[Fab] FreeCAD: Open Source Parametric CAD Modeler. A forum to discuss, discover, and design its potential.

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Sat Apr 13 00:00:52 UTC 2013


Sorry for further spam.  Here's the best link to the installers.  For
Linux, check your repository first, or compile from sources.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/files/?source=navbar


On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM, Corey McGuire <coreyfro at coreyfro.com>wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> Just some clarification:
>
> :-) YES! It's free!
> :-) NO! You don't have to be a Techshop member!  This is being hosted by
> Type-A Machines.
> :-) YES! It's at the SF Techshop (doh!  I forget there's an outside world,
> sometimes.)
> :-) 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
> Einstein <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein>
> Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo Da Vinci<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Da_Vinci>
> Perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when
> there is nothing left to take away - Antoine de Saint Exupéry<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_de_Saint_Exup%C3%A9ry>
> Keep It Simple Stupid - Kelly Johnson<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Johnson>
>



-- 
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler - Albert
Einstein <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein>
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo Da
Vinci<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_Da_Vinci>
Perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there
is nothing left to take away - Antoine de Saint
Exupéry<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_de_Saint_Exup%C3%A9ry>
Keep It Simple Stupid - Kelly
Johnson<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_Johnson>
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