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This is the main help area for newcomers to FreeCAD.

Like FreeCAD itself, these pages are in continuous development, and so there may be missing or outdated information.

But don't feel discouraged, if you cannot find the information you need, don't hesitate to ask. You can leave comments about FreeCAD, ask questions, and discuss about this wiki in the FreeCAD forum.

If you'd like to contribute to FreeCAD, see the Help FreeCAD page. If you'd like to edit this wiki, request a wiki account with editor permissions in the forum, and read the WikiPages for the general rules that you should follow.

If you would like to know how FreeCAD started years ago visit the History page.


Using FreeCAD

Introduction

Basic Application

Workbenches

These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:

  • Workbench Arch.svg The Arch Workbench for working with architectural elements.
  • Workbench Complete.svg The Complete Workbench hold all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.
  • Workbench Draft.svg The Draft Workbench contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
  • Workbench Drawing.svg The Drawing Workbench for displaying your 3D work on a 2D sheet.
  • Workbench FEM.svg The FEM Workbench provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.

External Workbenches

Power users have extended FreeCAD with various custom external workbenches that are not integrated into the FreeCAD source code, but are easy to install on an existing FreeCAD installation. See external workbenches for an overview of these workbenches.

Since FreeCAD 0.17 these workbenches can be installed using the Addon Manager. For manual installation see How to install additional workbenches.

Macros

Power users have written various macros to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities.

Since FreeCAD 0.17 macros can be installed using the Addon Manager. For a list of the macros refer to the macros recipes page. For manual installation see How to install macros.

Reference

Online Help

This is the official FreeCAD online help. Please note that the whole online help system is currently being reworked. It will be used to generate a .CHM file, that will be distributed with the binary packages of FreeCAD. At the moment the online help summarizes some of the most complete sections of this wiki.

More

  • The Power users hub is the place to go if you would like to see more advanced use of FreeCAD
  • The FreeCAD Community Portal lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
  • Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD? Try the Glossary page.