3d modeling recommendations?

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Thu Jul 12 21:26:09 UTC 2018

On 07/12/18 16:12, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:46:36 -0500
> Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu> wrote:
>> On 07/12/18 15:23, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>>> 	It's based around text files describing what is to be drawn,
>>> writing scad files is a lot like writing a program with extrusion and
>>> CSG as primitives.
>> I used FreeCAD quite successfully to send models to 3D printing company
>> (and we printed them in house as well). There is FreeCAD package (as
>> well as port). I'm sure there is openscad package on FreeBSD as well
> 	Oh sure there's a package - I tried FreeCAD and a few others but I
> found it much easier to do precise models with text files than by drawing.
> I mostly do woodwork or building design with it so I have a library of
> components and with careful use of echo I can get a materials and cutting
> list on stdout while it renders an STL or image.

Oh, good, now we know the difference. Yes, FreeCAD is more GUI way 
drawing (I don't know if it can do script based drawing), and GUI is 
what I'm more used to with what I do (parts/fitting for ship model).



Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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