FreeCAD for Makers

Computers are all very good if you like that sort of thing, but every so often it’s nice to take an idea out of the computer and make it exist in real life.

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For that, you might well need a 3D design program, which you can use to create files destined for a 3D printer, a CNC machine, a laser cutter or suchlike. With that in mind we’ve pulled together FreeCAD for Makers, written by the excellent Jo Hinchliffe.

Rocks and rockets

Jo has created a guide to this superb free design software that will take you from bashing rocks together to designing nosecones for rockets, creating technical drawings, folding sheet metal, and printing your own designs in hot plastic.

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Because FreeCAD is free software, its users can add to it by writing extensions to the software to suit their needs. These add-ons, known as workbenches, cover a range of uses: PCB design, pipes, timber-framing, architectural design, and loads more. So whatever you’re interested in building, you’ll find a FreeCAD workbench for it.

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In with the HackSpace crowd

All the tutorials in this guide were first published in HackSpace magazine, the magazine for the modern maker. We regularly feature 3D printing, home electronics builds, woodworking, and other projects, alongside a load of technologies far too esoteric to list here.


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Jack Chaney avatar

Add a warning about problems running FreeCAD on Pi4 32bit Bullseye.

Martin Cassels avatar

Awesome! Thank You this is just what I have been looking for! FreeCAD is an awesome piece of software, but it’s not exactly easy to get into!

Ashley Whittaker avatar


-alex- avatar

Hi Martin, FC is a great sw, which is constantly enhanced. Maybe it’s not so easy to follow for beginers, but the documentation ( may help, the forum as well.
FC is powerful and light, it works like a charme on RPI4 with RPIOS64B! You would prefer to use sketcher, Part and Draft workbenches on RPI4 though.
(unfortunately it still fails on RPIOS 32B due to graphical issue with Buster and Bullseye).
The next FC 1.0 release will be awsome. Do not hesitate to compile it on RPI4 when it will be available (see online documention, Compiling-> Raspberry chapter).
Enjoy FreeCAD on Raspberry! :-)

Clemens Mödlin avatar

Only had a short look on the new book. So my questoin is: Is there also a cookbook how to install FreeCad (actual version on a Raspberry Pi 4 4GB) – I would love to get FreeCad working there!
Best regards, Clemens

Mikael O. Bonnier avatar

FreeCAD 0.19 is in the Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye repo now:
sudo apt install freecad

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