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FreeCAD: Divide a face into multiple faces

Update: July 31, 2019
FreeCAD 0.18

A face can be divide into multiple faces with FreeCAD. For example, with this function, you can set load condition on a part of the single face in physical simulation on FEM workbench.

Divide a part of plane into circular surface area
Divide a part of plane into circular surface area

Steps

  1. Select [View]-[Workbench]-[Sketcher] menu to switch workbench to sketcher workbenchsketcher workbench.

  2. On 3D view, click a face that you want to divide. Make sketch planeSketcher_NewSketch on selected face and draw the face region as sketch.

    Sketch editing
    Sketch editing
    作成したスケッチ
    Drawn sketch
  3. Select [View]-[Workbench]-[Part] menu to switch workbench to part workbenchパートワークベンチ.

  4. In model tree, first select the shape that has the face to be divided (In the example, cuboid), and then select the sketch defining face region (In the example, sketch defining a circle). You can select multiple item by clicking them with Ctrl key. Execute SlicePart_Slice to create a face region on the plane from the sketch.

    Created face region
    Created face region

The face region like this can be used in simulation in FEM workbenchWorkbench_FEM. Forexample, you can set load condition at a part of single plane in condition settings.

Sets load only in circular region
Sets load only at circular region
Sets load only in circular region (calculation result)
Sets load only at circular region (calculation result)

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