Fornjot

The world needs another CAD program.

Roadmap

This page presents the plans for the further development of Fornjot. Fornjot doesn't have a linear roadmap with scheduled milestones. Keeping to something like that is difficult, even under the best circumstances. And as an open source project, Fornjot's development is driven by the priorities of those willing to contribute.

Instead, the milestones on this page define different focus areas for the project, that make sense as the next steps, and are ready to be worked on. The purpose of this roadmap is to inform users and sponsors about where things are going, as well as show contributors what is considered in scope right now.

This roadmap is not exhaustive! If you are interested in something that is not listed here, please get in touch.

Current State

Fornjot is an early-stage project. We have provided an end-to-end experience for a while, meaning you can create a CAD model and export that to a 3MF or STL file for 3D printing. However, all aspects of that experience are unfinished.

Fornjot's functionality is very basic, and essential CAD modeling features are still missing. The current release, while functional, should only be considered a preview. Don't expect to be able to use it for anything but the most basic models.

Immediate Priority: Boolean Operations

Most of the development effort currently goes into the implementation of boolean operations, creating the union, difference, or intersection of two shapes. This is also known as constructive solid geometry (CSG).

The plan is to first focus on providing a stable experience for a subset of shapes, namely those with straight edges and flat faces. For more information, please refer to the blog post introducing this milestone, or the milestone description on GitHub.

Actionable Milestones

In addition to the immediate priority presented above, there are other milestones planned, that could be worked on given sufficient development resources. Contributions in these areas would be especially welcome. Once the current immediate priority has been addressed, those are good candidates to replace it as the main focus.

Basic Usability

Not only are Fornjot's CAD modeling features severely limited, the user experience is still very rough. The subject of this milestone is to make Fornjot more accessible, by improving the app itself, as well as providing user-facing documentation.

For more information, see the milestone description on GitHub.

Initial Web Support

One use case that Fornjot should support, is embedding CAD models into websites. Not just as a simple 3D model, but with the ability to change the model parameters, and export it to external files.

For more information, see the milestone description on GitHub.

Modeling Convenience

Between modeling features and general UI usability sits this milestone: UI issues that directly relate to modeling. Things that make modeling more convenient, and help you inspect your model to help figure out what's going on.

For more information, see the milestone description on GitHub.

Longer-term Plans

The milestones presented above only include work, that is not blocked by other work that needs to be done first. Beyond that, there is lots more to be done:

This is not an exhaustive list. Please check out the feature wishlist for more, and feel free to add your own suggestions.

Fornjot is an ambitious project. How much of that ambition can be realized, depends on how sustainable the project can become. If you can, please consider helping out, by contributing to the project, or by becoming a sponsor.