FreeCAD [How-to]
By Daniel Falck, Brad Collette
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: September 2012
Pages: 70

In Detail

FreeCAD is a general purpose platform for CAD development. It can be extended to use different workbenches to solve different problems. Targeted squarely at the engineering community, FreeCAD is an open source design application built to be extended. Python, the powerful scripting language, is woven deeply into FreeCAD's DNA and gives users unprecedented power to automate and invent.

"FreeCAD [How-to]" is a lean, fast tour of FreeCAD's major workbenches and design philosophy. The reader will get a hands-on introduction to several modeling techniques and learn how Python makes macro automation and design possible.

FreeCAD allows users to design in a variety of ways; from drawing 2D designs as lines and circles to combining primitive solids into complex 3D shapes. Objects can even be created or modified by code you write in Python. FreeCAD even allows power users to extend the application itself with new dialogs, panels, and scripts. This book will not only show you how to get started using FreeCAD in a traditional GUI mode, but will teach you how to harness its powerful scripting language for more power.

Approach

Filled with practical, step-by-step instructions and clear explanations for the most important and useful tasks. Get the job done and learn as you go. Written in cookbook style, this book offers many recipes to create objects, import and export data, create 3D solid objects. Each recipe contains step-by-step instructions followed by analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information.

Who this book is for

If you've been toying around with FreeCAD and want to have more control over your work flow then this book is for you.

The reader needs to have basic knowledge of modeling.

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A great introduction to FreeCAD

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    Comments about oreilly FreeCAD [How-to]:

    The authors have done a very good job introducing this highly versatile software package to a wider audience. It's starts from installation and navigation of the UI, then provides helpful exercises to get the user's feet wet, covering most of the bare essentials. It then exposes the reader to greater possibilities through the Python console for each topic presented. It is certainly enough to whet the appetite, and prepare you for further work.

    FreeCAD is under constant development (this book covers r0.12-0.13, the current stable version is 0.14)) and there are some features that have changed since this book's publication, but 90+% is still currently applicable.

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