Migrating to FreeCAD from SolidWorks

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This documentation is a work in progress. Please don't mark it as translatable since it will change in the next hours and days.
This is a template in progress used to educate users from other various CAD/CAM applications to be aware some key issues when migrating/using to FreeCAD:


The intention of this page is to serve as a guide for users that are accustomed to the Solidworks CAD/CAM workflow and want to try, use, or perhaps migrate to FreeCAD.


Understanding a little of the history of FreeCAD potentially help users comprehend and orient better to it.


The Part Design Workbench has many equivalent functions to SolidWorks, though may be called by different names. The image below identifies equivalent functions and their names on each platform, as well as noting similar functions and functions that are unique to each platform:

A comparison between FreeCAD and SW. Click this image for higher resolution. Credit goes to ...



List of helpful tutorials

Joko Engineeringhelp

There are many video tutorials online. One of the most popular (at the time this was written) is by a Youtuber calling himself Joko Engineeringhelp (he also participates on the FreeCAD Forum as Celica_Supra (profile link). One of his tutorials is meant specifically for former SolidWorks users: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XXnulyKPNI Some of the other videos are comparisons of SolidWorks and FreeCAD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX8-3rMCbRw


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