Manipulator Workbench

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Manipulator workbench icon.svg

The Manipulator External Workbench Icon


Introduction

Manipulator Workbench is an external workbench aimed to help FreeCAD users with Aligning, Moving, Rotating and Measuring 3D objects through a friendly GUI. These series of tools help to Transform the placement and Measure objects and STEP models in FreeCAD.

Features

Aligner-ico.png Aligner: a set of tools to move and align 3D parts; it can also align an object (face, edge, point) to the origin in FreeCAD.

Manipulator Mover.svg Mover: a set of tools to move and rotate 3D parts on different Axis

Manipulator Caliper.svg Caliper: a set of tools to measure 3D parts, with some Snap facility and Radius, Length, Angle measurements.

These helpers work with Part, App::Part and Body objects.

The Tools can be Floating or Docked Left or Right.

Each Tool has a Help Button Help-btn.png to get some useful tips

References

Tutorial

Manipulator-WB-@Work

YouTube Tutorial Manipulator WorkBench @Work


Tools

Manipulator-WB-Tools.png

Above: Manipulator workbench dialog. For a more detailed description see README.md on Github.


Aligner

Manipulator-WB-Aligner.gif

Aligner: set of tools to move and align 3D parts; it can also align an object (face, edge, point) to the origin in FreeCAD


Mover

Manipulator-WB-Mover.gif

Mover: set of tools to move and rotate 3D parts on different Axis


Manipulator-WB-Mover-with-App Part&Body.gif

Mover: Using App:Part and Body


Manipulator-WB-Mover-with-External-Reference.gif

Mover: with External Reference


Caliper

Manipulator-WB-Measure-Radius.gif

Caliper: measuring Radius


Manipulator-WB-Measure-Angles.gif

Caliper: measuring Angles


[ [Image:Manipulator-WB-Dimension.gif]]

Caliper: measuring Dimensions


Manipulator-WB-Dimension-2.gif

Caliper: measuring Dimensions (cont.)


Manipulator-WB-Parallel-Planes-Distance.gif

Caliper: parallel planes distance


Manipulator

Manipulator-WB-Assembly-Parts.gif

Installation

Automatic Installation

The recommended way to install the Manipulator Workbench is via the AddonManager.svg Addon Manager under the Tools → Addon Manager menu.

Manual Installation

If a manual install is necessary please follow the following instructions:

  • Copying the Manipulator source in to the Mod sub-directory of the FreeCAD application.
cd ~/.FreeCAD/Mod 
git clone https://github.com/easyw/Manipulator Manipulator
  • Restart FreeCAD

Supports

  • FreeCAD v0.15 4671
  • FreeCAD v0.16 >= 6712
  • FreeCAD v0.17 >= 11707
  • FreeCAD v0.18+
  • FreeCAD v0.19+

History

The workbench evolved out of the Center Align Objects with Faces or Edges macro

External workbenches

FreeCAD workbenches are easy to program in Python, there are therefore many people developing additional workbenches outside of the FreeCAD main developers.

The external workbenches page has some information and tutorials on some of them, and the FreeCAD Addons project aims at gathering them and making them easily installable from within FreeCAD.

New workbenches are in development, stay tuned!