how to begin with Open Cascade


I just discovered Open Cascade and I'd like to use it to develop a GUI that will permit to create railway networks, to associate routes to this network and to simulate railway traffic. Firstly, I'd like to be sure Open Cascade is well suited to my needs ... And secondly, where could I find some tips or tutorials to begin my application ?

Thanks for your answers,


Régis Le Boité's picture


In a first step I propose you to read the "Technical Overview" of Open CASCADE at:

With this overview, you will have general informations about Open CASCADE. If you think that it is not enough, you can read the full documentation at:

If you need to know more about customers using Open CASCADE, check out the "Customer success stories and testimonials" web page at.

Stay tuned!

Régis Le Boité

mark's picture

Since I have been more interested in the JAVA integration with CASCADE, a good way to get started is to download the Forte JAVA IDE from netbeans/Sun ( ) this is a beta version but works well under Linux with CASCADE and it is FREE.

Then start working with the Samples (i.e. SamplesTopology) in JAVA. The IDE lets you trace through the code to learn how it fits together.

If you or anyone else is interested, let me know and I will tell you what is needed to integrate Forte with the CASCADE samples. It is not very hard.