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Here's a short screencast showing how to create a cylinder with a grid of holes in it.

I'm using the following features in FreeCAD:

  • Part View
    • Create and place cylinders
    • Shape actions on shapes (difference in this case)
    • Fillet (you also have chamfer)
  • Draft View

 

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One of the great new features in Inkscape, is the possibility to use libraries. There are a few nice libraries already available on installation, but obviously what you would want, is to add your own libraries.

So here's the folder where you can add your own libraries:

  • Linux: ~/.config/Inkscape/symbols/
  • Windows: C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\symbols
  • Mac OS: (don't have a Mac... you tell me)

 

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Turn a skewed old plan into a great simplified floorplan with visitor instructions using Inkscape and the GIMP.

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