Development roadmap

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Important: many of these roadmaps are not up to date or perhaps abandoned. This page and the pages it links to most likely contain obsolete info. A 'soft' roadmap can be found on the bugtracker but for now there isn't a 'hard' roadmap. There are many efforts going on simultaneously.

FreeCAD - though usable in many applications - is at the beginning of a long journey into CAD mainstream. There is still a lot to do to reach a state where we can compete with commercial software.

This section gives an overview of what is planned and gives you the opportunity to participate or give your opinion. As we are volunteers to FreeCAD we have only a certain amount of time. So if you interested in one of the topics and willing to help, just let us know! We use the Getting Things Done (GTD) style for the project document. Here is the Project template.


Project Description Category Status
STEP project about improving and advancing the STEP support in FreeCAD Modeling, File formats Current
Naming project is about implementing a robust Shape referencing frame work. Modeling Current
FreeCAD development model project move FreeCAD to a more capable development model Development process Current
Sketcher project is ongoing implementation of the constraint/parametric Sketcher Modeling, 2D contstraints Current
PartDesign project is the effort towards a working part-design in FreeCAD Modeling Current
Assembly project creates a assembly module which handle product creation, part-lists and some kinematics. Modeling, 3D constraints Current
Architecture project will throw the bases of a modern, parametric architectural modeling environment. Modeling, BIM Current
Units project finally get FreeCAD to recognize different Units and Units-systems. Modeling, Manufacturing documentation, Dimensions and referencing Current
Resource framework project address the user collaboration, PDM catalog/standard part stuff Cloud, Databases, BOM Current
Quality project aims to hide unfinished features and improve the documentation. Development process Current
Raytracing project provide a new generic interface for external renderers for visualisation 3D visualization Current
UTF Project aims to update FreeCAD's Coin3D interface to utilise UTF Strings for better multilanguage experience with non ASCII characters Internationalization Current
FEM project provides a FEM module in FreeCAD. Modeling, Analysis Current
Material data model Effort to describe a material data model in FreeCAD Modeling Current
Python 3 Porting FreeCAD to Python 3. Development tools Current
HiDPI support Supporting scalability on 4K displays. GUI Current
Tolerancing The support of modeling tolerances, using international standards (ISO 1101 / ASME Y14.5, ISO 16792 / ASME Y14.41) Modeling, Manufacturing documentation, Dimensions and referencing Current
Land Survey Workbench Blueprint Future
Robot project A Robot simulation workbench Modeling, 3D constraints Finished
Artwork project A project to update logo and icons GUI Current

Release schedule

Like in the most FLOSS projects a release schedule is very rough. There will be no fixed dates and "It's done, when it's done!"

  • The Release process page gather ideas for a more efficient release workflow