Manipulator Workbench

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Introduction

Manipulator-ico.png Manipulator WB is aimed to help FreeCAD users in Aligning, Moving, Rotating and Measuring 3D objects through a friendly GUI.

Features:

Aligner-ico.png Aligner: a set of tools to move and align 3D parts; it can also align an object (face, edge, point) to the origin in FreeCAD.

Mover-ico.png Mover: a set of tools to move and rotate 3D parts on different Axis

Caliper-ico.png Caliper: a set of tools to measure 3D parts, with some Snap facility and Radius, Length, Angle measurements.

These helpers work with Part, App::Part and Body objects.

The Tools can be Floating or Docked Left or Right.

Each Tool has a Help Button Help-btn.png to get some useful tips

Overview

Manipulator Workbench is an external workbench containing a series of tools to Transform the placement and Measure objects and STEP models in FreeCAD.

References

Tools

Manipulator-WB-Tools.png Detailed description here

Manipulator-WB-@Work

YouTube Tutorial Manipulator-WB-@Work

Aligner

Manipulator-WB-Aligner.gif


Mover

Manipulator-WB-Mover.gif


Manipulator-WB-Mover-with-App Part&Body.gif


Manipulator-WB-Mover-with-External-Reference.gif


Caliper

Manipulator-WB-Measure-Radius.gif


Manipulator-WB-Measure-Angles.gif


Manipulator-WB-Dimension.gif


Manipulator-WB-Dimension-2.gif


Manipulator-WB-Parallel-Planes-Distance.gif


Manipulator

Manipulator-WB-Assembly-Parts.gif

Installation

Automatic installation

- automatically using the FreeCAD Add-on Manager (bundled in to 0.17 dev version under Tools Menu)

From GitHub

- manually by copying the Manipulator folder to the Mod sub-directory of the FreeCAD application.

Manipulator github page

Supports

  • FreeCAD v0.15 4671
  • FreeCAD v0.16 >= 6712
  • FreeCAD v0.17 >= 11707

External workbenches

FreeCAD workbenches are easy to program in Python, there are therefore many people developing additional workbenches outside of the FreeCAD main developers.

The external workbenches page has some information and tutorials on some of them, and the FreeCAD Addons project aims at gathering them and making them easily installable from within FreeCAD.

New workbenches are in development, stay tuned!