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# Select the objects you wish to put on a drawing sheet
# Select the objects that you wish to put on a drawing sheet.
# Press the {{KEY|[[Image:Draft Drawing.png|16px]] [[Draft Drawing]]}} button
# Press the {{Button|[[Image:Draft Drawing.png|16px]] [[Draft Drawing]]}} button.
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Draft Drawing.svg Draft Drawing

Menu location
Drafting → Drawing
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
TechDraw Workbench, Draft Shape2DView

Development of the Drawing Workbench stopped in FreeCAD v0.16, and the new TechDraw Workbench aiming to replace it was introduced in v0.17. Both workbenches are still provided in v0.17, but the Drawing workbench may be removed in future releases.


The Drawing tool allows you to put selected objects on a drawing sheet created with the Drawing Workbench. If no sheet exists in the document, a default one will be created.

This tool works similarly to the Drawing View tool but is optimized for Draft Workbench objects, and can render 2D objects with a face filling. It can handle specific objects such as Draft Dimension and Draft Text, that the Drawing View tool cannot handle.

Draft drawing example.jpg

How to use

  1. Select the objects that you wish to put on a drawing sheet.
  2. Press the Draft Drawing.png Draft Drawing button.


  • Select objects you want to put on the drawing sheet. The tool will work best with flat 2D objects from the Draft or Sketcher modules.
  • If the selected object is an Arch SectionPlane, this tool will create an additional view of that section plane.
  • In the same selection, add the page object you want to draw your objects to. If there is no existing page, a new one will be created. If you didn't select a page but there is at least one in the document, the first found one will be used to draw to.
  • If you selected an existing sheet, and the objects in the selection that are already on that sheet (for ex. for a "Rectangle" object there is already a "ViewRectangle" object on the sheet), they will be substitued. This allows you to simply select all the objects and send them to an existing page, which will simply be updated.


  • DataFill Style: For closed shapes, allows to specify one of the Default Draft fill styles, or use the shape color.
  • DataFont Size: Allows you to specify the font size of texts and dimensions.
  • DataLine Width: Allows you to specify the line width of viewed objects.


The Draft Drawing tool can by used in macros and from the python console by using the following function:

Draft.makeDrawingView (object,page)
  • Adds a view of the given object to the given page.
  • Returns the created view object.


import FreeCAD,Draft
obj = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.ActiveObject
page = FreeCAD.ActiveDocument.Page