parametric 3D design. It is used to create precise, customizable and easily modifiable designs ready for 3D printing. It has a growing developer community and is the tool used to create designs compatible with the MakerBot Customizer app: http://www.thingiverse.com/apps/customizer
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WOOT! now we can put comic sans on everything ;D
get it here: http://www.openscad.org/downloads.html
If you make any scripts that use features from the new version, add links to them in this post!
Summary of changes
text()module for 2D text
offset()module for 2D offsets
- Added list comprehensions and
surface()can now take PNG images as input
max()can now take a vector argument
- 2D minkowski can now handle polygons with holes
- Variables can now be assigned in local blocks without using
- Added Toolbar icons
- New code editor based on QScintilla
- Added Splash screen
- Added SVG export
- Added AMF export
- GUI is now translated into German, Czech, Spanish, French and Russian
- MDI (Multiple Document Interface) is now available on all platforms
- Color schemes for viewer and editor can be user-edited using JSON files
- GUI components are now dockable
- Added Tickmarks on axes
- Performance improvement: 2D (clipper), preview, hull, minkowski, surface
- Performance improvement: Reduce duplicate evaluation of identical expressions
- Better recursion behavior
- STL export and import is now more robust
- Internal cavities are better supported
- New examples
- Windows cmd-line behaves better
scale()behavior when using negative factors
polyhedron()now takes a
faces=argument rather than
assign()is no longer needed. Local variables can be created in any scope
I've found it much easier to fix off-centered axes of imported objects by first loading the object in question into my slicer, clicking on "Center on Platform" and then re-exporting the object back out.
Now do your import("/some/path/to/my/object/foo.stl") and it will show up right at origin in OpenSCAD.
This works for me in Cura and Ideamaker and is much simpler than having to remember how to do it across Fusion,OnShape,Meshlab, etc.
I've had this junk Gateway laptop running since 2012 so I am well past due to treat myself to a new machine, but it still does what I need it to do. As of recently, I've been doing a lot of designing and printing prototypes, and I only design with OpenSCAD because point and click apps kinda freak me out, lol. Some of my SCAD designs take a long time to render and I was wondering if a newer PC with a faster processor will render quicker? Are there any cheap end PCs I should shop for?