Draft Clone

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Draft Clone

Menu location
Modification → Clone
Draft, Arch
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
Draft Scale


The Draft Clone command creates linked copies, clones, of selected objects. The shape of a clone is parametric, it will update if its source object changes. But a clone does have its own position, rotation, and scale, and its own View properties. For Arch objects the command creates a special type of clone: an Arch clone.

The command can be used on 2D objects created with the Draft Workbench or Sketcher Workbench, but also on many 3D objects such as those created with the Part Workbench, PartDesign Workbench or Arch Workbench. Clones of 2D objects can be used in PartDesign Bodies.

Draft Clone next to its source object


  1. Optionally select one or more objects.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Press the Clone button.
    • Select the Modification → Clone option from the menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: C then L.
  3. If you have not yet selected an object: select an object in the 3D view.


See also: Property editor.

An object created with the Draft Clone command is derived from a Part Part2DObject, a Part Feature object or, if an Arch Clone is created, from the object type of the source object. It inherits all properties from that object. A clone derived from one of the first two objects also has the following additional properties:



  • DataFuse (Bool): specifies if overlapping shapes in the clone are fused or not.
  • DataObjects (LinkListGlobal): specifies the objects that are cloned.
  • DataScale (Vector): specifies the X, Y and Z scale factors.


See also: Autogenerated API documentation and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

To create a clone use the make_clone method (introduced in version 0.19) of the Draft module. This method replaces the deprecated clone method.

cloned_object = make_clone(obj, delta=None, forcedraft=False)
  • obj contains the objects to be cloned. It is either a single object or a list of objects.
  • delta is the displacement vector to be applied to the clone.
  • If forcedraft is False and obj contains a single Arch object an Arch Clone is created. Set forcedraft to True to create a Draft Clone instead.
  • cloned_object is returned with the clone object.


import FreeCAD as App
import Draft

doc = App.newDocument()

place = App.Placement(App.Vector(1000, 0, 0), App.Rotation())
polygon1 = Draft.make_polygon(3, 750)
polygon2 = Draft.make_polygon(5, 750, placement=place)

vector = App.Vector(2600, 500, 0)
cloned_object = Draft.clone([polygon1, polygon2], delta=vector)

cloned_object.Fuse = True