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FreeCAD 0.16 / 0.17 AppImage builds

probono, an AppImage developer, has been helping the FreeCAD people to create AppImage bundles of FreeCAD. AppImages should be able to run on most recent Linux distributions.

AppImages are super easy to use: once downloaded, right-click on it to get its properties, and set it to be run as an executable. Then simply double-click it to launch!

For now the AppImage builds are hosted by probono, but they may eventually be hosted on FreeCAD's Github.

https://bintray.com/probono/AppImages/FreeCAD

Click on the wanted version, then on "Files".

If you have problems, please report them over the FreeCAD forum: http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15525
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+Marcus Wolschon AppImages don't contain _all_ libraries, only those that cannot reasonably be expected to be part of each target system. For system libraries like glibc, it uses what comes with the system. In this regard, it is exactly like what you do if you distribute a Qt application to Windows or macOS.
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A really interesting new tool from Yorik. I'm sure I'll find a use for it in the future!
New pipe tools in #FreeCAD http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17154 - Yorik van Havre – Google+
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The new TechDraw workbench aims to replace the existing Drawing workbench. It is now included in the 0.17 pre-release versions on Windows, MacOS X and Ubuntu. This is a development version, so expect bugs!
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You will want to git pull FreeCAD master like, right now. But take the day off before doing so!

https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/pull/135#event-625414003
As discussed in http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15207 this is a pull request for the PartDesign Next branch. There may be adoptions needed before merging, lets use this Pull Reques...
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I'm guessing 0.16 is about to be announced as well? Or have I already missed it?
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Pretty impressive set of custom tools by Lorenz (looo on the FreeCAD forum). He's also the author of the FCGear workbench.

Here's the link to looo's "Pie Menu" macro topic: http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10892
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Impressive!
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Good work by Ian to get the Drawing Module into better shape - Projections. Help support this guy!
I'm not completely sure I want to keep the shiny new isometric views in the same group as the orthographic ones - thoughts? Number of small bugs discovered and to-be-fixed, some UI improvements, et...
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This has got to be one of the most complex projects done with FreeCAD so far! The comments from author and forum member ppamawm are worth a read too.
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wow... we would love a tutorial of this...

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Yorik has been busy!
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+Normand Chamberland well, I do give it a try every couple of months. I want desperately to use and support its use. I promise I don't just comment to complain.
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Small teaser... (this is the 0.17 development version based on this morning's master)

EDIT: I was too eager to share this this morning and short on time. I should have added that FreeCAD 0.16 was just released last week after almost a full year of work. Mac builds are available, but Windows installers and Ubuntu packages are being prepared.

Before you try to install 0.17_pre, you should be aware that the development process just started, and the new PartDesignNext stuff needs a lot of polishing and bug fixing. So please consider this an early technology preview. In other words, you should not base your work on this version. But participating in the bug hunt will be welcomed by the developers.
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Use the carrot not the stick
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Hello Jurgen, thanks for posting your video! Just a couple of notes: FreeCAD 0.15.4671 released this week now contains ready-made polygons in the Sketcher, all the geometry gets created (including the construction circle) and all you need to do is to set dimensional constraints to it.

As for your Draft Clones: if the clones are spaced equally, you can create a Draft Array instead, in ortho mode. Then you do not need to fuse the array as it's already a single object that you can use for your cut.

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FreeCAD 0.15.4671 is out!
After some weeks of delay, FreeCAD 0.15 was finally released for Windows and MacOS X on April 8th, and I just uploaded packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 14.10. I may need to fix some quirks and upload updated packages, but it seems functional so far.

The download links are not all updated yet, so here they are:
Windows: http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/files/FreeCAD%20Windows/FreeCAD%200.15/
MacOS X: http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/files/FreeCAD%20MacOSX/FreeCAD%200.15/
Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~freecad-maintainers/+archive/ubuntu/freecad-stable
Release notes 015. From FreeCAD Documentation. Jump to: navigation, search. FreeCAD 0.15 was released on April 8, 2015. This is a summary of the most interesting changes. The complete list of changes can be found in the Mantis changelog. Older versions at: 0.14 - 0.13 - 0.12 - 0.11 ...
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Hello +Jim Christiansen, having never used Creo Parametrics I cannot answer your question. While FreeCAD's sketcher is still missing many tools compared to commercial programs that I know of (SolidWorks, Solid Edge), and while it is not as efficient, it is amply usable.
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[Daily Builds PPA] Help needed with testing of FEM workbench/netgen/CalculiX on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS/14.10
Over the weekend I've worked on bringing netgen and CalculiX support to the FEM workbench on Ubuntu (with help from forum members and mostly wmayer). The idea is to be on par with the Windows version, where this has been at least partly functional for some time.

But the truth is I'm not a mechanical engineer so I know nothing about FEM, thus I need people to test this and tell me if it works at least as well or as bad as on the Windows version. :-P

The Daily Builds PPA contains OCE-0.17 along with netgen packages that were built with OCE-0.17. With freecad installed from this PPA, installation of netgen is not needed, it was uploaded to the PPA only so the freecad packages would build with netgen support. The ccx package contains the CalculiX solver, and this needs to be installed separately.

If you prefer to compile FreeCAD yourself, then you will need all the liboce-*-dev packages along with netgen-headers from the PPA, and enable BUILD_FEM_NETGEN in CMakeLists.txt.

Thanks!
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Thanks!
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