Scotty3D is the 3D modeling, rendering, and animation package that students complete as part of 15-462/662 Computer Graphics at Carnegie Mellon University.

The current version of the starter code is available at .

User documentation and example works are available at .

GitHub Setup

Please do not use a public GitHub fork of this repository! We do not want solutions to be public. You should work in your own private repo. We recommended creating a mirrored private repository with multiple remotes. The following steps go over how to achieve this.

The easiest (but not recommended) way is to download a zip from GitHub and make a private repository from that. The main disadvantage with this is that whenever there is an update to the base code, you will have to re-download the zip and manually merge the differences into your code. This is a pain, and you already have a lot to do in 15462/662, so instead, let git take care of this cumbersome "merging-updates" task:

  1. Clone Scotty3D normally - git clone

  2. Create a new private repository (e.g. MyScotty3D) - Do not initialize this repository - keep it completely empty. - Let's say your repository is now hosted here:

  3. Ensure that you understand the concept of remotes in git. - When you clone a git repository, the default remote is named 'origin' and set to the URL you cloned from. - We will set the origin of our local clone to point to MyScotty3D.git, but also have a remote called sourcerepo for the public Scotty3D repository.

  4. Now go back to your clone of Scotty3D. This is how we add the private remote: - Since we cloned from the CMU-Graphics/Scotty3D.git repository, the current value of origin should be - You can check this using git remote -v, which should show: origin (fetch) origin (push) - Rename origin to sourcerepo: - git remote rename origin sourcerepo - Add a new remote called origin: - git remote add origin - We can now push the starter code to our private copy: - git push origin -u main

  5. Congratulations! you have successfully mirrored a git repository with all past commits intact.

Now, let's see why this setup may be useful: say we start doing an assignment and commit regularly to our private repo (our origin). Then the 15-462 staff push some new changes to the Scotty3D skeleton code that we want to pull in. But, we don't want to mess up the changes we've added to our private copy. Here's where git comes to the rescue:

  1. Commit all local changes to your origin.
  2. Run git pull sourcerepo main - this pulls all the changes from sourcerepo into your local copy. - If there are files with changes in both origin and sourcerepo, git will attempt to automatically merge the updates. Git may create a "merge" commit for this. - Unfortunately, there may be conflicts. Git will handle as many merges as it can, then then tell you which files have conflicts that need manual resolution. You can resolve the conflicts in your text editor and create a new commit to complete the merge process.
  3. After you have completed the merge, you now have all the updates locally. Push to your private origin to publish changes there too: - git push origin main

General Setup

  1. Install a C++ compiler:
    • Windows: Visual Studio 2022
    • MacOS: XCode (latest available)
    • Linux: g++ (latest available)
  2. Install node (our build system is written in command-line javascript.)
  3. Clone this repository.
  4. Download and extract the nest-libs as a child of the repository folder:
    • Linux:
    • MacOS:
    • Windows:

Building and Running

Run, from a command prompt that has your compiler available:

#change to the directory with the repository:
$ cd Scotty3D
#use Maek to build the code:
Scotty3D$ node Maekfile.js
#run the UI:
Scotty3D$ ./Scotty3D
#run the tests:
Scotty3D$ ./Scotty3D --run-tests

Note that you should read Maekfile.js. about the available command line options and how to configure your own build. All the code has been nicely documented to help you understand the building process and reinforce your learning.


Run git pull to make sure you have the latest handout version. We'll let you know when to do this, but generally you should pull before starting on a new assignment (e.g. when you switch from A1 to A2).

Useful Resources

More info about Scotty3D can be found in the User Guide (and again, Maekfile.js!). We will also post on Piazza if there's an update you should be aware of. Make sure you have access to these, and don't hesitate to ask questions!

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