How do I start FreeCAD?

How do I activate my FreeCAD body?

Double-click the Body in the tree view or open the context menu (right-click) and select Toggle active body to activate or deactivate the Body.

How do you draw on FreeCAD?

Draft Projections

  1. Switch to the Draft Workbench.
  2. Select the group or elements that you wish to project. In this case Draft_dimensions.
  3. Select Drawing.
  4. Edit the X and Y coordinates to (140,100)
  5. Set the scale to 0.5.

Is FreeCAD better than SketchUp?

Reviewers felt that FreeCAD meets the needs of their business better than SketchUp. When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that FreeCAD is the preferred option. For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of FreeCAD over SketchUp.

How do you turn on the grid in FreeCAD?

To use the grid select: Edit → Preferences… → Draft → Grid and snapping → Grid → Use grid. After changing this preference you must restart FreeCAD.

What can I make in FreeCAD?

FreeCAD allows you to sketch geometry constrained 2D shapes and use them as a base to build other objects. It contains many components to adjust dimensions or extract design details from 3D models to create high quality production ready drawings.

How do you draw faces on Freecad?


  1. Select the face of a PartDesign feature or a solid.
  2. Click on the Map sketch to face icon in the toolbar (or go to the PartDesign or Sketch menu depending on which workbench is active)
  3. In the Select sketch dialog window that opens, select from the list the sketch to map to the face and click OK.
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