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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|24px]] Use the [[Arch Module|Arch Workbench]] to work with architectural elements.
* [[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.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Complete.svg|24px]] The [[Complete_Workbench|Complete Workbench]] holds all commands and features from all the modules and workbenches which met certain quality criteria.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|24px]] The [[Draft Module|Draft Workbench]] contains 2D tools and basic 2D and 3D CAD operations.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Draft.svg|24px]] 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]] for displaying your 3D work on a 2D sheet.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Drawing.svg|24px]] Use the [[Drawing Module|Drawing Workbench]] to display your 3D work on a 2D sheet.
* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|24px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workflow.
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* [[Image:Workbench_FEM.svg|24px]] The [[FEM Module|FEM Workbench]] provides a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method 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|24px]] Use the [[Image Module|Image Workbench]] to work 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|24px]] The [[Inspection Workbench|Inspection Workbench]] provides 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|24px]] Use the [[Mesh Module|Mesh Workbench]] to work 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.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_OpenSCAD.svg|24px]] The [[OpenSCAD Module|OpenSCAD Workbench]] for interoperability with OpenSCAD and repairing 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|24px]] Use the [[Part Module|Part Workbench]] to work 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|24px]] Use the [[PartDesign Workbench|Part Design Workbench]] to build 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. Only basic functions in 0.16
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* [[Image:Workbench_Path.svg|24px]] Use the [[Path_Workbench|Path Workbench]] to produce G-Code instructions. It is still in a stage of development. Only basic functions in 0.16
* [[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|24px]] Use the [[Plot Module|Plot Workbench]] 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|24px]] Use the [[Points_Module|Points Workbench]] to work 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|24px]] Use the [[Raytracing Module|Raytracing Workbench]] to work with ray-tracing (rendering)
  
 
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* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|24px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to give you specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. It is still in development.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Reverse_Engineering.svg|24px]] The [[Reverse Engineering Workbench|Reverse Engineering Workbench]] is intended to give you specific tools to convert shapes/solids/meshes into parametric FreeCAD-compatible features. It is still in development.
* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|24px]] The [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] for studying robot movements.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Robot.svg|24px]] Use the [[Robot_Workbench|Robot Workbench]] to study 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.
 
* [[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.
* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|24px]] The [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] for working with geometry-constrained sketches.
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* [[Image:Workbench_Sketcher.svg|24px]] Use the [[Sketcher Module|Sketcher Workbench]] to work 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|24px]] Use the [[Spreadsheet Module|Spreadsheet Workbench]] to create 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|24px]] The [[Start_Workbench|Start Center Workbench]] allows you to quickly jump to the most common workbenches.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|24px]] The [[TechDraw Module|TechDraw Workbench]] is the more advanced and feature-rich successor of [[Drawing Module|Drawing]]  
 
* [[Image:Workbench_TechDraw.svg|24px]] 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.
 
* [[Image:Workbench_Test.svg|24px]] The [[Debugging|Test Framework Workbench]] is for debugging FreeCAD.

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This area is the main help area for newcomers to FreeCAD.

Please note that like FreeCAD itself, these pages are in continuous development. FreeCAD already features many interesting tools for the final user, and more are continuously added, which is why at the moment there is still missing or outdated documentation for the end user.

But don't feel discouraged, browse the contents of this section, and, if you cannot find the information you need, don't hesitate to ask! Among the developers or in the small but growing FreeCAD users community, there will certainly be someone who can help you. You can leave comments related to this wiki documentation site on the FreeCAD help forum and ask your questions there.

And if you have some information you would like to appear here, why not contribute and help us make this manual grow. Head to the Help FreeCAD page, that will help you to get started.

If you would like to know how the development of FreeCAD has started years ago visit the History page.


Using FreeCAD

Introduction

Basic Application

Workbenches

These are the base workbenches bundled with every installation of FreeCAD:

External Workbenches

Power users have extended FreeCAD with various custom external workbenches, that are not integrated into the FreeCAD source code, but are easy to install on an existing FreeCAD installation. See here for an overview of the already available workbenches. For instructions how to install these workbenches refer to the tutorial How to install additional workbenches.

Macros

Power users have written various macros to enhance FreeCAD with more capabilities for a list of the macros refer to the page macros recipes. For instructions how to install the macros refer to the tutorial How to install macros.

Reference

Online Help

This is the official FreeCAD online help. Please note that the whole online help system is currently in rework. It will be used to generate a .CHM file, that will be distributed with the binary packages of FreeCAD. At the moment the online help summarizes some of the most complete sections of this wiki.

More

  • The Power users hub is the place to go if you would like to see more advanced use of FreeCAD
  • David is a very low cost 3D scanning system that can already work well with FreeCAD
  • Architecture workflow : An example of how FreeCAD can begin to have its preliminary place in an architecture workflow...
  • If you would like to help FreeCAD, head to the Help FreeCAD page.
  • The FreeCAD Community Portal lists projects made by community members around FreeCAD.
  • Don't understand a term or phrase as used in FreeCAD? Try the Glossary page.