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File:Arch tutorial 00.jpg|link=[[Arch tutorial]]|[[Arch tutorial]] (v0.14) <br/>Extensive showcase of the Arch Workbench, from the import of the original DXF file to the 3D model.
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File:Arch tutorial 00.jpg|link=[[Arch tutorial]]|[[Arch tutorial]] (v0.14) <br/>This is the essential introduction to the Arch Workbench. It is extensive and showcases a typical workflow, from importing plans in DXF format to building the 3D model.
 
File:Exercise arch 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:BIM_modeling]]|[[Manual:BIM_modeling|BIM modeling]] <br/>How to model a small house, produce a blueprint with TechDraw, and export to IFC.
 
File:Exercise arch 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:BIM_modeling]]|[[Manual:BIM_modeling|BIM modeling]] <br/>How to model a small house, produce a blueprint with TechDraw, and export to IFC.
File:11_T01_window_all_symbol_top.png|link=[[Tutorial_for_open_windows]]|[[Tutorial for open windows|Open windows and doors]] (v0.18)<br/>How to display doors and windows as open, with elevation and plan symbols, and produce a basic floor plan with TechDraw.
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File:11_T01_window_all_symbol_top.png|link=[[Tutorial_for_open_windows]]|[[Tutorial for open windows|Open windows and doors]] (v0.18) <br/>How to display windows and doors as open, with elevation and plan symbols, and produce a basic floor plan with TechDraw.
File:17_T02_sketch_2_attached_correctly.png|link=[[Tutorial custom placing of windows and doors]]|[[Tutorial custom placing of windows and doors|Design custom windows]] (v0.18)<br/>How to draw custom doors and windows using the Sketcher, and adjust their normals to correctly place them in walls.
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File:17_T02_sketch_2_attached_correctly.png|link=[[Tutorial custom placing of windows and doors]]|[[Tutorial custom placing of windows and doors|Design custom windows]] (v0.18) <br/>How to draw custom doors and windows using the Sketcher, and adjust their normals to correctly place them in walls.
File:Arch_panel_tutorial_01.jpg|link=[[Arch panel tutorial]]|[[Arch panel tutorial]] (v0.15)<br/>Modeling a microhouse roof panel by using the Sketcher, the Window tool, and the Panel tool.
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File:Arch_panel_tutorial_01.jpg|link=[[Arch panel tutorial]]|[[Arch panel tutorial]] (v0.15) <br/>Modeling a microhouse roof panel by using the Sketcher, the Window tool, and the Panel tool.
 
File:Arch_Wikihouse_01.jpg|link=[[Wikihouse porting tutorial]]|[[Wikihouse porting tutorial|WikiHouse modelling]] <br/>Re-modeling the WikiHouse project using sketches and panels, starting from importing a mesh model created in SketchUp.
 
File:Arch_Wikihouse_01.jpg|link=[[Wikihouse porting tutorial]]|[[Wikihouse porting tutorial|WikiHouse modelling]] <br/>Re-modeling the WikiHouse project using sketches and panels, starting from importing a mesh model created in SketchUp.
 
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FreeCAD provides two main workflows to modeling parts:
 
FreeCAD provides two main workflows to modeling parts:
* combining objects, a method called [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_solid_geometry constructive solid geometry (CSG)] using the [[Part Module|Part workbench]], and
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* combining objects, a method called [[Constructive solid geometry|Constructive solid geometry]] (CSG) using the [[Part Module|Part workbench]], and
* using parametric modelling and [[Glossary#Feature|feature]] editing with the [[PartDesign Workbench]].
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* using parametric modelling and [[Feature editing|feature editing]] with the [[PartDesign Workbench|PartDesign Workbench]].
  
 
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Please note that the [[PartDesign Workbench]] workflow was considerably changed from FreeCAD 0.17 onward; some of the tutorials haven't been updated and may refer to the 0.16 version.
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File:GGTuto1 Vue.PNG|link=[[Creating a simple part with PartDesign]]|[[Creating a simple part with PartDesign]] (v0.17)<br/>An introduction to the PartDesign workflow: tracing a sketch, using pad, pocket, and moving the object.
 
File:GGTuto1 Vue.PNG|link=[[Creating a simple part with PartDesign]]|[[Creating a simple part with PartDesign]] (v0.17)<br/>An introduction to the PartDesign workflow: tracing a sketch, using pad, pocket, and moving the object.
PD WB Tutorial018.png|link=[[Basic Part Design Tutorial 017]]|[[Basic Part Design Tutorial]] (v0.17)<br/>Model a simple part using a feature editing methodology: creating a sketch, using pad, external references, pocket, and mirror.
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PD WB Tutorial018.png|link=[[Basic Part Design Tutorial 017]]|[[Basic Part Design Tutorial 017|Basic Part Design Tutorial]] (v0.17)<br/>Model a simple part using a feature editing methodology: creating a sketch, using pad, external references, pocket, and mirror.
 
TBHS-model.png|link=[[Toothbrush Head Stand]]|[[Toothbrush Head Stand|Model an electric toothbrush head stand]] (v0.16)<br/>Multiple features used: sketch, distance and coincident constraints, pad, external references, fillet, chamfer, linear pattern, and draft.
 
TBHS-model.png|link=[[Toothbrush Head Stand]]|[[Toothbrush Head Stand|Model an electric toothbrush head stand]] (v0.16)<br/>Multiple features used: sketch, distance and coincident constraints, pad, external references, fillet, chamfer, linear pattern, and draft.
 
Exercise lego 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:Modeling for product design]]|[[Manual:Modeling for product design|Modeling for product design]] (v0.16)<br/>Modeling a Lego block: sketches, vertical and horizontal distance constraints, pad, pocket, external reference, linear pattern, and assembly.
 
Exercise lego 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:Modeling for product design]]|[[Manual:Modeling for product design|Modeling for product design]] (v0.16)<br/>Modeling a Lego block: sketches, vertical and horizontal distance constraints, pad, pocket, external reference, linear pattern, and assembly.
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The Raspberry Pi project has made simple tutorials that are easy to follow, particularly for those new to CAD systems:
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* [https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/freecad-dice freecad-dice], model a die with six faces, and optionally 3D print it.
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* [https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/freecad-headphone-tidy freecad-headphone-tidy], model a spool to organize and store earphones, and optionally 3D print it.
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* [https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/freecad-chess-set freecad-chess-set], model and entire chess set in Bauhaus modernist style.
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* [https://github.com/raspberrypilearning?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=freecad&type=source&language= raspberrypilearning] repository (CC-BY 4.0) with other examples.
  
 
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Exercise cabin 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:Traditional 2D drafting]]|[[Manual:Traditional 2D drafting|Traditional 2D drafting]]
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Exercise cabin 01.jpg|link=[[Manual:Traditional 2D drafting]]|[[Manual:Traditional 2D drafting|Traditional 2D drafting]] <br/>Draw a floor plan with lines, wires, rectangles, circular arcs, and add hatch patterns, annotations, and dimensions. Export the result to DXF.
Draft_tutorial_result.png|link=[[Draft tutorial]]|[[Draft tutorial]] <br/>Introduction to the Draft workbench
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Draft_tutorial_result.png|link=[[Draft tutorial]]|[[Draft tutorial]] (v0.16) <br/>This is a basic introduction to the tools of the [[Draft Workbench|Draft Workbench]]: working plane, grid, line, arc, upgrade, rectangle, circle, polygon, arrays, dimensions, annotations, and shapestring.
Sketcher tutorial result.png|Link=[[Sketcher tutorial]]|[[Sketcher tutorial]] <br/>Introduction to the Sketcher
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Sketcher_reference.png|link=[[Sketcher reference]]|[[Sketcher_reference|Sketcher reference]] (v0.18) <br/> This is a 70-page long PDF document that serves as a detailed manual for the [[Sketcher Workbench|Sketcher Workbench]]. It explains the basics of Sketcher usage, and goes into a lot of detail about the creation of geometrical shapes, and each of the constraints.
Constrain3.png|link=[[Sketcher Micro Tutorial - Constraint Practices]]|[[Sketcher Micro Tutorial - Constraint Practices|Sketcher Micro Tutorial]] <br/>Learn to efficiently constrain a square
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Sketcher tutorial result.png|link=[[Sketcher tutorial]]|[[Sketcher tutorial]] (v0.16) <br/>This is a basic introduction to the tools of the Sketcher Workbench: construction mode, line, circle, arc, constraints (equality, vertical, horizontal, tangential, distance, angle, radius).
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Constrain3.png|link=[[Sketcher Micro Tutorial - Constraint Practices]]|[[Sketcher Micro Tutorial - Constraint Practices|Sketcher micro tutorial]] (v0.16)<br/>Learn to efficiently constrain a sketch. Prefer geometric constraints over dimensional constraints.
 
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TDTut ProjGroup21.png|link=[[Basic TechDraw Tutorial]]|[[Basic TechDraw Tutorial|Basic TechDraw Tutorial]]<br/>Intro to creating drawings with the TechDraw workbench.
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TDTut ProjGroup21.png|link=[[Basic TechDraw Tutorial]]|[[Basic TechDraw Tutorial|Basic TechDraw Tutorial]] (v0.17) <br/>This is the essential introduction to the tools of the TechDraw Workbench: page, view, scale, vertical and horizontal dimensions, annotations, projection groups, linking dimensions to the 3D view.
File:FCTemplateHow.png|link=[[TechDraw_TemplateHowTo]]|[[TechDraw_TemplateHowTo|Creating a new background template]]<br/>Instructions to create a new page template in Inkscape for using with the TechDraw Workbench.
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File:FCTemplateHow.png|link=[[TechDraw_TemplateHowTo]]|[[TechDraw_TemplateHowTo|Creating a new background template]] (v0.17) <br/>Instructions to create a page template in Inkscape for using it with the TechDraw Workbench. Determine the size of the sheet, draw a frame for the page, define fixed text, and editable text fields.
 
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FEM example01 pic00.jpg|link=[[FEM CalculiX Cantilever 3D]]|[[FEM CalculiX Cantilever 3D|CalculiX cantilever FEM analysis]] (v0.17) <br/>This in an example included in every installation of FreeCAD; it demonstrates a basic analysis with the CalculiX FE solver. Purge the current result, re-run the solver, and view the displacements and stresses in the deformed mesh in the viewport.
Figure 11 Deformed Mesh.png|link=[[FEM Shear of a Composite Block]]|[[FEM Shear of a Composite Block]]
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FEM tutorial result.png|link=[[FEM tutorial]]|[[FEM tutorial|Simple FEM introduction]] (v0.17) <br/>This is a short introduction to the steps required to perform an analysis in the FEM Workbench: model your object, create a mesh, add constraints and forces, add a material, run the solver, and visualize the results.
FEM tutorial result.png|link=[[FEM tutorial]]|[[FEM tutorial]] <br/>Introduction to the FEM workbench.
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Figure 11 Deformed Mesh.png|link=[[FEM Shear of a Composite Block]]|[[FEM Shear of a Composite Block|FEM shear analysis of a composite block]] (v0.17) <br/>Study the deformation of a block made of a hard nucleus surrounded by a softer material: create mesh regions, add materials, set up sliding constraints, add shear loads, run the solver, and visualize the results with a clip plane.
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Femconcrete_Wall_3D_rx_PSS.png|link=[[Analysis_of_reinforced_concrete_with_FEM]]|[[Analysis_of_reinforced_concrete_with_FEM|Analysis of reinforced concrete with FEM]] (v0.19) <br/>Estimate the level of reinforcement required in a concrete structure to prevent brittle failure under tension or shear.
 
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Path-WalkThroughResult.gif|link=[[Path Walkthrough for the Impatient]]|[[Path Walkthrough for the Impatient|Path Workbench for the impatient]] <br/>This is a quick presentation of the workflow for the Path Workbench: create a job, define the output, define the milling tool, define the path operations, start the simulation, and generate a G-code output file.
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Exercise meshing 03.jpg|link=[[Manual:Preparing models for 3D printing]]|[[Manual:Preparing models for 3D printing|Preparing models for 3D printing]] (v0.16)<br/>Convert a solid object to a mesh object using the Mesh Workbench, export the mesh to STL format, and use Slic3r to prepare the G-code. Alternatively use the Cura Workbench or the Path Workbench to generate the G-code.
 
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Dxf Importer Install 11.png|link=[[Dxf Importer Install]]|[[Dxf Importer Install|DXF importer installation]] <br/>Install the DXF importer program in you system, so that you can open DXF and DWG files with FreeCAD.
 
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Exercise raytracing 05.jpg|link=[[Manual:Creating renderings]]|[[Manual:Creating renderings|Creating renderings]] <br/>Quickly produce a rendered image of your bodies with POV-Ray and LuxRender, if they are installed in your system.
Raytracing tutorial result.png|link=[[Raytracing tutorial]]|[[Raytracing tutorial]] <br/>Introduces the basic workflow of the Raytracing workbench.
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Raytracing tutorial result.png|link=[[Raytracing tutorial]]|[[Raytracing tutorial]] (v0.16) <br/>Describes the basic workflow of the Raytracing Workbench using POV-Ray or LuxRender: set the path to the renderers, create a project, set the camera position, select the model, run the renderer.
Povray_before_after.png|link=[http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=32745]|[https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=32745 FreeCAD / pov ray tutorial]<br/>Step by step workflow for using Pov Ray to render an image with the Raytracing workbench.
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12_T04_FreeCAD_POVray_render_floor_wood_walls_radiosity_final.png|link=[[Tutorial FreeCAD POV ray]]|[[Tutorial FreeCAD POV ray|Intermediate FreeCAD and POV-ray tutorial]] (v0.18) <br/>Workflow to produce a better render with POV-Ray: create a project, add objects, set the camera, save the .pov file, manually edit the file to improve the textures, planes, lights, and then run the renderer.
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07_T03_FreeCAD_Blender_EEVEE_render.png|link=[[Tutorial_Render_with_Blender]]|[[Tutorial Render with Blender|Rendering a FreeCAD assembly with Blender]] (v0.18) <br/>Export bodies from FreeCAD to Wavefront .obj, import the file into Blender, set up a simple Sun light, assign basic materials with the Principled BSDF shader, and produce a rendered image with EEVEE and Cycles.
 
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Plot_Trigonometric_Example.png|link=[[Plot Basic tutorial]]|[[Plot Basic tutorial]]<br/>The basic tutorial to drawing mathematical plots in FreeCAD.
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Plot_Trigonometric_Example.png|link=[[Plot Basic tutorial]]|[[Plot Basic tutorial|Basic plot]] <br/>Draw simple mathematical functions in the Plot Workbench using the underlying Python plotting libraries: define the input list (X), two output lists (Y1, Y2), plot the functions (Y1 and Y2 against X), set the grid, line styles, legends, axes labels, plot title, and save the plot.
Plot_MultiAxes_Example.png|link=[[Plot MultiAxes tutorial]]|[[Plot MultiAxes tutorial]]<br/>Draw several axes and several plots in the same figure.
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Visit offsite tutorials and video tutorials for lists of tutorials hosted on external sites. A useful source of video tutorials is YouTube.

If you'd like to contribute with writing wiki documentation and tutorials, see the general wiki guidelines in WikiPages, and read the tutorial guidelines.

Please notice the version of FreeCAD used in the tutorial as some tutorials may use an old version of the program. Although the general modelling process may still work, some tools may have changed.

Architecture and BIM

Modeling Parts

FreeCAD provides two main workflows to modeling parts:

Please note that the PartDesign Workbench workflow was considerably changed from FreeCAD 0.17 onward; some of the tutorials haven't been updated and may refer to the 0.16 version.

The Raspberry Pi project has made simple tutorials that are easy to follow, particularly for those new to CAD systems:

Drafting and Sketching

Technical Drawings

FEM

CNC & 3D Printing

Import and Export

Rendering

Robot workbench

Plotting

Drawings

Development of the Drawing Workbench stopped in FreeCAD 0.16. Consider using the TechDraw Workbench instead.