TechDraw DraftView

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TechDraw DraftView.svg TechDraw DraftView

Menu location
TechDraw → Insert Draft Workbench Object
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Draft Workbench, Insert Arch Workbench Object


The TechDraw DraftView.svg DraftView tool inserts a view of a selected Part-based or Group object into a drawing page. Unlike the standard TechDraw View.svg View tool, views created with this tool are handled by the Workbench Draft.svg Draft Workbench, and specially designed for showing 2D objects. See Notes.

TechDraw DraftView example.png

Draft elements like circles and arrays imported into a TechDraw drawing page


  1. Select a draft object in the 3D view or in the tree
  2. If you have multiple drawing pages in your document, you will need to select the desired page in the tree.
  3. Press the TechDraw DraftView.svg Insert Draft Workbench Object button
  4. A view of the draft object will appear on the page.


The DraftView is rendered within the Draft Workbench, therefore TechDraw has limited control over its appearance. You may need to make changes within Draft to get the representation you want.


  • Creating a Draft View of a group will recursively handle all the objects found into that group and in its subgroups. The View is updated automatically when the contents of the group changes
  • There is no hidden line removal. Each face found in the handled object(s) will simply be projected along the Direction vector, no specific action is taken when faces overlap
  • The Draft View also supports all Draft objects that are not Part-based, such as dimensions and texts
  • Color, line width and line pattern can be specified in the properties. Line patterns can be fine-tuned by directly giving a stroke-dasharray value, such as 3,5
  • Projected faces are filled with the face color


  • DataSource: The draft object to be displayed
  • DataLineWidth: The width of the lines, independently of the scale
  • DataFontSize: The size of all texts appearing in this view (texts and dimensions)
  • DataDirection: The projection direction to use
  • DataColor: The color of lines
  • DataLineStyle: A line style to use for this view. Can be Solid, Dashed, Dashdot, Dot or a SVG line pattern like 0.20,0.20
  • DataLineSpacing: The spacing to use between lines of texts for multiline texts

Note: DraftView inherits all applicable basic View properties.


See also: TechDraw API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The New Draft tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following functions:

dv = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.addObject('TechDraw::DrawViewDraft','TestDraft')
dv.Source = myDraftbject
rc = page.addView(dv)