FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

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FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby sliptonic » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:51 pm

For the last few months I've been working on a FreeCAD book which I'm relieved to say is finally published today.

Background:
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 and Kobo. I recommend Kobo, cause it's cheaper.
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby chrisb » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:34 am

Great to hear you made it! These projects often get never to an end. I hope your book will be available in europe.
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby chrisb » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:38 am

Is it published in print as well or only as an e-book? The latter is available here, of course, but I would like to have a "real" book, if available.
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby sliptonic » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:47 am

chrisb wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:38 am
Is it published in print as well or only as an e-book? The latter is available here, of course, but I would like to have a "real" book, if available.
So far, no. We've looked at "print on demand" but at more than 200 pages, many with color images, it would be a very expensive book. That's hard to justify with technical books that have such a short shelf life.
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby mlampert » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:19 am

Congrats, you get your life back!

It's a great read and I'm learning some new tricks too. Shines some light into areas I don't use frequently enough to be familiar with.
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby saso » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:51 am

Congratulations on the book! But why does it say 218 pages on amazon and 78 pages on kobo?
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby Jee-Bee » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:39 am

That makes the price per page on a kobo far more expensive!! :o
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby wandererfan » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:13 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby Kunda1 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:34 pm

very cool!!!
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Re: FreeCAD For Inventors Book Published

Postby sliptonic » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:56 pm

saso wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:51 am
Congratulations on the book! But why does it say 218 pages on amazon and 78 pages on kobo?
Thanks for the heads'up!

We've inquired with Kobo why it's reporting this way but don't have an answer yet. The publisher purchased one for download and verified that all pages are being included.