OpenSCAD is a fantastic free tool for 3D modeling, but it’s much less intuitive to use for non-programmers than mouse-driven programs like Tinkercad. As powerful as it may be, the learning curve is quite steep. OpenSCAD’s clickable cheat sheet and manual are still useful, but they really are more of a reference than anything else. Don’t be afraid, because [Jochen Kerdels] had quite productive lockdown and wrote a free comprehensive guide to mastering OpenSCAD.[Jochen]The book opens with a nice introduction to OpenSCAD and its user environment and quickly moves on to 10 useful projects of increasing complexity that start with simple things like wall anchors and shelf brackets and end with recursive trees. .
There are plenty of printing tips along the way to help complete these projects with minimal frustration, and the book ends by covering additional features not expressly used in the projects.
Of course you can still support [Jochen]It’s a Herculean effort buying the print edition and forcing yourself to type everything in instead of copy / paste, or give it to someone to show them all the program has to offer.
Need help mastering the OpenSCAD workflow? We have that. Do you just want to make boxes or airfoils? We also have them in stock.
Main images and thumbnails via [Devlin Thyne]