Base ExampleCommandModel.png Tutorial

Time to complete
15 minutes
FreeCAD version
0.16 or above
Example File(s)


This tutorial is meant to introduce the reader to the basic workflow of the PartDesign Workbench.

This tutorial will continue working with the sketch that was created previously.

Sketcher tutorial result.png



Creating 3D geometry

The purpose of the PartDesign Workbench is to allow the user to create geometry in 3D space to fulfill a certain need. As such, it is equipped with tools to make use of sketches and convert them to 3D objects.

There are two basic features to achieve this: PartDesign Pad.png Pad and PartDesign Revolution.png Revolution. Alongside their subtractive counterparts (PartDesign Pocket.png Pocket and PartDesign Groove.png Groove) they make up most of the common actions used by this workbench.

  1. Switch to the PartDesign Workbench
  2. Select the sketch that was created in the Sketcher tutorial
  3. Select PartDesign Pad.png Pad
  4. Set the distance to 5 mm
  5. Select Ok

Another way to create 3D geometry is with the PartDesign Revolution.png Revolution tool.


  1. Create a sketch based on the image above
  2. Select PartDesign Revolution.png Revolution
  3. Set the angle to 360°

Subtracting Features

We'll begin by creating a sketch with the shape we want to subtract.

  1. Select the top face of the Pad
  2. Select Sketcher NewSketch.png New sketch
  3. Select Sketcher External.png External Geometry
  4. Approach the edge of the pad. An arc should be highlighted
  5. Select the arc. An arc of a different color should appear in the sketch
  6. Create a circle centered on the same point as the arc and set its radius to 5 mm

Afterwards, we'll proceed to apply a Pocket feature.

  1. Select the sketch
  2. Select PartDesign Pocket.png Pocket
  3. Set the distance to Through all

Pattern Features

We are now finished with the basic workflow for the Sketcher Module.

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