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This is the place to come if you want help using the FreeCAD software.  All the content in this section assumes that you have access to a fully setup and working version of FreeCAD and are looking for help using it to create content.
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This is the main help area for newcomers to FreeCAD.  
  
== Please ask! ==
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These pages are in the early stage of development. If you can't find the information you are looking for, or have found useful information somewhere we have not linked to, then please leave a comment on [[Talk:User hub|the talk page]] and someone will look into it (or, if you are feeling bold, why not edit this page directly!).
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These pages are in continuous development, so there may be missing or outdated information. If you cannot find the information that you need, don't hesitate to ask in the [http://forum.freecadweb.org FreeCAD forum].
''Your questions make this manual grow!''
 
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== Applications ==
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Here some Workflows where FreeCAD can be Usefull:
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If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, see the [[Help FreeCAD|Help FreeCAD]] page. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions [https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6830 in the forum], and read the [[WikiPages|WikiPages]] for the general guidelines that you should follow.
[[David]] is a very low cost 3D scanning system
 
== Documentation ==
 
  
[[List of Commands]]
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== Setting up Online Help ==
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== Using FreeCAD == <!--T:5-->
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* [[About FreeCAD|Application Overview]]: A general overview of FreeCAD
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* [[Installing|Installing]]: How to install FreeCAD on [[Install on Windows|Windows]], [[Install_on_Unix|Unix/Linux]] and [[Install on Mac|Mac]]
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* [[Installing Helpfile|Installing help files]]: how to install the offline documentation which is based on this wiki.
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* [[Getting started|Getting started]]: A quick overview of the available tools
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* [[FAQ|FAQ]]: Frequently asked questions
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* [[Tutorials|Tutorials]] covering different parts of FreeCAD
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* [[Interface|Interface]]: the FreeCAD interface is composed of various graphical elements on the screen, including the [[3D view|3D view]], the [[tree view|tree view]], the [[property editor|property editor]], the [[task panel|task panel]], and the [[Python console|Python console]].
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* [[Mouse Model|Mouse navigation]]: the different types of using the mouse or trackpad to navigate in the 3D view.
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* [[Selection_methods|Selection methods]]: the different methods of selecting objects in the software.
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* [[Preferences_Editor|Preferences Editor]]: the system that allows you to control many properties of the base system and of the individual workbenches.
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* [[Import_Export|File formats]]: the different file formats that FreeCAD can read and write.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Arch.svg|24px]] Use the [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] to work with architectural elements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Complete.svg|24px]] The [[Complete_Workbench|Complete Workbench]] holds all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|24px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Drawing.svg|24px]] Use the [[Drawing Module|Drawing Workbench]] to display your 3D work on a 2D sheet.
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* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|24px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method Finite Element Analysis] (FEA) workflow.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Image.svg|24px]] Use the [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] to work with bitmap images.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Inspection.svg|24px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] provides specific tools for examination of shapes. It is still in development.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Mesh.svg|24px]] Use the [[Mesh Module|Mesh Workbench]] to work with triangulated meshes.
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* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|24px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing [[constructive solid geometry|constructive solid geometry]] (CSG) model history.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Part.svg|24px]] Use the [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] to design solids with [[constructive solid geometry|constructive solid geometry]] (CSG) workflow.
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* [[Image:Workbench_PartDesign.svg|24px]] Use the [[PartDesign Workbench|PartDesign Workbench]] to build solids from sketches and parametric operations in what is called [[feature editing|feature editing]] workflow.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|24px]] Use the [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development. Only basic functions in 0.16
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* [[Image:Workbench_Plot.svg|24px]] Use the [[Plot Module|Plot Workbench]] to edit and save output plots created from other workbenches and tools.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Points.svg|24px]] Use the [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]] to work with point clouds.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|24px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to give you specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. It is still in development.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|24px]] Use the [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] to study robot movements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Ship.svg|24px]] The [[Ship Workbench|Ship Workbench]] FreeCAD-Ship works over Ship entities, that must be created on top of provided geometry.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|24px]] Use the [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] to work with geometry-constrained sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Start.svg|24px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to the most common workbenches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Surface.svg|24px]] The [[Surface_Module|Surface Module]] the Surface workbench provides tools to create and modify surfaces.
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* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|24px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]].
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* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|24px]] The [[Testing|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Web.svg|24px]] The [[Web Workbench|Web Workbench]] provides you with a browser window instead of the 3D-View within FreeCAD.
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* [[List of Commands|Commands Reference]]: A complete list of the available FreeCAD commands.
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This is the official FreeCAD online help. Please note that the whole online help system is currently being reworked. It will be used to generate a .CHM file, that will be distributed with the binary packages of FreeCAD. At the moment the online help summarizes some of the most complete sections of this wiki.
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[[Online Help Toc| Starting point of the On-line help system]]
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The documentation comprises the following sections and subsections and can be accessed by the navigation menu below.
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* The [[Power users hub|Power users hub]] is the place to go if you would like to see more advanced use of FreeCAD
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* The [[FreeCAD Community Portal|FreeCAD Community Portal]] lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
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This is the main help area for newcomers to FreeCAD.

These pages are in continuous development, so there may be missing or outdated information. If you cannot find the information that you need, don't hesitate to ask in the FreeCAD forum.

If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, see the Help FreeCAD page. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions in the forum, and read the WikiPages for the general guidelines that you should follow.

If you would like to know how FreeCAD started years ago visit the History page.


Using FreeCAD

Introduction

Basic application

Workbenches

Workbenches are collections of tools that are used for a relatively specific task.

These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:

  • Freecad16.svg Std Base. This is not really a workbench, but this category serves to collect all "standard" commands and tools of the system which can be used in all workbenches.

Macros

Macros are relatively small snippets of Python code that perform a simple or a complex task that is not available in the base FreeCAD system.

Power users have written various macros to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities.

Since FreeCAD 0.17, many macros can be installed using the Addon Manager. For a list of the macros refer to the macros recipes page. For manual installation see How to install macros.

External workbenches

When many macros or functions are developed together, and are organized in toolbars and menus, they can become a new workbench.

External workbenches are collections of functions that are not part of the base FreeCAD system, usually developed by experienced users, and targeting a particular need.

Since FreeCAD 0.17, many workbenches can be installed using the Addon Manager. For manual installation see How to install additional workbenches.

Reference

Online Help

This is the official FreeCAD online help. Please note that the whole online help system is currently being reworked. It will be used to generate a .CHM file, that will be distributed with the binary packages of FreeCAD. At the moment the online help summarizes some of the most complete sections of this wiki.

More

  • The Power users hub is the place to go if you would like to see more advanced use of FreeCAD
  • The FreeCAD Community Portal lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
  • Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD? Try the Glossary page.