Arch Panel

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Arch Panel.svg Arch Panel

Menu location
Arch → Panel Tools → Panel
Workbenches
Arch
Default shortcut
P A
Introduced in version
0.15
See also
Arch Panel Cut, Arch Panel Sheet


Description

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.svg Arch Panel button, or press P then A keys.
  3. Adjust the desired properties.

Limitations

  • 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.

Options

  • 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.

Properties

  • 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

Scripting

See also: Arch API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

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

Panel = makePanel(baseobj=None, length=0, width=0, thickness=0, placement=None, name="Panel")
  • Creates a Panel object from the given baseobj, which is a closed profile, and the given extrusion thickness.
    • If no baseobj is given, you can provide the numerical values for the length, width, and thickness to create a block panel.
  • If a placement is given, it is used.

Example:

import FreeCAD, Draft, Arch

Rect = Draft.makeRectangle(1000, 400)
Panel = Arch.makePanel(Rect, thickness=36)

Tutorials