Look forward to seeing this! Thanks. I would like to provide you with some recent papers that indicate serious problems in the way CAD has been taught to engineers. Would you like to see them?Joel_graff wrote: ↑Mon May 27, 2019 4:09 pmSo I have received a proposal to provide an online course featuring FreeCAD. It's a great opportunity to provide high-quality training that features our project. The vendor tends to focus on civil / geotechnical engineering topics, but they're interested in highlighting our project largely because it provides a powerful engineering tool with little or no licensing entanglements for the students.
Just a disclaimer - the course is a paid course, though I would retain the copyright on the content.
I'm not really posting this here for anything other than thoughts / ideas on what the content focus ought to be. This is a good opportunity to represent FreeCAD in a more professional light and as a viable engineering tool alongside courses that teach Autodesk and Microstation applications. If nothing else, I feel students should walk away with a clear idea of what workbenches and tools are most suitable for which workflows. 3D modeling skills will be necessary and a part of that focus, but it seems to me that it's more important the student have a clear mental picture of exactly how FreeCAD is put together and the UI is navigated to help overcome that "high learning curve" that is so frequently the subject of controversy around here.
Developing this is no small amount of work for me, but I'd like to make sure that my own efforts, at least, contribute to making FreeCAD more viable in commercial engineering domains...
I might be interested. The website focuses on civil / geotechnical engineering, so it's not quite something FreeCAD caters to (despite my best efforts ). That said, there is interest in having an introductory FreeCAD course designed, and I have ideas... I don't think I'm going to pursue it right away - partly because I think it'd be good to wait until after 0.19 (or v1.0) gets released, and also because I have too much else to do to crank out 6 hours of video and a brand-new course before September.
I told them I wasn't interested in developing something just yet - partly because we're still transitioning to Py3 / QT5 and I felt it might be best to wait until after 0.19 is released (or is it v1.0? )
Is Sketcher doing to be included in the course? According to the "On the Role..." and "Are We Training..." documents, people are having difficulties recognizing different types of Constraints, applying them optimally, and creating robust Sketches using SolidWorks. Based on the descriptions of SolidWorks in those documents, FreeCAD's Sketcher gives the user more and better information about DOF, Under-Constrained Elements, Redundant Constraints, and Conflicting Constraints than SolidWorks does. It seems to me that a student struggling in SolidWorks to create Sketches that are Under Constrained and don't contain Conflicting or Redundant Constraints would gain some insight on how to overcome these problems just by creating the same Sketch in FreeCAD because the student can learn from the better Sketch information that FreeCAD displays. To me these are fundamental skills a student should learn before applying them directly to civil engineering work.Joel_graff wrote: ↑Mon May 27, 2019 4:09 pmSo I have received a proposal to provide an online course featuring FreeCAD. It's a great opportunity to provide high-quality training that features our project. The vendor tends to focus on civil / geotechnical engineering topics, but they're interested in highlighting our project largely because it provides a powerful engineering tool with little or no licensing entanglements for the students.
Yes, from the forum we've seen that just trying to grasp what Work Benches to use for a certain task can be confusing so even choosing the appropriate WB is something to be learned.
At this point, I don't have time to build a curriculum for the near future, but I've continued to pick away at it.
That seems like it will be an interesting course!
Would you be kind enough to split off that discussion into another thread?
Moved to https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=37653. Feel free to change the subject.