3D printing is a popular topic among geeks. One of the general problem we face is: Where to get a 3D model to print? Most of us are good coders, but lousy designers. Let's face it. Trying to produce some content in Blender drives me crazy and it usually ends up as crap. That's where OpenSCAD comes in handy. Quote from the OpenSCAD website :
"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 you (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."
In this workshop I'll teach you how to use OpenSCAD and how to create useful parametric 3D models designed mostly for 3D printing.
Come with OpenSCAD pre-installed. On Fedora, that means installing the
openscad package (openscad-MCAD can be installed as well). On other
platforms, see http://www.openscad.org/downloads.html
- also note that
we will use OpenSCAD 2014.03. Newer dev snapshot is also fine, but
nothing older (e.g. Ubuntu package is old).