Book of the Week: FreeCAD Beginner’s Starter Kit

By on April 4th, 2023 in book

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This week’s selection is “FreeCAD Beginner’s Starter Kit” by Aleksander Sadowski.

3D printing does not occur without a 3D model, and therefore that’s where all the activity begins. However, in order to obtain a 3D model there are only two options:

  1. Find a 3D model designed by someone else
  2. Design it yourself

Both, ultimately, require the use of a 3D CAD tool to create the file. There are plenty of software options available, but unfortunately many are priced out of budget for many designers, particularly those just beginning in the field.

There are a couple of open source 3D CAD options available, but one good option is FreeCAD.

Is it as easy as simply launching the software and getting down to business? By no means! FreeCAD, although quite powerful it is a little complex to use.

That’s often the case with open source tools that tend to accumulate functions as they are added over time by contributors to the project. Things are added, but few are taken away. This leads to a powerful, but complex experience for those new to the system.

This book should help you overcome that barrier by leading you through the process of learning FreeCAD in a straightforward and step-by-step manner.

In the book you’ll learn how to prepare complex sketches from which 3D models can be produced. You’ll learn how to assemble multiple parts together into functional components.

All of this activity will create completely solid 3D models that will certainly be 3D printable.

If you’re looking for an easy way to get into the inexpensive world of 3D design using FreeCAD, this book could be of great help.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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