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FreeCAD v0.17 officially released!

It took more time that anybody would have thought (2 years and 5 days to be exact), it was a heck of a ride, but as of yesterday, v0.17 is finally here. Of course, plenty of people had been using the development release (0.17_pre) for a while.

A word of caution to users of v0.16: there has been tremendous changes to the PartDesign workbench, with the introduction of the Part and Body containers. A Body is now mandatory to create PartDesign features. When trying to edit a document made in v0.16, you will be prompted to migrate it automatically. If your model was done with a mix of PartDesign features and Part objects, the migration process will most certainly leave your model in a broken state! So if you are not willing to migrate it manually (expect having to delete some stuff and recreate it), it would be best to keep a working version of v0.16 on the side to edit your old documents.

Ubuntu users: we've been having some trouble packaging OCCT 7.2.0 so the v0.17 packages may be delayed a little. In the meanwhile, the current freecad-daily 0.17.13509 package is for all intent and purposes identical to the v0.17 release, but compiled with the older OCCT 7.1.0.

We hope to update the tutorials as soon as possible.

Have fun!!!

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FreeCAD TechDraw Workbench

In this video I show and try to explain how to use several tools of TechDraw Workbench.

If you want to create 2D views with dimensions and show details with information then this video is for you.

Already I apologize for my English, but comments from other videos asked to enter voice in videos so I'm trying.

If you have any questions, I can try to clarify as soon as I can.

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My idea to make sweeping easier.

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With the announce of G+ service end in a few month: Considering Facebook is a poisonned alternative, as well as any proprietary, commercial personal data hog. Considering the benefits that the Maker, Engineering, etc communities would pull from a common and independant communication platform.
Isn't it time to envision gathering forces, energies and resources under a common organisation umbrella that would build, promote and maintain such a platform.

Base feature set would be replacement for G+ as well as content syndication (pages, blogs, videos, podcasts) with integrated commenting. Ideally, building on it's success, the platform would extend to code and project logs hosting, because GitHub dependence is even worth than anything else.

This, of course, would be based on Open Source code. Initial funding could be gathered from a crowdfunding campaign for the benefit of an ad-hoc foundation. A Wikimedia sister for the making, Engineering, fabrication... communities, knowledge and projects.

What do you think? I'm surely dreaming in front of my morning (third) coffee, but doesn't it all starts like this 🙂

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FreeCAD 0.17 Download and Macro Testing

In this video I show you how to get FreeCAD Software 0.17.
I also show that happens with the macros installed in version 0.16.

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A2plus is a fork of the Assembly2 workbench addon using a new solver. For more info see

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While converting a stl file to a prt file, after selecting create shape from mesh the system stops responding (not responding) to solve it?

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Why #Reverse #Engineering is #important in the #manufacturing #industry?
There’s a radical change in the way manufacturing of components is perceived over the last two decades, as the reverse engineering usage seems to spread significantly. The benefits of reverse engineering have opened doors for exploring incomplete design data for components having no legitimate information.

Manufacturers look upon reverse engineering as an important means to sustain competition, or some may take it as a tool to understand flaws in the design and re-work for the same. The purposes may differ within manufacturers, yet it is evident that the rise in the application of reverse engineering has gained considerable momentum, and the integration of CAD tools has further amplified its dominance. Here are a few reasons that signify the widespread usage of reverse engineering in product innovation.

#Reasons for #Importance
1. Filling Up the Voids in Design Information.
2. Figuring Out the Reasons of Product Failure.
3. Improving Manufacturing Processes.
4. Fans Healthy Competition in the Market.
5. Encourages Innovation.
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