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An OpenSCAD document specifies geometric primitives and defines how they are modified and manipulated to render a 3D model. This allows you to create 3D designs, which are defined by configurable parameters or reuse code for other projects. OpenSCAD is centered around constructive solid geometry (CSG) and extrusion of 2D outlines. OpenSCAD is great at making parametric designs — models represented by numbers that can be easily adjusted to change the size, shape, or any other aspect of a design.

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  1. OpenSCAD Open Source parametric design tool Executables for Windows, Mac, Linux Free to distribute, free to use, cross­platform Converts textual instructions into 3D shapes.
  2. OpenSCAD is great at making parametric designs — models represented by numbers that can be easily adjusted to change the size, shape, or any other aspect of a design.


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OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac.

Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling 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 designes that are defined by configurable parameters.


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


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OpenSCAD works with the following file extensions:

Note: You can click on any file extension link from the list below, to view its detailed information. The list of extensions used or otherwise associated with the application may not be complete, because many common file extensions on our website, such as jpg (pictures) or txt (text files), can be opened by a large number of applications, or are too general file format. However most, if not all directly associated file extensions should be listed with its appropriate program. Although its likely, that some file extensions may be missing from the list of associated file extensions with the application, yet they can be opened, be part of, or otherwise be associated with the program.

OpenSCAD default file extension associations


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This table might not contain all possible associated or supported file types or may contain incorrect data.
If you need more information please contact the developers of OpenSCAD (Marius Kintel), or check out their product website.

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