[Fab] FreeCAD: Open Source Parametric CAD Modeler. A forum to discuss, discover, and design its potential.
coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Fri Apr 12 22:32:57 UTC 2013
Just some clarification:
:-) YES! It's free!
:-) NO! You don't have to be a Techshop member! This is being hosted by
:-) YES! It's at the SF Techshop (doh! I forget there's an outside world,
:-) YES! I like beer!
:-) No, I probably shouldn't have too many
See you next week!
On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM, Corey McGuire <coreyfro at coreyfro.com>wrote:
> Hello illustrious hackers, geeks, artists, engineers, and otherwise
> "parametric modeler, inclined",
> This is an invitation to join me for an informal discussion and
> exploration of the state of "FreeCAD", a parametric modeler in the style of
> Solidworks and Inventor.
> Techshop, Wednesday, April 17th, 8:00PM. Entry is free.
> There is a new tool in town. A free tool, an opesource tool, a powerful
> tool, a tool that is designed to compliment and facilitate the creation and
> fabrication of things. This tool is FreeCAD, and it is a project (as
> opposed to product) that is showing massive potential to break us free of
> expensive, closed, cumbersome, tools that don't play nice with the rest of
> the industry.
> What this tool promises is an end...to the seemingly endless...battle with
> software for designing and building our world.
> The nuts and bolts of this tool are in place. It's like a BMW, in all
> its precision .. just without the sporty interior, the fenders, the
> windows. We can expect it to do what we need it to do, but the interface,
> which is very intuative, is also not complete.
> Which is where we come in. Not to design the interface, but to explore
> the interface and view the interface with the eyes of a new user.
> We will find the interface very familiar because it borrows from the
> solidworks/inventor paradigm. But neither of these tools are terribly
> intuitive to a new user.
> This software is designed to be as powerful as the tools we are used to,
> but to be more approachable.
> My goal, our goal, it to see if it is. Our goal is to try a couple "hello
> world" parts of our choosing and find out where we get snagged along the
> way, and report this back to the developers.
> The ultimate goal being, guide this tool to becoming the open access to
> industrial design and engineering software package the DIY community
> deserves, and to build a common language for people to use to share design
> intent so that the domain of design is not encumbered by cost.
> Following this meeting, I hope to design hardware and platform agnostic
> curriculum to get the DIY community up to speed with CAD!
> So, who would like to join me?
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler - Albert
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo Da
Perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there
is nothing left to take away - Antoine de Saint
Keep It Simple Stupid - Kelly
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