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FreeCad in the classroom

Postby goat20dev » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:34 pm

Hello everyone! I am a CAD teacher for junior high students. We have been using PRO E 3.0, and TinkerCad in the past. I had planned to use PTC Creo 4.0 this year but our computers do not support it. I am leaning towards FreeCad and while it is kind of the same as what we have been using, it will be new to most students and myself. I found some of the lessons, and some videos that look like they are decent starting points on youtube and from the links. I guess my question was if anyone else is a teacher, or has advice for creating a curriculum or order of lessons to go in? I am sort of learning on the fly as CAD was not my background but I have been learning it over the past year or so. Some other programs seem to have better step by step help I can buy, such as books, or lesson plans. I have no curriculum to follow and am just learning this with my students. If anyone could help point me in the direct of any resources you recommend I would appreciate it. And if any other CAD teachers out there had advice or a curriculum I would love to share ideas. I am responsible for teaching each unit for a semester (5 months). After a few I can let them be creative, but we all need to learn the basics. If anything scripted out there exists besides the lessons and videos linked from this page I would really appreciate you sharing. Thank you in advance.
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Re: FreeCad in the classroom

Postby Willem » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:07 pm

Hi, welcome to Freecad and the forum

A manual can be downloaded from this page

A good video tutorial in English of 12 lessons (32 lessons in German) is made by Roland ... lFGkYBIH9g

Hope you can get inspiration from this info to make your own lessons
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Re: FreeCad in the classroom

Postby bejant » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:30 am

@microellly2 @Bernhard @bstanard @Pierrimus
goat20dev wrote:
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:34 pm
Hello everyone! I am a CAD teacher for junior high students.
I guess my question was if anyone else is a teacher,
Hi goat20dev and welcome! Here are some forum members that initially come to mind:
  • microelly2 is a German educator and is very active in the FreeCAD community (also google the the phrase "das freecad buch" outside the forum - you can use google translate to read things in another language if needed).
  • Bernhard also posted that he is a German an educator in Bavaria.

    Your phrase "junior high" causes me to suspect that you're in the United States, so here are a few more:
  • bstanard wrote that he was a high-school teacher in Miami, Florida and
  • Pierrimus wrote that he taught a class at the Sacramento Public Library's Arcade Branch Design Spot 3D Printing lab.
To contact them do a People Search from the top of the forum toolbar (right-most thing in the top row of the snippy):
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(My apologies to any teachers who my mind hasn't recollected).
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Re: FreeCad in the classroom

Postby DudeRose » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:03 am

freecad is so difficult :oops: