Would there be interest for a Measurements Workbench?

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Would there be interest for a Measurements Workbench?

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I tried to search the existing topics but could not find a similar discussion. For a while now I've been thinking of a new workbench, Measurements Workbench. The idea of the workbench is simple, to gather various types of measurement tools under one workbench:
  • Point-2-point (+ project to selected face)
  • Face-2-face
  • Angle
  • Radius
  • Path length
  • etc. what ever is found useful
Some of these already do exist in different workbenches. Would it make sense to collect the measurement tools under one workbench which would be the home for measurement tools for FC? I understand that some of the existing measurement tools are probably WB specific but are the any reasons why this is definitely not something that should be considered?

Does anyone else see a need for this?
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I guess the need is especially to get a more automatic and user-friendly measurement tool.
Then this can go in the Inspection workbench IMO. ;)
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Re: Would there be interest for a Measurements Workbench

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you may have a look at Caliper from Manipulator WB
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easyw-fc wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 11:28 am you may have a look at Caliper from Manipulator WB
Thanks for the tip! This is the best "workaround" so far IMO.
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kemes wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:43 am I tried to search the existing topics but could not find a similar discussion. For a while now I've been thinking of a new workbench, Measurements Workbench.
You could start with "src/Mod/Measure". It has a framework for storing measurement points and calculating the value. No Gui and somewhat incomplete. The measurement tools from Gui could logically be moved into this.
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Would be awsome!

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kemes wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:43 am I tried to search the existing topics but could not find a similar discussion.
you didn't try very hard, this is a recurring subject

I've been thinking of a new workbench, Measurements Workbench
...
Does anyone else see a need for this?
no, measurement should be a standalone tool available in all workbenches. It is needed for all workflows.
try the Assembly4 workbench for FreCAD v0.19
install with Tools > Addon Manager > Assembly4 — tutorials here and here
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Currently working to make such feature. Now, it is at very entry stage.

Now there is:
  • auto-measure on hover edge or face
  • all edges for face
  • length for edge
  • turn off hover mode
  • click 2 vertices mode, if you click 2 vertices you can get measure
  • sizes are available at the GUI screen
For vertices there is no need to add position because it is in statusbar.
However, I need to fix many things there. Any issues welcome.

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There is new tool named: magicMeasure
yea, everything is magic at woodworking ;-)

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There is also small update of the cut-list, BOM tool. Now the custom measurements can be added to the cut-list report. The good thing is that, you have saved references so it can be parsed by any script very easily. I was thinking about auto-send to TechDraw but I am not so familiar with TechDraw, maybe in the future.

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kemes wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:43 am
  • Angle
Also I don't have support for angles because I don't see FreeCAD tool to measure angle from python. To add support for that I would have to create my own measurement drawing function, this may not be soon. But maybe in the future this will be improved somehow.

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