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MakerSCAD Block-Based parametric 3D modeling
 
 
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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
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Jan 1, 2017 @ 1:03pm
Jan 12, 2017 @ 7:51pm
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Release date: Early 2017
MakerSCAD Block-Based parametric 3D modeling

MakerSCAD is a web-based parametric 3D creation suite that allows the user to program 3D objects, worlds and games! Designed by teachers, software engineers and designers; MakerSCAD aims to bring together computer programming, digital fabrication and design.



MakerSCAD takes a different approach than traditional 3D modeling tools. Most entry level software uses methods like adding a primitive shape and "editing" its components by selecting a face, vertex or edge and dragging it to modify the object's geometry, textures and animation data. In short, you destructibly modify the mesh. With MakerSCAD we are taking a different approach to modeling by using coding to define our objects this allows the user to make changes as easy as changing one number.

With traditional modeling tools users normally model on the go. This means that it can be very difficult to go back and make a change if a decision made early on didn't quite work out the way we planned. Let's face it, failure is part of life. Life is about learning from failures, but that doesn't mean failure has to slow us down! With the "traditional" modeling process finding a failure early on in a design process can mean just a quick change, but what if you don't find that early failure until very late in the design process? At that point, sometimes it would be easier to start from scratch than to go back and change everything according to the corrections or parameters. By using a parametric system and creating reactive variables in our model, the design can be changed by only tweaking the right parameter, taking a fraction of the time to modify the object. In some cases this can save hundreds of hours for the designer. It takes a small investment of time to learn to "program" the shape to respond to your input, and we can show you how.

What will MakerSCAD have :
  • 3D modeling for 3D printing (CSG) - Implemented
  • Textures and lightning - Implemented
  • Animation -Implemented
  • Game Logic and physics - In progress
  • HTML5 export - In progress
  • UI and interactivity -In progress
  • VR export -In progress

You can test MakerSCAD Alpha for free HERE [play.makerscad.com] stand alone version will be released on STEAM.
Here is a small infographic about how to use the basic tools for MakerSCAD:

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9 Comments
Luigi  [author] Jan 12, 2017 @ 7:38pm 
Thanks b1uecat, heres a link to the kickstarter (theres more info there) but that is a great advice we wll look into it and post a nice infograpic!
http://kck.st/2dsOs7p
b1uecat Jan 12, 2017 @ 7:45am 
Looks interesting, and should be very competitive at around 20 usd. I would be interested in seeing a video/infographic/summary on what distinguishes it from sketchup and other free 3d tools. Good luck!
Luigi  [author] Jan 9, 2017 @ 2:54pm 
Thank you charles ! we are happy you like it!:steamhappy::steamhappy:
charles_b80 Jan 9, 2017 @ 12:39am 
I had the chance to try it, it's really easy to use !
Luigi  [author] Jan 8, 2017 @ 2:29pm 
@baleisen we are at about 20 USD
baleisen Jan 7, 2017 @ 3:13pm 
What will this cost?
MakerSCAD  [author] Jan 7, 2017 @ 11:46am 
@DukeP and @Ledgehanger, thanks for your comments :), we are aiming to make it easier for newcomers to get started in their projects.
DukeP Jan 6, 2017 @ 11:34am 
There's not that many real maker software that's accessible for new makers.
Ledgehanger Jan 6, 2017 @ 10:05am 
In a world in which 3D modeling is becoming more important with the advent of 3D printing and VR, this looks to provide a good tool by which people can learn and do some of that modeling.