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Exploded Assembly

FreeCAD workbench to create exploded views and animations of assemblies.

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Important note: This repository replaces the now obsolete (https://github.com/JMG1/FreeCAD_ExplodedAssemblyAnimationWorkbench)

Features

  • Create nice explosions of assemblies graphically (no code at all!)
  • Create sub-exploded groups
  • Give rotation to screws and nuts for realistic disassembles
  • Use the provided auxiliary assembly tools to place your parts together
  • TODO feature: create trajectory from wires and sketches

Installation

Automatically via Addon Manager (Recommended)

As of FreeCAD v0.17.9944 the new Addon Manager has been merged. Install this addon by:

  • Opening Tools > Addon Manager
  • Locating ExplodedAssembly and installing.
  • Relaunching FreeCAD.
Manually install using git

Instructions for Ubuntu & Mint specifically but can be adapted to other distros.

  • Open the command prompt (terminal) with the keys ctrl+alt+t
  • Install git: sudo apt-get install git
  • Clone repository: git clone https://github.com/JMG1/ExplodedAssembly ~/.FreeCAD/Mod/ExplodedAssembly
  • Relaunch FreeCAD (workbench should be incorporated automagically).
Manually install via ZIP
  • Download https://github.com/JMG1/ExplodedAssembly as a ZIP (click 'Clone or Download' button)
  • For Ubuntu, Mint and similar OS's, extract it inside /home/username/.FreeCAD/Mod
  • For Windows, extract it inside drive: \Users\your_user_name\AppData\Roaming\FreeCAD\Mod
    Then
  • Relaunch FreeCAD (workbench should be incorporated automagically).

Usage

  1. Check the provided 'example.fcstd'.
  2. Load the workbench and then click on "Load Example File" inside the workbench commands tab:

example file

Watch the Exploded Assembly workflow screencast.

Documentation

Wiki documentation will be available soon.

Feedback

For bugs please open a ticket in the issue queue. For discussion please use the dedicated Exploded Assembly thread in the FreeCAD forums.

License

Author

Javier Martínez @JMG1

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