FreeCAD: Creating 2D orthographic drawing from 3D shapes

Update: February 26, 2017
FreeCAD 0.17
The drawing workbench described this article has been deprecated since version 0.17. Use the newly added Tech Draw Workbench (Please see "FreeCAD: Creating 2D drawings from a 3D shape").

In this article, we explain how to create orthographic drawing from 3D shapes.

  1. After cretating your 3D shape, switch workbench to Drawing workbenchDrawing workbench.

    Drawing2_ModelExample of 3D shape
  2. Create 2D drawing page with new A3 landscape drawingDrawing_Landscape_A3.

  3. Select your 3D shape on model tree and click orthoviewsDrawing-orthoviews to insert the shape to a page.

  4. In default, only a view is shown on page. It is viewed from X-axis direction and the right-hand direction is Y-axis direction. Check each check-box of "Secondary Views" on Combo view to display a view of a corresponding angle.

  5. Size, position and other properties of a view can be edit from "General" tab on lower side of Combo view.

    Properties that you can edit in "General" tab are following.

    • Auto scale / position: Auto set for size and position of a view
    • Scale: Size of a view
    • Top left x / y: Top left coordinate of entire views
    • Spacing dx / dy: Spacing size between views
    • Show Hidden: Whether or not to display hidden lines
    • Show Smooth: Whether or not to display boudary lines of curved surface
  6. Click OK to exit creating orthographic drawing.