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I use OpenSCAD, it's a coding like language for creating 3d objects.
As a software developer by day, I find it rather easy, simply because I understand methods, loops, if's and objects.

To give you an idea of the language, something like this:

for(i = [0:9]) {
translate([i * 10,0,0]) cylinder(d = 5, h = 50, $fn=50);
}


would give you 10 identical 5mm wide by 50mm high cylinders, at 10mm distance apart on the x axis.

It can generate stl files for passing to the slicer. I have yet to have a problem with the slicer thinking the internals of any object is empty, and I have no problem in overlapping objects (I commonly place objects 0.1mm inside each other).

I also like that I can split complex parts into their own modules (methods) and then preview the entire printed object inside openscad, then print off each section by itself. I've found I've been able to do joins between components far better and more accurately than by simply slicing a model into two using the slicer.

To make things easier, there is also a community of people who design parts inside OpenSCAD. From simple libraries like a triangles library, to more complex libraries like gears, which can all be downloaded for free as well.

As for what I'm doing with the pieces I print, well I'm building a full sized functioning jumbo jet (boeing 747-400) simulator. I'm printing panels, controls, buttons and switches (the sort that you can't just get at your local electronics stores), and every piece has been designed with OpenSCAD.
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