Copying Objects

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Overview

Like many other software FreeCAD also has the ability to copy/cut and past objects (paragraphs, spreadsheet cells, images, etc.). Document objects may be freely copied within a document or between documents using the Copy, Paste and Duplicate Selection commands.

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Please consider that the copy-pasted objects are not dependent on the original. If You want dependant clones please use Draft Workbench's clone, or Part Design Workbench clone. If you need a dependant clone nor a parametric replica, you may also use Part Workbechn's Simple Copy. For patterned clones, please look into the Other Methods section of this page.

Copying Linked Objects

Document objects may be linked to other objects (for example, a Pad feature is linked to it's Sketch, and a Fusion feature is linked to it's component objects). This means that some care must be exercised in selecting objects to copy.

If an object is selected without it's children, those children are not automatically duplicated by Copy/Paste or Duplicate Selection. In this case, the copied object may exhibit unexpected behaviour due to expected links not being present.

In general, recommended practice is to select all dependent objects when copying a parent object.

Finding and Positioning Pasted Object(s)

After the Copy/Paste operation, it may not be obvious where the new object(s) are located in the Document window. That is because the new object has the same Placement property as the original. Toggle the Visibility property (spacebar) to hide the original. Then use the Placement dialog to move the copy to it's correct position.

Other Methods

Like most things in FreeCAD, there are many ways of making a copy. For more ideas, look at:

Notes

  • In v0.14+, if an object to be copied has links to object(s) not in the selection, FreeCAD will ask if the unselected objects should be included in the copy operation.

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