chrisb wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:18 am
Hi Herbert, thanks for the report, nice contest!
How long was the training? Background for my question are the complaints that FreeCAD is so hard to learn, while I think that 3D
is hard to learn. From Wilfried I know already that a beginner's training is 2 weeks for a basic course with more to follow.
So I'm interested in the time schedule and how far you got in that time.
The training was only 2 day's, a special (and absolutely senseles (my mind)) agreement with the school. Regulary SW trainings are at least 5 Days.
Background for my question are the complaints that FreeCAD is so hard to learn, while I think that 3D is hard to learn.
I think that are two different things... One is time to learn to use a tool (FC or SW (or some other CAD software)), the other is to learn "how to make " something.
To get familiar with the tool "CAD software" it make a big different which Software you are using usualy. Is it MS Office, you get more quick familiar with other software with this GUI style. Are you using "old GUI style" software, you'l find FC more easy to handle.
Of course a few FC "handling probs" are there and based of it's amount of different base WBs and it's components naming. Depending on how you like to work (start with a sketch or start with a primitive) there is a "base WB" where you start with and a few OPs of other WBs wich you need for your work.
If you are new to FC you don't personalize to your needs, because you don't know your needs and you don't know at wich WB you find the tool you need.
This results in a lot of searchung and a lot of frust... For that the first thing i show the first hour at a new course is "make FC handy".
Yes, that's in my mind the biggest obstacle on starting with FC. We "old" (longtime) FC users don't notice that, because we have our personal toolbar and know where the things are....
But a beginner is confused about it, i see that each year, if i make the first lessons at a new class.