Arch Module

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The Arch workbench provides modern BIM workflow to FreeCAD, with support for features like IFC support, fully parametric architectural entities such as walls, structural elements or windows, and rich 2D document production. The Arch workbench also feature all the tools from the Draft Workbench.

Note: The BIM functionality of FreeCAD is now progressively split into this Arch Workbench, which holds all the base BIM tools, and the BIM Workbench addon, that you can install via menu Tools->Addon Manager, that adds a new interface layer on top of the Arch tools, with the aim to make BIM workflow in FreeCAD more intuitive and user-friendly.

Screenshot arch window.jpg

Tools

These are tools for creating architectural objects.

  • Arch Wall.png Wall: Creates a wall from scratch or using a selected object as a base
  • Arch Structure.png Structural element: Creates a structural element from scratch or using a selected object as a base
  • Rebar tools
    • Arch Rebar Straight.png Straight Rebar: Creates a Straight reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar UShape.png UShape Rebar: Creates a UShape reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar LShape.png LShape Rebar: Creates a LShape reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar BentShape.png Bent Shape Rebar: Creates a Bent Shape reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar Stirrup.png Stirrup Rebar: Creates a Stirrup reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar Helical.png Helical Rebar: Creates a Helical reinforcement bar in a selected structural element
    • Arch Rebar.png Rebar: Creates a custom reinforcement bar in a selected structural element using a sketch
  • Arch Floor.png Floor: Creates a floor including selected objects
  • Arch Building.png Building: Creates a building including selected objects
  • Arch Site.png Site: Creates a site including selected objects
  • Arch Window.png Window: Creates a window using a selected object as a base
  • Arch SectionPlane.png Section Plane: Adds a section plane object to the document
  • Axis tools
    • Arch Axis.png Axis: Adds a 1-direction array of axes to the document
    • Arch AxisSystem.png Axes system: Adds an axes system composed of several axes to the document
    • Arch Grid.png Grid: Adds a grid-like object to the document
  • Arch Roof.png Roof: Creates a sloped roof from a selected face
  • Arch Space.png Space: Creates a space object in the document
  • Arch Stairs.png Stairs: Creates a stairs object in the document


  • Arch Frame.png Frame: Creates a frame object from a selected layout
  • Arch Equipment.png Equipment: Creates an equipment or furniture object


  • Arch Schedule.png Schedule: Creates different types of schedules

Modification tools

These are tools for modifying architectural objects.

Utilities

These are additional tools to help you in specific tasks.

Preferences

File formats

  • IFC : Industry foundation Classes
  • DAE : Collada mesh format
  • OBJ : Obj mesh format (export only)
  • JSON : JavaScript Object Notation format (export only)
  • 3DS : 3DS format (import only)

API

The Arch module can be used in python scripts and macros using the Arch Python API functions.

Tutorials

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