BRL-CAD for Newbies
By: Cameron Wolfe
BRL-CAD is a computer aided design (CAD) software. It allows you to design houses if you are an architect, design robotics part, or just draw and model things you find in the world. In order to take advantage of this tool you need to download and install it on your computer.
1. Go to http://brlcad.org/
2. Click Download
3. You will find yourself on the download page.
4. Click on your operating system to begin the download
5. Install it
Now you can start modeling! First, you need to search for mged in your computer’s finder or on the start menu and open the program. Once you have opened up MGED you see that there is a terminal with a white background and a graphical window with a black background. Once you see that you can almost begin to model, but first you need to create the file, or database that you are editing. In order to do that you need to go to the graphical layout then click File>New and type in the file name and select the file will be saved, then click save. After that, you will be prompted if you want to make the database, click yes and now you can start modeling. The first shape that I made was a sphere, but there are many other types of primitive shapes.
If you don’t know how to do a certain thing then just type in help. and all of the commands will be listed with a description of what they do and how you use them.