FreeCAD: Solid Modeling with the Power of Python by Brad Collette, Daniel Falck

By Brad Collette, Daniel Falck

Reliable Modeling with the facility of Python

Overview
* full of uncomplicated and fascinating examples of python coding for the CAD world.
* comprehend FreeCAD's method of modeling and notice how Python places remarkable energy within the fingers of users.
* Dive into FreeCAD and its underlying scripting language.

In Detail

FreeCAD is a common function platform for CAD improvement. it may be prolonged to take advantage of various workbenches to resolve diversified difficulties. specific squarely on the engineering group, FreeCAD is an open resource layout program outfitted to be prolonged. Python, the strong scripting language, is woven deeply into FreeCAD's DNA and provides clients exceptional energy to automate and invent.

"FreeCAD [How-to]" is a lean, quickly travel of FreeCAD's significant workbenches and layout philosophy. The reader gets a hands-on creation to a number of modeling recommendations and learn the way Python makes macro automation and layout possible.

FreeCAD permits clients to layout in quite a few methods; from drawing second designs as strains and circles to combining primitive solids into advanced 3D shapes. items may also be created or transformed through code you write in Python. FreeCAD even permits strength clients to increase the appliance itself with new dialogs, panels, and scripts. This ebook won't in basic terms enable you start utilizing FreeCAD in a conventional GUI mode, yet will educate you ways to harness its strong scripting language for extra power.

What you are going to research from this book
* growing 3D strong gadgets with python
* second draft layout and constraint modeling
* Turning 2nd drawings into 3D objects
* Combining uncomplicated primitives into complicated solids
* Recording Macros
* growing gadgets with code
* uploading and exporting data
* making a customized python conversation to automate a task
* Harnessing the restrictions engine with python

Approach

Written in cookbook kind, this booklet bargains many recipes to create items, import and export facts, create 3D reliable items. each one recipe comprises step by step directions by means of research of what was once performed in every one job and different necessary information.

Who this e-book is written for

If you've been toying round with FreeCAD and need to have extra regulate over your paintings circulation then this booklet is for you.

The reader must have easy wisdom of modeling.

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Edit the values, putting in your name, the date, and so on: 46 This material is copyright and is licensed for the sole use by on 7th October 2012 FreeCAD [How-to] 9. Click on the recompute button to see the results: How it works... FreeCAD uses algorithms from the OpenCascade CAD kernel to calculate 2D projections from 3D objects. FreeCAD takes advantage of this and inserts those projections onto a SVG canvas. This canvas is actually a template that was imported during step 1. The Orthographic Projection dialog in the Task panel creates different projections at set angles, scales them, and spaces them in a consistent way.

A closed wire can be upgraded to a face, and if a collection of faces fully encloses a volume it is a solid. If a group of faces doesn't fully enclose the space (that is, one or more faces are missing) it is called a shell. The Draft workbench provides tools for directly creating, modifying, and converting between these data types. There's more.... In addition to the tools for creating and modifying 2D geometry, recent versions of the Draft workbench have a couple of powerful and useful features.

Show(box) makes it appear in our document. Within FreeCAD Python scripting, we don't use a main call, like we would have if we were making a standalone application. Instead we use d = BoxExample() to invoke and show our BoxExample() class. This is what turns our dialog box on. There's more... title=Dialog_creation. org/doc/. com/ tutorials/pyqt4/firstprograms/. Make things easier by using Qt Designer To make programming dialogs a lot easier, you will want to use Qt Designer, a graphical dialog creation tool.

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