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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosHorizChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosHorizChainDimension|Position Horizontal Chain Dimensions]]: align a horizontal dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosHorizChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosHorizChainDimension|Position Horizontal Chain Dimensions]]: aligns horizontal dimensions to create a chain dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosVertChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosVertChainDimension|Position Vertical Chain Dimensions]]: align a vertical dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosVertChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosVertChainDimension|Position Vertical Chain Dimensions]]: aligns vertical dimensions to create a chain dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosObliqueChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosObliqueChainDimension|Position Oblique Chain Dimensions]]: align an oblique dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionPosObliqueChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionPosObliqueChainDimension|Position Oblique Chain Dimensions]]: aligns oblique dimensions to create a chain dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeHorizDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeHorizDimension|Cascade Horizontal Dimensions]]: cascade horizontal dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeHorizDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeHorizDimension|Cascade Horizontal Dimensions]]: evenly spaces horizontal dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeVertDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeVertDimension|Cascade Vertical Dimensions]]: cascade vertical dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeVertDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeVertDimension|Cascade Vertical Dimensions]]: evenly spaces vertical dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeObliqueDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeObliqueDimension|Cascade Oblique Dimensions]]: cascade oblique dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeObliqueDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCascadeObliqueDimension|Cascade Oblique Dimensions]]: evenly spaces oblique dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChainDimension|Create Horizontal Chain Dimensions]]: create a horizontal dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChainDimension|Create Horizontal Chain Dimensions]]: creates a sequence of aligned horizontal dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChainDimension|Create Vertical Chain Dimensions]]: create a vertical dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChainDimension|Create Vertical Chain Dimensions]]: creates a sequence of aligned vertical dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueChainDimension|Create Oblique Chain Dimensions]]: create an oblique dimension chain. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueChainDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueChainDimension|Create Oblique Chain Dimensions]]: creates a sequence of aligned oblique dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizCoordDimension|Create Horizontal Coordinate Dimensions]]: create cascaded horizontal dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizCoordDimension|Create Horizontal Coordinate Dimensions]]: creates multiple evenly spaced horizontal dimensions starting from the same baseline. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertCoordDimension|Create Vertical Coordinate Dimensions]]: create cascaded vertical dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertCoordDimension|Create Vertical Coordinate Dimensions]]: creates multiple evenly spaced vertical dimensions starting from the same baseline. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueCoordDimension|Create Oblique Coordinate Dimensions]]: create cascaded oblique dimensions. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueCoordDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateObliqueCoordDimension|Create Oblique Coordinate Dimensions]]: creates multiple evenly spaced oblique dimensions starting from the same baseline. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChamferDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChamferDimension|Create Horizontal Chamfer Dimension]]: create a horizontal chamfer dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChamferDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateHorizChamferDimension|Create Horizontal Chamfer Dimension]]: creates a horizontal size and angle dimension for a chamfer. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChamferDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChamferDimension|Create Vertical Chamfer Dimension]]: create a vertical chamfer dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChamferDimension.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateVertChamferDimension|Create Vertical Chamfer Dimension]]: creates a vertical size and angle dimension for a chamfer. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateLengthArc.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateLengthArc|Create Arc Length Dimension]]: create an arc length dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionCreateLengthArc.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionCreateLengthArc|Create Arc Length Dimension]]: creates an arc length dimension. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionInsertDiameter.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionInsertDiameter|Insert '⌀' Prefix]]: insert diameter sign as prefix character. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionInsertDiameter.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionInsertDiameter|Insert '⌀' Prefix]]: inserts a '⌀' symbol at the beginning of the dimension text. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionInsertSquare.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionInsertSquare|Insert '〼' Prefix]]: insert square sign as prefix character. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionInsertSquare.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionInsertSquare|Insert '〼' Prefix]]: inserts a '〼' symbol at the beginning of the dimension text. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionIncreaseDecimal.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionIncreaseDecimal|Increase Decimal Places]]: increase decimal places. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionIncreaseDecimal.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionIncreaseDecimal|Increase Decimal Places]]: increases the number of decimal places of the dimension text. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionDecreaseDecimal.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionDecreaseDecimal|Decrease Decimal Places]]: decrease decimal places. {{Version|0.20}}
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* [[File:TechDraw_ExtensionDecreaseDecimal.svg|32px]] [[TechDraw_ExtensionDecreaseDecimal|Decrease Decimal Places]]: decreases the number of decimal places of the dimension text. {{Version|0.20}}
  
 
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TechDraw workbench icon

Introduction

The Workbench TechDraw.svg TechDraw Workbench is used to produce basic technical drawings from 3D models created with another workbench such as Part, PartDesign, or Arch, or imported from other applications. Each drawing is a Page, which can contain various Views of drawable objects such as Part::Features, PartDesign::Bodies, App::Part groups, and Document Object groups. The resulting drawings can be used for things like documentation, manufacturing instructions, contracts, permits, etc.

Dimensions, sections, hatched areas, annotations, and SVG symbols can be added to the page, which can be further exported to different formats like DXF, SVG, and PDF.

TechDraw was officially included in FreeCAD starting with version 0.17; it is intended to replace the unsupported Drawing Workbench. Both workbenches are still provided in v0.17, but the Drawing Workbench may be removed in future releases. To keep up with TechDraw plans and developments, visit the TechDraw Roadmap.

If your primary goal is the production of complex 2D drawings and DXF files, and you don't need 3D modelling, FreeCAD may not be the right choice for you. You may wish to consider a dedicated software program for technical drafting instead, such as LibreCAD or QCad.

TechDraw Workbench Example.png

Pages

These are tools for creating Page objects.

Views

These are tools for creating View objects.

Clips

These are tools to create and manage Clip objects (clipped views).

Decorations

These are tools to decorate pages or views:

Dimensions

These are tools for creating and working with Dimension objects.

Linear dimensions can be based on two points, on one line, or on two lines.

Annotations

The annotation tools are for "marking up" a drawing with additional information.

Extensions

These are tools to improve your TechDraw drawings.

Attributes and modifications

Centerlines and threading

Dimensions

Export

These are tools for exporting pages to other applications.

Additional features

Preferences

  • Preferences-techdraw.svg Preferences: preferences for the default values of the drawing page such as projection angle, colors, text sizes, and line styles.

Scripting

The TechDraw tools can be used in macros and from the Python console by using two APIs.

Limitations

  • TechDraw drawings and its API are not interchangeable with the Drawing Workbench and its API. It is possible to convert Drawing Pages to TechDraw Pages using a Python script (moveViews.py).
  • It is possible to have both TechDraw and Drawing Pages in the same FreeCAD document, as each page is completely independent from each other.
  • There are minor differences in specifying editable texts in SVG templates compared to the Drawing module. In TechDraw the scaling of the SVG document affects the position of the editable text fields. See the forum discussion TechDraw templates scale for more details.
  • Do not cut, copy and paste TechDraw objects in the Tree view as this generally does not work out well.
  • Do not drag TechDraw objects in the Tree view with the mouse.

Tutorials

Video tutorials by sliptonic