Alternatives to OpenSCAD for all platforms with any license

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    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Autodesk AutoCAD

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    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

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    BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Browser based 3D solid CAD editor, Openscad style, with a Coffeescript based syntax, using only Coffeescript + Javascript

    Open Source Linux Web / Cloud

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    Open Source Windows

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    PTC Creo

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    Commercial Windows

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    OpenSCAD + JavaScript = OpenJSCAD, edit locally or remote online, preview in browser direct via WebGL.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    CAD tool from a parallel universe in which CAD software evolved from Lisp machines rather than drafting tables.

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • CadQuery

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    Open Source Self-Hosted

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • form•Z icon


    Powerful 3D design application featuring a variety of modeling personalities and tools with an easy to use interface to express and...

    Freemium Mac Windows

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  • ImplicitCAD

    ImplicitCAD is a programmatic CAD program, implemented in Haskell. Unlike traditional CAD programs, programmatic CAD programs use text...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Cobalt icon


    Cobalt is a parametric 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It offers wireframe, solid and...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • CADPlatform Discontinued

    CADPlatform Parametric Modeling Platform. It's base on Open Cascade Technology.

    Open Source Windows

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    Drag-and-drop 3D Computer Aided Design and modeling tool designed for use by elementary-age children.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

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    CMS IntelliCAD

    CMS IntelliCAD® is a full-featured Compatible CAD Software. CMS IntelliCAD also offers a full suite of 2D and 3D AutoCAD®...

    Commercial Windows

  • VARKON Discontinued

    Varkon is a very powerful parametric 2D/3D CAD, modeling and application development tool for engineering, design, architecture, etc....

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • ScratchyCAD icon


    Powerfull 3D design tool for 3D printing, virtual reality and game engine. Exports to STL, OBJ, and HTML5 3D websites.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS

  • Autodesk 123D Design icon

    Autodesk 123D Design

    123D Design is a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool which supports many new 3D printers.

    Free Mac Windows iPad

  • RapCAD icon


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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • CScheme

    CScheme is the integration of geometric kernels in a functional language.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • PLaSM

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OpenSCAD Comments


Comment by sgall
about OpenSCAD Sep 2011

Openscad enables you to construct 3D objects by building up from cubes, prisms, spheres, cones etc. You specify dimensions in a script which I find easier because I dont have to learn a viewing and editing interface.
Also making accurate drawings does not require manual dexterity.

There is a rendering interface so that you can see your object in 3D. This is a little limited but quite workable. My main problem is losing the object by zooming out too far or having it offscreen and it is a bit hard to get it visible again.

Output and printing is limit. You can output in STL, which I have imported into Blender OK. You can project onto a plane which you can output as DXF. This does not seem to load into InkScape unfortunately. Someone said it loads into Openoffice draw. The DXF file opens into Qcad OK. This is how I have printed so far but you have the Qcad text written over your file on the demo version.

I am making a plan of my house. I have found this the most successful solution yet because I can add a room or 2 at night by just adding to the script and I can add comments.

One niggle - (I think it is limitation of the constcructive geometry system used) is that you cant get the program to to give you measurements off a constructed object. You are reduced to working out coordincates which can be tricky after you have done a lot of transforms.