Install/Upgrade to FreeCAD 0.15 in Ubuntu 14.04/14.10

April 11, 2015 — 5 Comments

FreeCAD 3D CAD modeler

A new stable release of FreeCAD, an open ource parametric 3D CAD modeler, was released a few days ago. It features a great variety of improvements in many workbenches, as well as fancy new things like Occulus Rift support.

What’s New in FreeCAD 0.15:

  • Cutting objects with planes is possible now.
  • IFC filter is based on the most recent IfcOpenShell library, it’s faster and supports the exporting of IFC files now, thus making FreeCAD two-way compatible in BIM workflows.
  • New Panel object allows creating all sorts of panel-like objects.
  • New Arch Equipment object makes it possible to add lighting appliances, sanitary equipments, furniture and all kinds of interior design objects.
  • New Roof tool provides more control over roof features such as thickness, length of the overflow etc.
  • Read the release note for more details.


    Install /Upgrade to FreeCAD 0.15 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint:

    The new release has been made into its PPA repository, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Linux Mint 17.

    1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:

    sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-stable

    2. After adding the PPA, you should be able to upgrade your FreeCAD installation using Software Updater or Update Manager.

    Or run below commands one by one directly in terminal:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install freecad

    That’s it. Enjoy!

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    5 responses to Install/Upgrade to FreeCAD 0.15 in Ubuntu 14.04/14.10

    1. Just a little clarification:
      The current (official) FreeCAD icon is this one:

    2. Dear Sir,

      This was just what I was looking for, and look forward to reading more of your blogs.

      Thank you,
      Ubuntu 14.04 on 6 year old HP 6515b laptop. Installed a month ago.
      I’m below a newbie.

    3. THANK YOU, Ji! This was the only set of instructions that I was able to use to install FreeCAD successfully on Ubuntu 14.04.

    4. Thanks Ji! I tried to install Freecad on Mint 17.1 using the package installer that comes with the OS. It installed Freecad .14, but with missing path/library names, which of course meant that the installed program wasn’t fully functional… Very confusing to new comers! Tip of the iceberg was the missing Start Screen and the links to tutorials, user guides, etc etc. Your instructions were concise and effective. I now have Freecad .15 installed with all the required paths included.

    5. Dear Ji.

      Thanks a lot for the information. Very useful.

      Is there any difference to upgrade to FreeCAD 0.16?

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