Free software for creating solid 3D CAD objects for Mac

OpenSCAD for Mac

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OpenSCAD for Mac

  -  26.1 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    OpenSCAD 2021.01 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.9 or later

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    Marius Kintel / External Link

  • Filename


OpenSCAD for Mac is software for creating solid 3D CAD models. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS X. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modeling but instead on the CAD aspects. Thus it might be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts but pretty sure is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer-animated movies.

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.

OpenSCAD for macOS provides two main modelling techniques: First there is constructive solid geometry (aka CSG) and second there is an extrusion of 2D outlines. Autocad DXF files can be used as the data exchange format for such 2D outlines. In addition to 2D paths for extrusion it is also possible to read design parameters from DXF files. Besides DXF files Open SCAD app can read and create 3D models in the STL and OFF file formats.

Also Available: Download OpenSCAD for Windows

  • OpenSCAD 2021.01 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- Add function literals
- Add exponent function (e.g. 2^3)
- Add convexity parameter to resize()
- Add support for generic tail recursion
- Add $vpf for viewport field of view
- Add warnings for ranges with begin < end
- Add warnings for matrix structure problems

- Allow random seeds to stick between rands() calls
- Make comparison operators on mixed types return undef
- Track reason for values turning undef

- Fix Range precision
- Fix empty geometry handling
- Fix search order for imported modules
- Improve internal handling of data values
- Improve performance of array concatenation
- Improve float accuracy of mirror matrix calculation
- Improve polygon and polyhedron warnings/errors

Program Features:
- Add jump to source code from 3D preview
- Add Error-Log window for tracking errors and warnings
- Add window menu to allow keyboard access to all docked windows
- Enable default binary stl output, and ascii option
- Show message in console when caches are flushed
- Disable HTML rendering in console
- Enable color scheme for CGAL 2D render
- Simplified OpenCSG edge shader, with added smoothing
- New and updated translations: Chinese, Armenian, French, Russian, Polish, German

- Edit multiple files in tabs
- Switch tabs via Ctrl+Tab / Ctrl+Shift+Tab
- Modify numbers via mouse scroll (when holding ALT)
- Add auto-complete & call-tips for built-ins
- Add configurable code snippets
- Add (line) bookmarks
- Add jump to error
- Add support for line/block copy and move
- Add convenience context menu to tab header
- Open include<>/use<> files via inline link
- Fix search highlight for utf8 text
- Fix display of matches in search field
- Add Find/Find Next/Find Previous to editor context menu

Command line:
- Support reading scripts from STDIN
- Support export to STDOUT
- Add multi-export on command line
- Add --animate command line option
- Add --export-format command line option
- Allow view-port variables in command-line mode
- Allow export to .ast, .csg, .echo and .term in preview mode
- Print statistics in cmdline mode as in GUI

- Add PDF export (single page only)
- Add support for line-cap and line-join in SVG import
- Add support stroke-linejoin in SVG import
- Change CGAL Union to join least complex geometries first
- Install start shortcut for all users on Windows
- Install icons with defined sizes (e.g. required by flathub)
- Switch to C++14 and allow usage of header-only CGAL
- Add support for lib3MF v2.0 API
- Update AppStream release info

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