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BRL-CAD... After 20 years of active development under a proprietary government license agreement, the BRL-CAD solid modeling suite has been released as Open Source software. BRL-CAD is one of the many legacies of the late Michael Muuss, author of ping. The package began on the PDP-11 and VAX 11/780--before the emergence of ANSI/ISO C language standards--and boasts one of the first parallel Ray tracers in existence. Today BRL-CAD has over 750,000 lines of source code. It incorporates both 3D modeling and rendering capabilities, and supports an API for user-developed geometric analysis applications. It continues to be developed and more...

What's New

Version 7.12.2:
  • new pinewood boxcar example geometry database - Cliff Yapp
  • add mk_arb5, mk_arb6 and mk_arb7 to libwdb - Cliff Yapp
  • added xclone command to mged for xpushed deep copies - Bob Parker
  • fixed clone infinite loop for combinations - Sean Morrison, C. Yapp
  • wrap mged resource paths with spaces - Bob Parker, Elena Bautu
  • new -k 'cutaway view' option added to rt - John more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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How to install it?

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Version 7.12.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Well *here's* a potentially big loophole for the government to... well, I'll leave that conspiracy theory to you.

From the Software License Agreement:

"The BRL-CAD package utilizes and redistributes copies of several 3rd party source code, libraries, and/or applications. Said 3rd party source code, libraries, and/or applications all retain their respective agreements, licenses, and copyrights and should be referred to individually for their specific terms."

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Version 7.6
Anonymous Member IconReview

Didn't compile (PowerBook G4 1.25GHz, 768MB, OS X 10.3.7). Error log:
make[3]: *** [rttherm] Error 1
make[2]: *** [all] Error 2
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make: *** [all-recursive] Error 1

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Version 7.0.2
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This problem was been addressed in the latest release. You can work around the problem in 7.0.4 by running ./autogen.sh first.

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