For the last few months I've been working on a FreeCAD book which I'm relieved to say is finally published today.
I mentor a group of kids in an Explorer post here in Missouri. Explorers are kind of like Boy Scouts but for boys and girls 14-20 and without uniforms or rank. Posts are aligned with an industry or career path and this particular post is for kids that are interested in invention and entrepreneurship. As part of that experience, I saw how people with an idea often struggle to get it to the next stage. They know they need to get a design, but the learning curve for CAD is just too steep. Even if they get the software installed, they're completely overwhelmed by the tools and options.
That was the origin of the book; focus on the basic modeling concepts, tools, and techniques and then show how those models can be used. Obviously, I hope the book has broader appeal than high school kids. I hope it works to get new users up to speed, or at least to the point that they can start teaching themselves.
But I need to say this loud and clear:
There's nothing in this book that I didn't learn from people WAY smarter than me. Normand, Microelly2, Werner, Yorik, mlampert, sgrogan, wandererfan, easyw-fc, and many many others: You guys have my gratitude.
And to the entire FreeCAD community: Thanks for making this place so much fun.
And now for the $hamele$$ plug:
The book is available on Amazon
. I recommend Kobo, cause it's cheaper.