Introduction to OpenSCAD

This will be an introductory class on creating 3D and 2D models with OpenSCAD (

Topics will include:

• How to install OpenSCAD (Linux, Mac OSX, Windows)

• How to use OpenSCAD to create models

• How to make parametric models

• Exporting models (STL, DXF, images)

• Debugging

There is a nominal charge ($10) for this class, to fund Nova Labs.

Please park in the commuter parking lot across the street. 

*** See for map and parking details. ***

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  • Craig T.

    February 12, 2014

  • Erica

    I hope to be there on time. But it is so much easier when the classes start at 7 30; that way we Maryland folks can avoid rush hour.

    February 11, 2014

  • Craig T.

    Slides will be posted after the class; feel free to stop by even if you're a little late.

    February 11, 2014

  • Brent P. N.

    Apologies; I'm not feeling well, so in the interests of not passing it on, I'm going to pass on tonight.

    February 11, 2014

  • M M

    Sorry for the late notice but I am unable to attend tonight. If there are slides or a document would I be able to get those?

    February 11, 2014

  • Steve T.

    Work happens. Cant make it now either

    February 11, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Hello , I have run into some work issues and likely will not be able to make it until 7:15-7:30. Should I plan on missing the class? I downloaded open s cad on my laptop last night.... Is that the program we will be using or is there something else I should have?

    February 11, 2014

  • fae p.

    I'm would like to take this class, but I've heard it is really for engineers. I'm an artist with a dream of developing my paintings into 3D print ready images. I have one done on Illustrator, but can't get behind the image. Thanks,

    February 10, 2014

    • Craig T.

      There is a broad spectrum of tools for doing CAD modeling. OpenSCAD is at the programming / engineering end of the spectrum, whereas tools like Blender are at the interactive / artistic end. While I like to think that everyone could benefit from taking this class, a class on Blender would probably be more useful to you. For other 3D modelling tools, see: http://en.wikipedia.o...­

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    • Keith

      Another member uses a program called Sculptris(so?) To make more "organic" looking models and he's described it as using a mouse to push and pull on a ball of clay. I haven't used it myself yet.

      February 11, 2014

  • fae p.

    I appreciate that.

    February 10, 2014

  • Steve S

    I would love to attend, but Tuesday is my night for class over at GMU. Maybe next time!

    January 17, 2014

  • Craig T.

    My original plan was to start with installation and give a walkthrough talk, but if people want to do a hands-on class instead, that would be fine with me. What I can't do is provide pre-installed laptops for everyone to use (not enough equipment or time), so you'd have to bring your own or share with a neighbor.

    January 16, 2014

  • Mack

    Should we have it installed on our computers for this class or are we just going to be doing walkthroughs on a projector or something?

    January 16, 2014

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