Intro to OpenSCAD

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OpenSCAD is Open source software for creating Solid 3D CAD objects. While not the primary focus, closed 2D shapes can also be created.

Where to Get It

Links to downloadable binaries and source repositories can be found under the Download Releases section of the main OpenSCAD web page.


When in doubt, check the manual:


Primitive 2D Shapes

square(), circle(), polygon()

- See example015.scad

Linear Extrude

Rotate Extrude

Primitive 3D Shapes

cube(), sphere(), cylinder(), polyhedron()

Projection - 2D from 3D

Geometric Boolean Operations




Object and Code Re-Use

2D Import - DXF

3D Import - STL

Include and Use SCAD Files


Modules as Objects

Modules as Operators

Optimizing for 3D Printing

Other Useful Tips'n'Tricks

Command Line Options

MCAD Library

Reference Objects for Position, Orientation and Scale