BRL-CAD Tutorial Series: Volume I - Overview and Installation

Report No. ARL-SR-113
Authors: Lee A. Butler and Eric W. Edwards
Date/Pages: February 2002; 30 pages
Abstract: Since 1979, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory has been developing and distributing the BRL-CAD constructive solid geometry (CSG) modeling package for a wide range of military and industrial applications. The package includes a large collection of tools and utilities, including an interactive geometry editor, raytracing and generic framebuffer libraries, network-distributed image-processing and signal-processing capabilities, and an embedded scripting language. As part of this effort, a multivolume tutorial series is being developed to assist users in the many features of the BRL-CAD package. The "Overview and Installation" guide, which is the first volume in the series, addresses the background purpose, and strengths of the package; the libraries and utilities included within it; platform-specific installation instructions; and information about bugs and updates. Other volumes focus on advanced features, individual utilities, and programming.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2002