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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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Please note that the [[PartDesign Workbench|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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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]] <br/>Draw a floor plan with lines, wires, rectangles, circular arcs, and add hatch patterns, annotations, and dimensions. Export the result to DXF.
 
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]] (v0.16) <br/>This is a basic introduction to the tools of the Draft Workbench: working plane, grid, line, arc, upgrade, rectangle, circle, polygon, arrays, dimensions, annotations, and shapestring.
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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.
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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.
 
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).
 
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).
 
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.
 
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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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|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.
 
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.
 
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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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.
 
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]] (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.
 
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] (v0.18) <br/>Workflow to produce a better render with POV-Ray: create a project, select objects, set the camera, save the .pov file, manually edit the file to improve the information on textures, planes, camera, lights, and then run the renderer from the command line.
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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.
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/>Exporting the bodies created in FreeCAD to .obj, which can then be imported into Blender; simple lighting and basic materials are used to produce rendered images with EEVEE and Cycles
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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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This page presents a selection of high quality written tutorials. A complete, unsorted list of tutorials can be found in Category:Tutorials.

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.