Archives For November 30, 1999

FreeCAD 3D CAD modeler

FreeCAD, free and open-source 3D parametric modeler, released version 0.18 recently with Python 3 and Qt 5 support. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 19.04.

FreeCAD 0.18 release highlights:

  • Extended TechDraw tools
  • New sketcher tools, more stable and robust PartDesign
  • Enhanced and extended Arch and BIM tools
  • Redesigned Start center
  • New Navigation Cube
  • Specify a custom background image for FreeCAD’s main window

Install or Upgrade FreeCAD in Ubuntu:

The official FreeCAD PPA has built the latest release packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous release was installed on your system, upgrade it via Software Updater:

Or install the software via following commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install freecad


To remove FreeCAD, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove freecad

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates -> Other Software.

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!