Most Common Mistakes and Challenges in using FreeCAD


Every software needs improvement with time no organization can say that software developed by them is 100% perfect. every software have their own pro and cons. FreeCAD is a powerful open-source parametric 3D CAD modeler, but like any software, it has its share of challenges and common mistakes.

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  1. FreeCAD Freezes or Crashes during Operation: As compared to other CAD software like SolidWorks, Autodesk inventor FreeCAD uses less system resources. If your FreeCAD  freezing or crashing, please check that your using the latest version of FreeCAD if not then download from . Also, check your system resources and graphics drivers.
  2. FreeCAD Cannot Open or Save CAD files: In fact FreeCAD supports large format of CAD files like STEP, IGES, STL etc. In case of file opening issue please check that the file format is compatible with FreeCAD (e.g., STEP, IGES, or native FCStd format). Sometimes, file corruption can cause issues but best part is native FreeCAD files can be repaired.
  3. Trouble Installing or Updating FreeCAD: Ensure you follow the installation instructions for your operating system. Updating FreeCAD regularly helps address bugs and adds new features for more info connect with official social media handle of FreeCAD.

As a Mechanical engineer I teach mechanical engineering things in FreeCAD on my YouTube channel. when using FreeCAD for mechanical engineering, consider these best practices:

  • Templates and Macros: Create templates for frequently used designs  like Plate , Round  & Sheet Metal etc. FreeCAD macros are awesome they helps to save time and enhance productivity use macros for repetitive tasks in mechanical design.
  • Organize Your Workspace: Properly name objects and use Part and body in proper way. when make multiple body use Part as container and select proper workbench for part modeling.
  • Regularly Save and Backup: Protect your work by saving and creating backups, especially before major changes. Go to setting and set the proper time for Auto save but keep in mid that do not make it too frequent.
  • Utilize Keyboard Shortcuts: Speed up your workflow by learning and using FreeCAD’s keyboard shortcuts. You can easily set your keyboard short and you can easily learn it there are many tutorial available on YouTube.

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Amar Patel
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Hi, I am Amar Patel from India. Founder, Author and Administrator of I am a Simple Average Man who Loves life and Love living life. Professionally I am a Mechanical Engineer with Solid command over CAD software like FreeCAD, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Mechanical. I’m here to share my knowledge to help you accomplish your design and engineering tasks quicker and easier. I am Passionate about learning new things especially about Open-Source Software. I love teaching therefore I started my YouTube Channel on FreeCAD and I believe FreeCAD have lots of potential than traditional 3D software. contact me - [email protected]