News archive

Following news are archives published on the old static webpage.

2010-02-27—Parametric Modeling Tutorial

In pythonOCC, parametric modeling is enabled by the Parametric Application Framwork (PAF). Learn how to get started with PAF by reading the PAF Tutorial (PDF file, 1.4Mb).

2010-02-25—Development page move to googlecode

The pythonOCC team registered the project on the googlecode hosting solution. The old gna page is not used anymore. Please visit for more information.

The transfer is not completed yet, however modifications are already commited to the new subversion repository. Please update your local copy if you want to stay up to date with recent developments.

2010-01-07—pythonOCC 0.4 release and new Blog

pythonOCC 0.4 was released today. Here are the main changes since the 0.3 release:

pythonOCC 0.4 comes with new advanced meshing features coming from the smesh project,

many new samples,
the OCC wrapper was improved (few missing modules were added, typical C++ mechanisms were pythonized),

64 bits support,

New graphical backends (PyQt and python-xlib),

MacOSX Snow Leopard support,

better installation script

as usual, many minor fixes/enhancements in the whole API.

pythonOCC-0.4 was successfully built/tested on Windows platforms (XP/Seven with py2.5/2.6), Linux (Ubuntu 9.10, OpenSuse) as well as MacOSX (SnowLeopard). Please join the newpythonOCC Blog to follow up fresh news and infomation!

2009-08-19—pythonOCC 0.3 released

At last, here it is! After 4 long months of intense development, the latest 0.3 pythonOCC release is available. The new pythonOCC wraps not only the OpenCASCADE library but also the excellent salomegeometry library from Fotios Soutis. This enables a highly dynamic 3D modeling in a new framework untitled Parametric Application Framwork (PAF). Here are the main changes since the 0.2 release:

a new Parametric Application Framework (PAF) has been developed. It enables parametric 3D modeling, to have the finest control over all geometris created. The Parameters/Rule/Relation classes, developed in a pythonic mood, will give you access to topological/geometrical complexity, modularity and simplcity at the same time,

tons of new samples are available, making even easier now to learn the complete API,

the OCC wrapper was improved (few missing modules were added, typical C++ mechanisms were pythonized),

Python 2.6 support (thanks to Sébastien Ramage),

as usual, many minor fixes/enhancements in the whole API.

Now, just enjoy pythonOCC and parametric modeling!

2009-05-31—pythonOCC at the PyConFr2009 conference

The pythonOCC projected was presented at the 3rd French Python Conference. Slides are available in PDF format (3.4Mb – French).

2009-04-10—pythonOCC at the 11th PDE conference

The pythonOCC projected was presented at the 11th NASE-ESA workshop on Product Data Exchange ( The abstract and presentation are available from the WorkShop page ( or can directly be accessed here: PDF (3.1Mb) or PPT(5.3Mb). A few screencasts have been made to support the presentation, and can be browsed from Many Thanks to Steven Waterbury, chair of the workshop, who suggested this presentation.

2009-04-10—pythonOCC wo0.2 released

We’re really pround to announce this new release, which is really a huge step far from the previous one and closer to our main goal: provide an easy-to-use, deploy, maintain and industrial quality python CAD package. Here are the main changes:

‘wo’ stands for ‘Whole OpenCascade’: almost the whole OCC API (about 90%) is now covered by the wrapper. Pleat read this file to lists available modules,

memory leaks were fixed,

pythonOCC comes now with a complete set of sample scripts,

the licence was moved to the GNU General Public License v3,

many bugfixes and improvements.

A special thank to new contributors of the project: Bryan Bishop, Bryan Cole, Frank Conradie and Arthur Magill.

2009-03-12—pythonOCC applies the Google Summer of Code 2009 program

This year PythonOCC is looking forward to joining the GSoC 2009 program! Please visit the pythonOCC ideas page to check out expected developments. For any further information please suscribe the pythonOCC users mailing list or email Thomas Paviot at tpaviot__at_gmail_Dot_com.

2009-03-10—pythonOCC license moves to GNU GPL v3

pythonOCC wrapper was untill now distributed under the terms of the CeCILL-A license (a french open GPL-like license). This license is however not approved byt the Open Source Initiative. From now, pythonOCC (March, 10th 2009) will be released under the terms of the standard GNU General Public License version 3. Open Source, Free Software, Open Standards: the combination of these concepts will lead pythonOCC to the era of Agile CAD Development!

2009-02-09—pythonOCC md0.1 released

After almost one year of hard work to provide a python wrapper to OpenCascade library, we’re pleased to announce the availability of pythonOCC-md0.1 release. This release, with many improvements in reliabilty, portability as well as wide OpenCascade coverage can be considered as the proof-of-concept of the project: provide an agile CAD development environment based upon industrial quality free software. This result could be achieved thanks to a collaborative work involving Dave Cowden, Doug Du Boulay, Jelle Feringa, Andy Haywood, Björn Hein, Marco Nawijn, Thomas Paviot and Torsten Sadowski. Thanks also to the precious help of Roman Lygin’s blog.

pythonOCC now provide:

modular build: saved compilation time as well as memory footprint,

OpenCascade smart pointers handling,

Windows, Linux and MacOSX support,

almost 200 OCC packages wrapped covering more than 6000 classes.

Previous releases are now considered as preliminary drafts and have been removed from this page.

Everything starts now!