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Introduction to 3D Modeling with OpenSCAD

Create amazing 3D models using a free and easy to use software. A quick start course for 3D printing enthusiasts.
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This short course will teach you everything you need to get started with OpenSCAD. OpenSCAD is a free code based 3D modeling tool in which complex 3D models can be built using the principles of constructive geometry and extrusion. Through 3 illustrative examples, we will cover the creation of basic shapes and the use of operations to combine these shapes into complex structures. This is a great class for hobbyists and 3D printing enthusiasts who are new to OpenSCAD. Students of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy seeing the beautiful and complex designs that can be created in OpenSCAD using only a few lines of code.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for hobbyists and 3D printing enthusiasts who want a quick introduction to a free and powerful 3D modeling tool. No prior 3D modeling experience is needed.
  • This course is not for you if you are looking to learn about the actual process of 3D printing.
  • This course is meant for beginners in 3D modeling or geometric 3D modeling.
  • This course is not meant for those interested in artistic 3D modeling and animation.
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What Will I Learn?
Use OpenSCAD to create printable 3D models
Use geometric transformations to create beautiful and complex 3D shapes
Design personalized 3D printed gifts
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  • You should possess a basic understanding of geometric shapes
  • You should have access to a PC/ Mac OS/ Linux computer to install and run OpenSCAD
  • You do not need to own a 3D printer
  • You do not need any prior experience in 3D modeling
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 30:23
3 Lectures 02:56

In this lecture we will present examples of some objects that you will be able to model at the end of this course.

Preview 01:03

Making a pen stand
9 Lectures 17:51

Now it is your turn to model something. Can you write OpenSCAD code for a dumbbell as shown in the picture? Make a choice of suitable dimensions for your model.

Modeling a dumbbell
1 question

Modeling a dumbbell - Solution

Linear Extrusion

Completing the Pen Stand

Building Modules

3D Printing the Pen Stand

Try modeling the pen stand shown below. Hint: Use the rotate_extrude function.

Modeling another pen stand
1 question

This video provides a solution to the problem posed in Quiz 2. An updated version of the code described in the video is posted in the resources section. The cyclindrical base has been translated to provide a flat base for the pen stand and make it easier to print. Thanks to Peetersm for pointing this out and providing the solution.

Modeling another pen stand - solution
Designing decorative coasters
4 Lectures 05:36
Breaking down the coaster into its components

Building the coaster

3D printing the coaster

Try using your new skills to make this bangle. Can you see the components that make us this design?

Modeling a bangle
1 question

Modeling a bangle - solution
Making personalized key ring tags
2 Lectures 02:41
Breaking Down the Key Ring Tag

Building the Key Ring Tag
2 Lectures 01:19
Going from designs to prints

Thank you!
About the Instructor
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Mathematician, Educator, Pirate of the Caribbean

Sukhada Fadnavis is a Mathematician who is enthusiastic about online education. She has over six years of experience teaching mathematics to students at various levels. Breaking down complex concepts into simpler understandable modules is her favorite part of the teaching process.

Sukhada obtained her PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University and her Bachelors degree from Caltech.

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Engineer, Inventor, Tinkerer

Arunanshu Roy is an engineer and scientist with 3 years of professional experience. He loves to design, plan, hack and tinker to solve problems and make things work.

Arunanshu holds a PhD and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

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