Draft BSpline

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Draft BSpline

Menu location
Drafting → B-spline
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Draft Wire, Draft CubicBezCurve, Draft BezCurve


The Draft BSpline command creates a B-spline curve from several points.

The Draft BSpline command specifies the exact points through which the curve will pass. The Draft BezCurve and the Draft CubicBezCurve commands, on the other hand, use control points to define the position and curvature of the spline.

Spline defined by multiple points


See also: Draft Tray, Draft Snap and Draft Constrain.

  1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Press the B-spline button.
    • Select the Drafting → B-spline option from the menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: B then S.
  2. The B-spline task panel opens. See Options for more information.
  3. Pick the first point in the 3D view, or type coordinates and press the Enter point button.
  4. Pick additional points in the 3D view, or type coordinates and press the Enter point button.
  5. Press Esc or the Close button to finish the command.


The single character keyboard shortcuts available in the task panel can be changed. See Draft Preferences. The shortcuts mentioned here are the default shortcuts (for version 0.22).

  • To manually enter coordinates enter the X, Y and Z component, and press Enter after each. Or you can press the Enter point button when you have the desired values. It is advisable to move the pointer out of the 3D view before entering coordinates.
  • Press R or click the Relative checkbox to toggle relative mode. If relative mode is on, coordinates are relative to the last point, if available, else they are relative to the coordinate system origin.
  • Press G or click the Global checkbox to toggle global mode. If global mode is on, coordinates are relative to the global coordinate system, else they are relative to the working plane coordinate system. introduced in version 0.20
  • Press F or click the Filled checkbox to toggle filled mode. If filled mode is on, the created spline will have DataMake Face set to true and will have a filled face, provided it is closed and does not self-intersect. Note that a self-intersecting spline with a face will not display properly, for such a spline DataMake Face must be set to false.
  • Press N or click the Continue checkbox to toggle continue mode. If continue mode is on, the command will restart after using Finish or Close, or after creating a closed spline by snapping to the first point of the spline, allowing you to continue creating splines.
  • Press / or the Undo button to undo the last point.
  • Press A or the Finish button to finish the command and leave the spline open.
  • Press O or the Close button to finish the command and close the spline. A closed spline can also be created by snapping to the first point of the spline.
  • Press W or the Wipe button to delete the curve segments already placed, but keep working from the last point.
  • Press U or the Set WP button to adjust the current working plane in the orientation defined by the last and the previous point.
  • Press S to switch Draft snapping on or off.
  • Press Esc or the Close button to finish the command.



See also: Property editor.

A Draft BSpline object is derived from a Part Part2DObject and inherits all its properties. It also has the following additional properties:



  • DataArea (Area): (read-only) specifies the area of the face of the spline. The value will be 0.0 if DataMake Face if false or the face cannot be created.
  • DataClosed (Bool): specifies if the spline is closed or not. If the spline is initially open this value is false, setting it to true will draw a curve segment to close the spline. If the spline is initially closed this value is true, setting it to false will remove the last curve segment and make the spline open.
  • DataMake Face (Bool): specifies if the spline makes a face or not. If it is true a face is created, otherwise only the perimeter is considered part of the object. This property only works if DataClosed is true and if the spline does not self-intersect.
  • DataParameterization (Float): affects the shape of the spline.
  • DataPoints (VectorList): specifies the points of the spline in its local coordinate system.



  • ViewArrow Size (Length): specifies the size of the symbol displayed at the end of the spline.
  • ViewArrow Type (Enumeration): specifies the type of symbol displayed at the end of the spline, which can be Dot, Circle, Arrow, Tick or Tick-2.
  • ViewEnd Arrow (Bool): specifies whether to show a symbol at the end of the spline, so it can be used as an annotation line.
  • ViewPattern (Enumeration): specifies the Draft Pattern with which to fill the face of the closed spline. This property only works if DataMake Face is true and if ViewDisplay Mode is Flat Lines.
  • ViewPattern Size (Float): specifies the size of the Draft Pattern.


See also: Autogenerated API documentation and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

To create a Draft BSpline use the make_bspline method (introduced in version 0.19) of the Draft module. This method replaces the deprecated makeBSpline method.

bspline = make_bspline(pointslist, closed=False, placement=None, face=None, support=None)
bspline = make_bspline(Part.Wire, closed=False, placement=None, face=None, support=None)
  • Creates a bspline object from the given list of points, pointslist.
    • Each point in the list is defined by its FreeCAD.Vector, with units in millimeters.
    • Alternatively, the input can be a Part.Wire, from which points are extracted.
  • If closed is True, or if the first and last points are identical, the spline is closed.
  • If placement is None the spline is created at the origin.
  • If face is True, and the spline is closed, the spline will make a face, that is, it will appear filled.


import FreeCAD as App
import Draft

doc = App.newDocument()

p1 = App.Vector(0, 0, 0)
p2 = App.Vector(1000, 1000, 0)
p3 = App.Vector(2000, 0, 0)

spline1 = Draft.make_bspline([p1, p2, p3], closed=False)
spline2 = Draft.make_bspline([p1, 2*p3, 1.3*p2], closed=False)
spline3 = Draft.make_bspline([1.3*p3, p1, -1.7*p2], closed=False)