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Customizer Update

by tbuser

Customizer now runs the new version of OpenSCAD 2015.03

Also, all the google fonts from http://www.google.com/fonts have been added to the servers and can be used in text() :)

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OpenSCAD 2015.03 is out!

by atartanian

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

Language Features

  • Added text() module for 2D text
  • Added offset() module for 2D offsets
  • Added list comprehensions and let()
  • Added concat() function
  • Added chr() function
  • surface() can now take PNG images as input
  • min() and 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 assign()

Program Features

  • Added Toolbar icons
  • New code editor based on QScintilla
  • Added Splash screen
  • Added SVG export
  • Added AMF export
  • Added --viewall and --autocenter cmd-line parameters
  • 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
  • Better mirror() and scale() behavior when using negative factors


  • polyhedron() now takes a faces= argument rather than triangles=
  • assign() is no longer needed. Local variables can be created in any scope
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by atartanian

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

You can download OpenSCAD from www.openscad.org/downloads.html

This group is a place to discuss all things OpenSCAD including (but not limited to) new features, techniques, questions, libraries, works in progress, etc. So post a new Topic or contribute on an existing one!

Share knowledge, get constructive feedback, and ask questions!

Join to add your OpenSCAD designs or libraries to this group's Things. Non-OpenSCAD designs will be removed.

Have fun!

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OpenSCAD + Google Summer of Code

by Torsten

OpenSCAD, in collaboration with BRL-CAD, has again been accepted to Google Summer of Code.

GSoC is a program to bring students in contact with open source projects. The idea is that the student will work with the project for about 3 month in the summer on a specific topic. Every student and topic will have at least one mentor assigned who is responsible for making that time a useful experience for both the student and the project. Google provides a stipend to all students accepted into GSoC so they can focus fully on that work.

The application period for joining GSoC is still open till next week. So if you are a student and have some interrest in programming, we have a number of topics to choose with different difficulty levels.

More info and links to the suggested topics can be found on the OpenSCAD website - http://www.openscad.org/news.html#20180218

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by abuzaidalam

hi all. i am just wondering which cad software you would recommend out of freecad and openscad. i have heard that freecad is very good for complex parametric design. i have tried a few times but found it rather complex. i currently have a 30 day trial with fusion 360 and think it is amazing. i am not willing to pay 300 pounds for a cad software. do you think that openscad is as powerful and easy to use as fusion 360 and better and easier than freecad

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