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OpenSCAD review by User in Higher Education
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"CAD for programmers, not so much for designers"

What do you like best?

If you want to learn the mathematics that's involved in a CAD software, use OpenSCAD. This is mainly used by programmers.

What do you dislike?

Complex designs are geometries are too difficult to create. Usage is mainly limited to creating basic shapes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it to understand programming and for simple models only.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Programming CAD models.

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OpenSCAD review by Matt B.
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"lightweight, free parametric modeling for programmers"

What do you like best?

* parametric modeling

* the designs are code so..

* ..you can "diff" changes

* ..you can use normal source control practices

* ..you can collaborate in a style that's familiar for programmers

What do you dislike?

* complex designs are difficult

* no support for assemblies

* no notion of joints or mating surfaces

* difficult to measure distances between objects

* have to learn a DSL -- could OpenSCAD have been more SVG-like?

* sometimes the software was buggy and crashed

* there are (arguably) better alternatives for simple tasks, like, imho, Fusion 360

Recommendations to others considering the product

* try it for simple designs

* but also consider using Fusion 360 or Onshape

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

for designing prototype fixtures the benefits were the extreme ease of use and speed of this program

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OpenSCAD review by Administrator in Medical Devices
Administrator in Medical Devices
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"I used OpenSCAD briefly for a project"

What do you like best?

OpenSCAD is so amazing because you can create things with code. It's like a little bit of Matlab and a little bit of Solidworks.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how limited you are. Yes you can create and edit items you make, but it just seems TOO simplistic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this for a side project to design and to create 3-D printed objects.

What Product and Machine Design solution do you use?

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