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FreeCAD ======= FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source (LGPL2+ license) and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization. FreeCAD is based on OpenCasCade, a powerful geometry kernel, features an Open Inventor-compliant 3D scene representation model provided by the Coin 3D library, and a broad Python API. The interface is built with Qt. FreeCAD runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac OSX, BSD and Linux platforms. Home page: http://www.freecadweb.org Documentation wiki: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki Forum: http://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/free-cad/ Bug tracker: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mantisbt/free-cad/ Git repository: http://sourceforge.net/p/free-cad/code/ci/master/tree/ Installing ========== Precompiled (installable) packages are usually available to you from several sources and are described on the FreeCAD download page: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Download Compiling ========= Compiling FreeCAD requires to install several heavyweight libraries and their development files such as OpenCasCADe, Coin and Qt, listed in the pages below. Once this is done, FreeCAD can be simply compiled with cMake. On windows, these libraries are bundled and offeredby the FreeCAD team in a convenience package, on Linux they are usually found in your distribution's repositories and on Mac OSX and other platforms you will usually need to compile them yourself. Note that autotools build system can still be used but will be obsoleted soon. The pages below contain up-to-date build instructions: For Linux: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=CompileOnUnix For windows: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=CompileOnWindows For Mac OSX: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=CompileOnMac In this folder you will also find additional README files, specific for each platform. Usage ===== The FreeCAD documentation wiki contains sections for each category of users, and a manual, which is a compilation of the most useful articles of the wiki: For users: General FreeCAD usage: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=User_hub For power-users: Python scripting: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Power_users_hub For developers: C++ FreeCAD development: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Developer_hub The FreeCAD manual: http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Online_Help_Toc