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Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014 by Mark Frauenfelder

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12 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE USING OPENSCAD

WRITTEN BY TIM DEAGAN

The greatest little 3D modeling program you (maybe) never heard of.

The biggest hurdle for 3D printing newbies is probably making original model files. Turning raw plastic into precision parts is mighty maker mojo, but how do you design the parts to begin with? The traditional approach to 3D modeling requires mastery of a complex graphical CAD interface before you can produce anything but the simplest shapes. If you’d rather skip all that and just type in the specifications of your design, Clifford Wolf and Marius Kintel’s OpenSCAD modeling program may be for you. We think it’s the best thing going for first-time 3D designers as well as seasoned pros. Here’s why.

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