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For a rational approach to FreeCAD.

FreeCAD is very intuitive, user-friendly, but also very powerful. At first, it is easy to get lost in its countless commands. 500 commands in the basic version, plus as many complementary!!

What do you want to create or produce?

Depending on what you want to achieve, you should follow a certain workflow, and gradually discover how it works.

I think we can split FreeCAD into four parts: basic, complementary, advanced and professional.

By basic level I mean

  • Create simple 3D models
  • 2D quoted drawings (orthogonal projections), + GD & T
  • 2D prints, on paper, 3D quoted views
  • Mechanical parts
  • Architecture: plants, sections, furnishings
  • Symbolic and realistic electrical schemes
  • Symbolic and realistic electrical schemes
  • Symbolic and realistic hydraulic/gas schemes

As a complement, I mean basic support components, for example

  • Bolts
  • Fasteners
  • Libraries
  • Inspection
  • Curves
  • Plot
  • Spreadsheet
  • Test
  • Gear
  • WEB
  • Rendering
  • Import/export
  • .........

For the advanced level I mean

  • 3D printing
  • Assembly
  • Animation
  • Sheet metal
  • .....

In the professional section that is specific to a given profession, and rarely affects others

  • Architecture, project of structures ......
  • Path
  • Robot
  • FEM
  • Timber
  • PCB
  • 3D guitar
  • Ship
  • Geo data
  • Exploded
  • .....

That said, I think it is possible to propose simple workflows that quickly lead to the goal.

Some parts are already developed in tutorials, and other parts are developed in the Yorik's Manual.

Propose simple examples (the intention is one page each goal) by involving the additional workbenches also. ...........