I was wondering if a more or less agreed strategy could be established here to present FreeCAD to people, as a first approach to the CAD / CAM / CAE world.
As you can understand, the population I am thinking of consists of people without prior knowledge of 3D design or the management of any other CAD programs.
I was wondering if these could be the first steps in this task (opinions are very welcome):
- Introduce the graphical interface.
- After installing Freecad, induce the interested person to do a scan through the graphical interface.
- Talk a little about the workbenches and show some of them.
- Use the Part (or Part Design) workbench just to create, say, a cube, and invite the student to notice the effects that are caused by moving the cursor over the display window, also indicate Repeat these movements but now combine them with the Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys.
- Indicate how to change the navigation style and repeat the movements and combinations specified in item 3.
- From here, I am not sure if it is best to continue with
Part workbench or with the Part design workbench. I am particularly inclined to the Part Design workbench. (Help!)
- Use the chosen workbench to create other objects, this in order to create a certain visual impact. Also modify the associated parameters and visualize the effect this causes. Indicate how to toggle objects visible/invisible.
- I am convinced that the parameters used in the project must be specified in a spreadsheet and invoked through respective aliases previously imposed. But I'm not sure of the right time to introduce the use of the spreadsheet. (Help!)
- However the sequence is chosen, first present some rudiments of the Part and Part Design workbenches. Then detail them and encourage the interested person to permanently explore the interface.