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=== How it all started === <!--T:2-->
FreeCAD history began in January 2001, when [[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]] started working on the project that would later officialy become FreeCAD. CAS.CADE, a commercial software development framework including a [[Glossary#Geometric_modeling_kernel|geometric modeling kernel]] (or CAD kernel), had been released under an open source license in 2000 and renamed [[Glossary#Open_CASCADE|Open Cascade]]. This made the realisation of an open source 3D CAD program possible, as having to program a CAD kernel from scratch would have required a huge amount of work.
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FreeCAD history began in January 2001 when [[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]] started working on the Cas.CADE project, a commercial software development framework including a [[Glossary#Geometric_modeling_kernel|geometric modeling kernel]] (or CAD kernel) that in 2000 had been released under an open source license and renamed as [[Glossary#Open_CASCADE|Open Cascade]]. This made the realization of an open source 3D CAD program possible, as having to program a CAD kernel from scratch would have required a huge amount of work.
  
 
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In Jürgen's owns words:
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In Jürgen's own words:
  
 
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{{Quote|text=Start January 2001 by me as so called GOM (Graphical Object Modeler), with the Idea in mind to use Qt, Python and
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{{Quote|text=''The FreeCAD project was started by me in January 2001, as a so called GOM (Graphical Object Modeler), with the idea to use Qt, Python and Cas.CADE, an commercial CAD-Kernel that time I used in Daimler's projects. Cas.CADE gone open source shortly before, so the time seemed right to try a move in the, at that time, empty space of open source CAD. I had a two year experience with OpenCascade in a project called QSpect in which, at the end, I was the main software designer. I learned a lot about 3D and CAD programming. I also was influenced by Catia V5 and its very special user and programming interface… In March 17 2002, within the OpenCascade Project, I registered the software as FreeCAD. I couldn't think of a better name, I'm very bad on names… In April 2003, Werner Meyer, one of the colleges in the QSpect project, switched to a company called Imetric. The contact to Imetric resulted very promising since they searched for a new 3D software platform for their 3D sensors. In 2005, Imetric donated most of its Mesh Module to FreeCAD and the Open Source community, and since then they used FreeCAD as basis for their sensor system software. Since that time, Werner Meyer is a very active developer of FreeCAD. In 2005, after one year of struggle, I decided to rip of the OpenCascade document framework and replace it with an own implementation. So, at the end, we only use the CAD kernel of OpenCascade and not the rest of its Framework. 2007 was another interesting milestone. We switched to QT4 and, therefore, to the LGPL. At that time we did much work, mainly Werner''.
Cas.CADE, an commercial CAD-Kernel I used in projects in Daimler this time. CasCade gone open source shortly before so
 
the time seams right to try a move in the (at this time) empty space of open source cad.
 
I had a two year experience with OpenCascade in a project called QSpect and was at the end the main
 
software designer. I learned a lot in the field of 3D and CAD programming. I was also influenced by Catia
 
V5 and its very special User and programming interface.... sf.net registration 2002-03-17 19:42 as FreeCAD. I couldn't think of an better name. Im very bad on names.... April 2003 Werner Meyer was one of the colleges in the QSpect project switched to company called Imetric.
 
So the contact to Imetric was very promising since they searched for a new 3D software platform for
 
their 3D sensors. So 2005 Imetric donated most of the Mesh module to FreeCAD and OpenSource and use since then FreeCAD
 
as basis for their sensor system software. And Werner is since then a very active part of FreeCAD.
 
2005 after one year of struggle I decided to rip of the OpenCascade document framework and replace it with
 
an own implementation. So at the end we use only the CAD kernel of OpenCascade and not the rest of the Framework.
 
2007 was another interesting milestone. We switched to QT4 and has there fore the LGPL and a lot of work (which did mostly Werner)
 
 
|sign=[[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]]|source=''[http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=295 Who is behind FreeCad?]''}}
 
|sign=[[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]]|source=''[http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=295 Who is behind FreeCad?]''}}
  
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{{Quote|text=Hi together,
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{{Quote|text=''Hi together, my name is Juergen Riegel and today I want announce an OpenCasCade project, FreeCAD. It is an Open Source CAx RAD based on OpenCasCade, QT and Python. It features some key concepts like Macro Recording, Workbenches, ability to run as a server and as a dynamically loadable applications' extension, and it is designed to be platform independent… Although it is in an early stage and not usable for users nor developers—the first user release is planned for the end of 2003—, I would like to get some feedback on the direction and design of FreeCAD. The GUI is nearly finished and now we, my co-developer Werner Mayer and me, have started adding the first CAD functions. FreeCAD can be seen as a general purpose mechanical CAD system, but its first audience, I think, will be CAx developers which need groundwork for own development''.
my name is Juergen Riegel and I want today announce a OpenCasCade project, FreeCAD.
 
FreeCAD is an Open Source CAx RAD based on OpenCasCade, QT and Python. It features some key concepts like Macro recording, Workbenches, ability to run as a server and dynamically loadable Application extensions and its designed to be platform independent...
 
Although its in a early stage and not usable for users and developers (first user release plant for end 2003) I would like to get some feedback on the direction and design of FreeCAD. The GUI is nearly finished and now we (Me and my co developer Werner Mayer) starting to add the first CAD functions (Part design).
 
FreeCAD can be seen as a general purpos mecanical CAD system but the first audience, I think, will be developers in the CAx area which need ground work for own development.
 
 
|sign=[[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]]|source=''[http://www.opencascade.org/org/forum/thread_6572/?forum=11 Announcing FreeCAD Project]''}}
 
|sign=[[User:Jriegel|Jürgen Riegel]]|source=''[http://www.opencascade.org/org/forum/thread_6572/?forum=11 Announcing FreeCAD Project]''}}
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=== Werner Mayer === <!--T:25-->
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According to his own words he is in the project right from the first day the project was announced and oss. Before this day the project was a private project (play ground?) of Jürgen. See forum post from Werner in German: https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=40235&start=10#p342330
  
  
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Eventually, the project gained traction, and saw the addition of new key contributors in the community.
 
Eventually, the project gained traction, and saw the addition of new key contributors in the community.
  
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=== Yorik joins the project === <!--T:8-->
[[User:Yorik|Yorik van Havre]] joined the project in 2008 and started work on the [[Draft Module]]. Before that point, there was no way to create 2D geometry through the [[Glossary#GUI|GUI]]. This module was programmed entirely in Python rather than in C++, the core programming language used in FreeCAD. This proved that Python integration was a success and could be used to extend or customize FreeCAD's capabilities. In addition to his work on the Draft module, Yorik worked on expanding the FreeCAD documentation, and became FreeCAD's ''de facto'' "Art director", creating many icons for FreeCAD's GUI and [[Artwork|defining its style]].
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[[User:Yorik|Yorik van Havre]] joined the project in 2008 and started work on the [[Draft Module|Draft Module]]. Before that point, there was no way to create 2D geometry through the [[Glossary#GUI|GUI]]. This module was programmed entirely in Python rather than in C++, the core programming language used in FreeCAD. This proved that Python integration was a success and could be used to extend or customize FreeCAD's capabilities. In addition to his work on the Draft module, Yorik worked on expanding the FreeCAD documentation, and became FreeCAD's ''de facto'' "Art director", creating many icons for FreeCAD's GUI and [[Artwork|defining its style]].
  
 
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By the end of 2009, FreeCAD was accepted as a Debian package in the Debian repositories. FreeCAD was added to the Ubuntu 10.04 repositories in 2010.
 
By the end of 2009, FreeCAD was accepted as a Debian package in the Debian repositories. FreeCAD was added to the Ubuntu 10.04 repositories in 2010.
  
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=== The project goes on === <!--T:12-->
Version 0.10 released on July 2010 introduced the [[Sketcher Workbench]], based on Sketchsolve, a constraint-based solver to create 2D geometry. The first version was limited to creation of rectangles and lines.
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Version 0.10 released on July 2010 introduced the [[Sketcher Workbench|Sketcher Workbench]], based on Sketchsolve, a constraint-based solver to create 2D geometry. The first version was limited to creation of rectangles and lines.
  
 
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Version 0.12 released in January 2012 featured a more complete Sketcher workbench. It included a totally rewritten solver, FreeGCS. It was the result of months of work by the main FreeCAD developers along with newcomers logari81 (who programmed the solver) and mrlukeparry. More tools were added to the PartDesign workbench.
 
Version 0.12 released in January 2012 featured a more complete Sketcher workbench. It included a totally rewritten solver, FreeGCS. It was the result of months of work by the main FreeCAD developers along with newcomers logari81 (who programmed the solver) and mrlukeparry. More tools were added to the PartDesign workbench.
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=== Enlargement of core developer team === <!--T:24-->
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The team of core developers is extended from the three old hands Jürgen, Werner and Yorik to Abdullah, Bernd, sliptonic and WandererFan on 3rd of April in 2019. See coredeveloper https://github.com/orgs/FreeCAD/teams/core-developers/members
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== Interesting Posts on the forum == <!--T:23-->
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* about PartDesignNext and other design decisions: https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=34923&start=130#p297074
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* about forum history: https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7448&start=200#p287106
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== Release history == <!--T:16-->
 
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History

Early FreeCAD version unknown
FreeCAD version 0.7 from 2009

How it all started

FreeCAD history began in January 2001 when Jürgen Riegel started working on the Cas.CADE project, a commercial software development framework including a geometric modeling kernel (or CAD kernel) that in 2000 had been released under an open source license and renamed as Open Cascade. This made the realization of an open source 3D CAD program possible, as having to program a CAD kernel from scratch would have required a huge amount of work.

In Jürgen's own words:

The FreeCAD project was started by me in January 2001, as a so called GOM (Graphical Object Modeler), with the idea to use Qt, Python and Cas.CADE, an commercial CAD-Kernel that time I used in Daimler's projects. Cas.CADE gone open source shortly before, so the time seemed right to try a move in the, at that time, empty space of open source CAD. I had a two year experience with OpenCascade in a project called QSpect in which, at the end, I was the main software designer. I learned a lot about 3D and CAD programming. I also was influenced by Catia V5 and its very special user and programming interface… In March 17 2002, within the OpenCascade Project, I registered the software as FreeCAD. I couldn't think of a better name, I'm very bad on names… In April 2003, Werner Meyer, one of the colleges in the QSpect project, switched to a company called Imetric. The contact to Imetric resulted very promising since they searched for a new 3D software platform for their 3D sensors. In 2005, Imetric donated most of its Mesh Module to FreeCAD and the Open Source community, and since then they used FreeCAD as basis for their sensor system software. Since that time, Werner Meyer is a very active developer of FreeCAD. In 2005, after one year of struggle, I decided to rip of the OpenCascade document framework and replace it with an own implementation. So, at the end, we only use the CAD kernel of OpenCascade and not the rest of its Framework. 2007 was another interesting milestone. We switched to QT4 and, therefore, to the LGPL. At that time we did much work, mainly Werner.

The project was announced to the general public on the OpenCascade Forum in 2003. Again, in Jürgen's words:

Hi together, my name is Juergen Riegel and today I want announce an OpenCasCade project, FreeCAD. It is an Open Source CAx RAD based on OpenCasCade, QT and Python. It features some key concepts like Macro Recording, Workbenches, ability to run as a server and as a dynamically loadable applications' extension, and it is designed to be platform independent… Although it is in an early stage and not usable for users nor developers—the first user release is planned for the end of 2003—, I would like to get some feedback on the direction and design of FreeCAD. The GUI is nearly finished and now we, my co-developer Werner Mayer and me, have started adding the first CAD functions. FreeCAD can be seen as a general purpose mechanical CAD system, but its first audience, I think, will be CAx developers which need groundwork for own development.

Werner Mayer

According to his own words he is in the project right from the first day the project was announced and oss. Before this day the project was a private project (play ground?) of Jürgen. See forum post from Werner in German: https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=40235&start=10#p342330


Eventually, the project gained traction, and saw the addition of new key contributors in the community.

Yorik joins the project

Yorik van Havre joined the project in 2008 and started work on the Draft Module. Before that point, there was no way to create 2D geometry through the GUI. This module was programmed entirely in Python rather than in C++, the core programming language used in FreeCAD. This proved that Python integration was a success and could be used to extend or customize FreeCAD's capabilities. In addition to his work on the Draft module, Yorik worked on expanding the FreeCAD documentation, and became FreeCAD's de facto "Art director", creating many icons for FreeCAD's GUI and defining its style.

Version 0.7 of FreeCAD released in April 2009 was the first to include the Draft module. The Part module provided a simple CSG workflow with creation of primitive shapes and boolean operations accessible through the Part menu. Extrusion of 2D profiles and filleting was also possible.

Version 0.8 released in July 2009 saw some more work in the Draft module, including a new Dimension tool. The Part module benefited from a new toolbar along with new tools, Revolve and Section.

By the end of 2009, FreeCAD was accepted as a Debian package in the Debian repositories. FreeCAD was added to the Ubuntu 10.04 repositories in 2010.

The project goes on

Version 0.10 released on July 2010 introduced the Sketcher Workbench, based on Sketchsolve, a constraint-based solver to create 2D geometry. The first version was limited to creation of rectangles and lines.

In early 2011, taking the opportunity given by the Launchpad online platform, the FreeCAD Maintainers team was created to provide fresh stable releases along with daily build packages of FreeCAD to users of the Ubuntu operating system.

Version 0.11 released in May 2011 introduced the new Part Design workbench which included tools such as Pad, Pocket, Fillet and Chamfer. The Draft workbench received enhancements and new tools, like BSpline. The Robot workbench featured more GUI tools.

Version 0.12 released in January 2012 featured a more complete Sketcher workbench. It included a totally rewritten solver, FreeGCS. It was the result of months of work by the main FreeCAD developers along with newcomers logari81 (who programmed the solver) and mrlukeparry. More tools were added to the PartDesign workbench.

Enlargement of core developer team

The team of core developers is extended from the three old hands Jürgen, Werner and Yorik to Abdullah, Bernd, sliptonic and WandererFan on 3rd of April in 2019. See coredeveloper https://github.com/orgs/FreeCAD/teams/core-developers/members

Interesting Posts on the forum


Release history

Overview

Version Release name Release date Release notes Source code
0.19 ? in development Release notes 0.19 head master
0.18 - 2019-03-12 Release notes 0.18 head 0.18
0.17 Roland 2018-04-06 Release notes 0.17 head 0.17
0.16 - 2016-04-18 Release notes 0.16 head 0.16
0.15 - 2015-04-08 Release notes 0.15 head 0.15
0.14 - 2014-07-01 Release notes 0.14 head 0.14
0.13 - 2013-01-29 Release notes 0.13 head 0.13
0.12 - 2011-12-20 Release notes 0.12
0.11 - 2011-05-03 Release notes 0.11
0.10 - 2010-07-24
0.9 - 2010-01-16
0.8 - 2009-07-10
0.7 - 2009-04-24
0.6 - 2007-02-27
0.5 - 2006-10-05
0.4 - 2006-01-15
0.3 - 2005-10-31
0.2 - 2005-08-09
0.1 - 2003-01-27
0.0.1 - 2002-10-29 Initial Upload --> The birth of FreeCAD


Legend

Color Version Type
Future release
Latest preview version
Latest version
Older version, still supported
Old version

Commit history

An overview about the commit history can be found in the following Forum post: https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=23695#p184940

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