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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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A little help with OpenSCAD to Customizer translation?

by shed1

Hey all,

Thought I'd give this a try and I've mostly got a working model, but can't quite get one variable to transfer over to OpenSCAD.

Here's the Thing: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2928206

Everything appears to work except my text variables, hatchText and bottomText.

I imagine it's something to do with my tabbing or semicolons under the difference function, but it's a little hard to troubleshoot without knowing what's happening behind the scenes of Customizer (is there a simulator plugin I'm missing for OpenSCAD?).

EDIT: Changing the values in OpenSCAD works fine! It's just when I upload it to Customizer that it breaks.

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by shed1
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Line Feed in Openscad text module ?

by Hrithik

Hi friends,

I have a text to print on my thing, but this text is too long a single line. I'd like to print it on 2 lines.
The code is almost that :

thetext="My text is too long for a single line" ; 
fontok = "Liberation Sans";
linear_extrude(height = 2) {
       text(str(thetext), font = fontok, size = txtsize);

I'd tried :
thetext="My text is too long \r for a single line" ;
thetext="My text is too long \n for a single line" ;
but nothing is good.
How can I obtain :
"My text in not too long
for a single line" ?
(without using two chains of character) ?

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