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The following workbenches are available on every FreeCAD installation:
 
The following workbenches are available on every FreeCAD installation:
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* [[File:Freecad16.svg|32px]] [[Std_Base|Std Base]]. This is not really a workbench, but this category serves to collect all "standard" commands and tools of the system which can be used in all workbenches.
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_Arch.svg|24px]] The [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] for working with architectural elements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Arch.svg|32px]] The [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] for working with architectural elements.
* <s>[[Image:Workbench_Complete.svg|24px]] The [[Complete_Workbench|Complete Workbench]] hold all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.</s> '''<small>Deprecated in v0.17</small>'''
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* <s>[[Image:Workbench_Complete.svg|32px]] The [[Complete_Workbench|Complete Workbench]] holds all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.</s> '''<small>Deprecated in v0.17</small>'''
* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|24px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|32px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
* [[Image:Workbench_Drawing.svg|24px]] The [[Drawing Module|Drawing Workbench]] was used for displaying your 3D work on a 2D sheet but has now been deprecated, it is still needed to read old FreeCAD files that contain a Drawing object originally made with this workbench. See [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]], which is a more advanced replacement.  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Drawing.svg|32px]] The [[Drawing Module|Drawing Workbench]] was used for displaying your 3D work on a 2D sheet but has now been deprecated, it is still needed to read old FreeCAD files that contain a Drawing object originally made with this workbench. See [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]], which is a more advanced replacement.  
* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|24px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.
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* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|32px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_Image.svg|24px]] The [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] for working with bitmap images.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Image.svg|32px]] The [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] for working with bitmap images.
* [[Image:Workbench_Inspection.svg|24px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] is made to give you specific tools for examination of shapes. It is still in development.  
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* [[Image:Workbench_Inspection.svg|32px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] is made to give you specific tools for examination of shapes. It is still in development.  
* [[Image:Workbench_Mesh.svg|24px]] The [[Mesh Module|Mesh Workbench]] for working with triangulated meshes.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Mesh.svg|32px]] The [[Mesh Module|Mesh Workbench]] for working with triangulated meshes.
* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|24px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) model history.
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* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|32px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing [[constructive solid geometry|constructive solid geometry]] (CSG) model history.
* [[Image:Workbench_Part.svg|24px]] The [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] for working with CAD parts.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Part.svg|32px]] The [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] for working with CAD parts.
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_PartDesign.svg|24px]] The [[PartDesign Workbench|Part Design Workbench]] for building Part shapes from sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_PartDesign.svg|32px]] The [[PartDesign Workbench|Part Design Workbench]] for building Part shapes from sketches.
* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|24px]] The [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] is used to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|32px]] The [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] is used to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development.
* [[Image:Workbench_Plot.svg|24px]] The [[Plot Module|Plot Workbench]] is used to edit and save output plots created from other modules and tools.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Plot.svg|32px]] The [[Plot Module|Plot Workbench]] is used to edit and save output plots created from other modules and tools.
* [[Image:Workbench_Points.svg|24px]] The [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]]  for working with point clouds.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Points.svg|32px]] The [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]]  for working with point clouds.
* [[Image:Workbench_Raytracing.svg|24px]] The [[Raytracing Module|Raytracing Workbench]] for working with ray-tracing (rendering)
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* [[Image:Workbench_Raytracing.svg|32px]] The [[Raytracing Module|Raytracing Workbench]] for working with ray-tracing (rendering)
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|24px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to provide specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. (under development)
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|32px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to provide specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. (under development)
* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|24px]] The [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] for studying robot movements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|32px]] The [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] for studying robot movements.
* [[Image:Workbench_Ship.svg|24px]] The [[Ship Workbench|Ship Workbench]] FreeCAD-Ship works over Ship entities, that must be created on top of provided geometry.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Ship.svg|32px]] The [[Ship Workbench|Ship Workbench]] FreeCAD-Ship works over Ship entities, that must be created on top of provided geometry.
* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|24px]] The [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] for working with geometry-constrained sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|32px]] The [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] for working with geometry-constrained sketches.
* [[Image:Workbench_Spreadsheet.svg|24px]] The [[Spreadsheet Module|Spreadsheet Workbench]] for creating and manipulating spreadsheet data.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Spreadsheet.svg|32px]] The [[Spreadsheet Module|Spreadsheet Workbench]] for creating and manipulating spreadsheet data.
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_Start.svg|24px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to one of the most common workbenches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Start.svg|32px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to one of the most common workbenches.
* [[Image:Workbench_Surface.svg|24px]] The [[Surface_Module|Surface workbench]] provides tools to create and modify surfaces. It is similar as the Part Shape builder Face from edges.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Surface.svg|32px]] The [[Surface_Module|Surface workbench]] provides tools to create and modify surfaces. It is similar as the Part Shape builder Face from edges.
* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|24px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]]  
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* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|32px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]]  
* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|24px]] The [[Debugging|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|32px]] The [[Debugging|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.
* [[Image:Workbench_Web.svg|24px]] The [[Web Workbench|Web Workbench]] provides you with a browser window instead of the 3D-View within FreeCAD.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Web.svg|32px]] The [[Web Workbench|Web Workbench]] provides you with a browser window instead of the 3D-View within FreeCAD.
  
 
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FreeCAD, like many modern design applications such as Revit or CATIA, is based on the concept of Workbench. A workbench can be considered as a set of tools specially grouped for a certain task. In a traditional furniture workshop, you would have a work table for the person who works with wood, another one for the one who works with metal pieces, and maybe a third one for the guy who mounts all the pieces together.

In FreeCAD, the same concept applies. Tools are grouped into workbenches according to the tasks they are related to.

When you switch from one workbench to another, the tools available on the interface change. Toolbars, command bars and possibly other parts of the interface switch to the new workbench, but the contents of your scene doesn't change. You could, for example, start drawing 2D shapes with the Draft Workbench, then work further on them with the Part Workbench.

Note that sometimes a Workbench is referred to as a Module. However, Workbenches and Modules are different entities. A Module is any extension of FreeCAD, while a Workbench is a special GUI configuration that groups some toolbars and menus. Usually every Module contains its own Workbench, hence the cross-use of the name.

Built-in workbenches

The following workbenches are available on every FreeCAD installation:

  • Freecad16.svg Std Base. This is not really a workbench, but this category serves to collect all "standard" commands and tools of the system which can be used in all workbenches.
  • Workbench Arch.svg The Arch Workbench for working with architectural elements.
  • Workbench Complete.svg The Complete Workbench holds all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria. Deprecated in v0.17
  • Workbench Draft.svg The Draft Workbench contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
  • Workbench Drawing.svg The Drawing Workbench was used for displaying your 3D work on a 2D sheet but has now been deprecated, it is still needed to read old FreeCAD files that contain a Drawing object originally made with this workbench. See TechDraw Workbench, which is a more advanced replacement.
  • Workbench FEM.svg The FEM Workbench provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.

External workbenches

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

The external workbenches page lists all that are known to this community. Most are easily installable from within FreeCAD, using the Addon Manager, found under menu Tools → AddonManager.svg Addon manager.

New workbenches are always in development, stay tuned!