Draft Scale.png Draft Scale

Menu location
Draft → Scale
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
See also
Draft Clone


This tool scales selected object(s) around a base point. If no object is selected, you will be invited to select one. It can also be used to mirror objects.

Draft Scale example.jpg

How to use

  1. Select objects you wish to scale
  2. Press the Draft Scale.png Draft Scale button, or press S then C keys
  3. Click a first point on the 3D view, or type a coordinate
  4. Click another point on the 3D view, or type a coordinate


  • To enter coordinates manually, simply enter the numbers, then press ENTER between each X, Y and Z component.
  • The x, y and z components of the second point define the scale factor. For example, (1,1,1) would do nothing, (2,2,2) would scale 2x in all directions, (-1,1,1) would mirror in x direction.
  • Pressing ALT or C or clicking the Copy button will make a copy of the objects, instead of scaling the original. If you keep ALT pressed after clicking the second point, you will be able to place more copies, until you release the ALT key.
  • Press CTRL while drawing to force snapping your point to the nearest snap location, independently of the distance.
  • Pressing SHIFT will lock x and y values together, so the shape is not deformed.
  • Press ESC or the Cancel button to abort the current command.
  • The resulting object is a Draft Clone, which allows you to change the scale values after it has been created.
  • Mirroring objects works by inverting the sign of one of the directions. For example, (-1,1,1) mirrors horizontally (on the X axis), and (1,-1,1) vertically (on the Y axis).


The Scale tool can by used in macros and from the python console by using the following function:

scale (objects,vector,[center,copy,legacy]) 
  • Scales the objects contained in objects (that can be a list of objects or an object) of the given scale factors defined by the given vector (in X, Y and Z directions) around the given center.
  • If legacy is True, direct (old) mode is used, otherwise a parametric copy is made.
  • If copy is True, the actual objects are not moved, but copies are created instead.
  • The objects (or their copies) are returned.


import FreeCAD,Draft
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