FreeCAD’s excellent TechDraw workbench is for producing Technical drawings – 2D representations of 3D parts. I’ve used some of its features but recently started learning it better. I’m putting what I learned into a series of tutorial videos and part one is finished.
Another End-To-End Series
I’ve started a short series making a very simple four-part acrylic box. This is a good beginner project that touches on several different parts of FreeCAD including an add-on workbench for assembly.
New Book is Finished!
For the last few months I’ve been working on a new FreeCAD book. It’s finally finished available for sale on Amazon ($21) and Kobo ($17.99).
Video Series Part 7 (Preferences) is out
Diving into Preferences, Job Templates, and Setup Sheets. Learn how to fine tune your Path workflow for maximum awesome.
New video tutorial series for FreeCAD Path workbench
FreeCAD version 17 is almost ready to be released. It will have a thoroughly overhauled CAM workbench called ‘Path’. I’ve done some videos and posts about this workbench over the last year or so and it has come a long way. I’m starting a new video tutorial series which will be more thorough and give…
Understanding My Enemy
My interests in CNC and machining developed over a period of years in a very organic way. I have no formal training in either engineering or manufacturing –my interests were born out of necessity. Learning that way is great if you have the time and patience. Sometimes, however, it’s just frustrating. You find yourself…
FreeCAD Book Published!
Dan Falck and I spent the last couple months working the Packt Publishing to write this book. The book is written as a series of recipes to guide new users through some of the basic concepts in FreeCAD. The later chapters get into how Python can be used to automate and extend the application. I…
FreeCAD hidden gems – setting colors for individual faces.
This is one I’m documenting here because it’s come up twice on the #freecad channel and because I keep forgetting it myself. FreeCAD has a bunch of different ways to change the appearance of solids. You could change the properties on the objects view tab: You could use the appearance… tool from the object context…
Simple Assemblies in FreeCAD
FreeCAD’s assembly module is still in development. By all reports, this is going to be an amazing feature just dripping with awesome sauce. Alas, it’s not here yet. In the meantime, if you want to design anything with multiple parts, your options are pretty limited. Here’s a technique I’ve been using on the OpenROV project:…
All about HeeksCNC post-processing
In HeeksCNC, ‘Postprocessing’ is the action that turns your project file with all the operations and geometry into g-code that your CNC machine can run. Machines in the real world vary greatly. They use different controllers, have different capabilities, and are customized for different uses. One of the most powerful features of HeeksCNC is the…