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About this repository

This repository holds OpenSCAD modules for frequently used 3D printer parts. The modules should be written in such a way as to make it easy to incorporate them into larger designs for specific labware.

What is OpenSCAD?

OpenSCAD is an open-source cross-platform (Windows/Linux/Mac OSX) 3D CAD modeler based on the OpenSCAD programming language. As a programmable modeler, it is not a drag & drop interactive 3D designer but an actual code-based solution to making complex 3D models. It has a slightly steeper learning curve than drag & drop software like TinkerCAD, however, once familiar with its basic syntax, it is immensely powerful and allows for complex, 100% reproducible 3D designs that are easy to customize and share across designs by writing them as modules. Because OpenSCAD designs are literally just text-based script files, they are also perfect for collaboration and version control on GitHub.

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Quick descriptions of some of the modules in this repository and what they may be useful for:

  • box: generate box for electronics with lid and container components (the serial device housings are examples of this)
  • screws: add different types of screws to your design
  • panel mounts: various cutouts for panels (power plugs, switches, etc.)
  • LCD module: insert LCD holder into a surface
  • stepper holder module: generate NEMA stepper motor holders

For more details, look into the individual .scad code files and view the .stl files for rendered examples.

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