Architecture

Open CASCADE Technology consists of C++ classes grouped into Packages. They are organized into Toolkits (libraries), and the latest are grouped into seven Modules. You can download Open CASCADE library totally free and use it at any PC with Windows, macOS or Linux. Please refer to our Download page for easy OCCT access. If you are interested in OCCT open-source code, go to the Git Repository for simple git access without registration.

Features

Geometric modeling

OCCT algorithms allow to:

  • Calculate the intersection of two 2D curves,
    surfaces, or a 3D curve and a surface
  • Project points onto 2D and 3D curves,
    points onto surfaces, and 3D curves
    onto surfaces
  • Construct lines and circles from
    constraints
  • Construct curves and surface
    from constraints
  • Construct curves and surfaces
    by interpolation and
    approximation

Geometric modeling

Surface and solid modeling

OCCT comes with algorithms for:

  • Construction of primitives (box, sphere, cylinder, cone, torus, wedge)
  • Computation and comparison of distances between shapes
  • Construction of prisms and pipes
  • Surface extrusion/revolution
  • Defining offset surfaces/curves
  • Defining fillets and chamfers
  • Boolean operations (input, common, cut, fuse.)

Surface and solid modeling

Data Exchange

Data Exchange module allows developing OCCT-based applications that interact with other CAD systems by writing and reading 3D models to and from external data in open and vendor-neutral formats.

This tool handles various problems of interoperability between CAD systems, caused by differences in model validity criteria and requirements to internal representation.

Supported formats:

B-Rep: STEP (ISO 10303), IGES, BREP (native)
Mesh: glTF, VRML (ISO 14772), OBJ Wavefront, STL

Visualization

OCCT visualization toolset provides:

  • Cross-platform renderer based on OpenGL and OpenGL ES
  • Compatibility with mobile, embedded (OpenGL ES)
    and web (WebGL) platforms
  • Built-in photo-realistic Ray-Tracing engine
    supporting global illumination
  • Clipping planes/box with capping
  • PBR metallic-roughness
    material workflow
  • Fast algorithms picking
    objects by mouse

Visualization

Should you have more particular queries (for example, how to read dwg files in OCCT or what is the easiest free cad drawing software to use for your specific purposes etc.), one of the ways you can get support is reading blog or posting on OCCT forum, where all the questions are very welcome.

Active forum topics

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Use cases

Open CASCADE Technology is also a backbone of many good projects. For example, FreeCAD providing parametric 3D modelling, drafting and many other capabilities is easy to use for beginners. KiCad – free 3D CAD software for PCB layouts design. Gmsh – a fast meshing tool. Salome – a platform for numerical simulation. CAD Assistant – a powerful viewer and converter. To review the projects based on OCCT, refer to the links below.

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