This is a workbench for FreeCAD that implements a complete set of Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and allows a proper BIM workflow similar to professional BIM applications like Revit, ArchiCAD, Tekla, AllPlan or BricsCAD.
FreeCAD is an open-source generic, parametric 3D modeling application. The BIM workbench, rather than trying to be a all-in-one, independent application and mimic the above ones, integrates into all layers of FreeCAD and allows you to use all the other moldeling and analysis tools of FreeCAD for BIM purposes too.
But one of the specific goals of this particular workbench, is to try to focus on user experience. FreeCAD is a powerful application, but has a rather steep learning curve. In the BIM workbench, we try to ease that curve as best as we can.
Warning: This is experimental work. Although it is perfectly safe to use, and won't break anything, it is meant to be an place where we can try things and experiment, and not a production environment (yet). You are more than welcome to try, give us your feedback and help us to build a better BIM workflow, just remember that some features might change or disappear without notice over time.
This is a rather short overview of what it can do, just to give you a taste of it. There is much more than that, refer to the full documentation to know more.
Like any other FreeCAD workbench, you can also manually clone or download all the files from this repository in a "BIM" folder inside your FreeCAD Mod directory
On starting the BIM workbench for the first time, you will be presented a welcome screen which will guide you further
The BIM workbench documentation is hosted on the FreeCAD wiki, at https://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/BIM_Workbench
If you would like to get a better knowledge of FreeCAD as a whole, which I highly recommend, start with the FreeCAD manual. We are working on making the FreeCAD wiki a more comfortable place to read, in the meantime the manual is also hosted in a more readable way on GitBook (offline versions like ebook or pdf are also available there).
The BIM workbench also features a built-in tutorial (in development) located under menu Help-> BIM tutorial
The development reports I write monthly are available at https://github.com/yorikvanhavre/BIM_Workbench/wiki, if you want to be kept informed about the developments of this workbench, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Mastodon, Patreon, or follow my blog.
If you are interested in contributing to the development of this workbench, there is a dedicated section on the FreeCAD forum, where everybody is welcome to give ideas, feedback, report problems, and other users can help you to learn about using FreeCAD or writing code.
You can also help the development of this workbench by sponsoring me on Patreon, LiberaPay or paypal. All the development is fuly open-source, everything I produce is available to everybody, there is no content "for subscribers only", only an increasing portion of my working hours each month is paid by this sponsoring.