Arch Panel

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Arch Panel.png Arch Panel

Menu location
Arch → Panel Tools → Panel
Default shortcut
See also
Arch Panel Cut, Arch Panel Sheet


This tool allows you to build all kinds of panel-like elements, typically for panel constructions like the WikiHouse project, but also for all kinds of objects that are based on a flat profile.

Arch Panel example.jpg

The above image shows a series of panel objects, simply made from imported 2D contours from a DXF file. They can then be rotated and assembled to create structures.

Since version 0.17, the Arch Panel can also be used to create corrugated or trapezoidal profiles:

Arch panel wave.jpg

How to use

  1. Select a 2D shape (draft object, face or sketch) - optional
  2. Press the Arch Panel.png Arch Panel button, or press P then A keys
  3. Adjust the desired properties


  • Panels share the common properties and behaviours of all Arch Components
  • The thickness of a panel can be adjusted after creation
  • Press ESC or the Cancel button to abort the current command.
  • Double-clicking on the panel in the tree view after it is created allows you to enter edit mode and access and modify its additions and subtractions
  • It is possible to automatically make panels composed of more than one sheet of a material, by raising its Sheets property.
  • Panels can make use of Multi-Materials. When using a multi-material, the panel will become multi-layer, using the thicknesses specified by the multi-material. Any layer with a thickness of zero will have its thickness defined automatically by the remaining space defined by the Panel's own Thickness value, after subtracting the other layers.


  • DATALength: The length of the panel
  • DATAWidth: The width of the panel
  • DATAThickness: The thickness of the panel
  • DATAArea: The area of the panel (automatic)
  • DATASheets: The number of sheets of material the panel is made of
  • DATAWave Length: The length of the wave for corrugated panels
  • DATAWave Height: The height of the wave for corrugated panels
  • DATAWave Type: The type of the wave for corrugated panels, curved, trapezoidal or spiked
  • DATAWave Direction: The orientation of the waves for corrugated panels
  • DATABottom Wave: If the bottom wave of the panel is flat or not


The Panel tool can by used in macros and from the python console by using the following function:

makePanel ([obj],[length],[width],[thickness],[name]) 


import Arch,Draft
base = Draft.makeRectangle(500,200)



  • There is currently no automatic system to produce 2D cutting sheets from panel objects, but such feature is in the plans and will be added in the future.
  • This tool is not available in FreeCAD versions prior to 0.15