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This tutorial is meant to introduce the reader to the basic workflow of the Draft Workbench, which includes the creation of profiles, the use of working planes, and the creation of dimensions, text and annotations. This tutorial uses the notation (X, Y, Z) to denote the coordinates required to define points in an object.
It is compulsory to make sure the Draft Snap toolbar will be available to use in this tutorial.
Note that you can change the visibility of the Grid in this menu, in case you wish to disable it.
Planes are used to restrict the behaviour of the Draft tools to a specific plane, avoiding problems with the location of points and curves in complex workpieces. Planes can reference the axes of the coordinate system (XY, YZ, ...) or they can use a planar surface in the document as its reference.
The creation of profiles can be done in several ways. Though it is possible to use simple arcs and lines to do most of the work, FreeCAD includes several tools to speed up the process.
Repeat the same procedure for a second arc with a radius of 25 mm, the other properties remain unchanged.
We will now close the profile with a couple of lines.
We now have several curves that detail a profile, however it is still not recognized as a single entity. It is possible to continue working with the elements intact, though in this case we will fuse them into a single object.
The following actions will alter the way the objects behave, making it hard to edit their properties, so it is best to do any necessary modifications before proceding.
This will fuse both objects into a Wire. Repeat until the four elements are fused into a single Wire.
The result is a Plane. Its properties can be modified to remove the filling, by changing its Display Mode to Wireframe.
Arrays are used to replicate an object several times in a direction, a revolution axis or along a path.
Dimensions require a constant use of Snapping Constraints to properly select the points that one wishes to dimension. The Snapping toolbar is used to change the possible points that can be selected.
Repeat the process for the arcs and circles.
There is a slight difference between the two: it is only possible to use the second one as a profile to perform 3D operations.
To create blueprints, it is necessary to create a Drawing with the elements that you wish to use. Please read the Drawing tutorial for a detailed description.
We are now finished with the basic workflow for the Draft Module.