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Clemens M.
(@clemens-m)
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FreeCAD - how to learn that

Hallo,

as one of my hobbies is 3D printing, I am also very interested in Raspberry Pi (these little computers). For 3D printing it is necessary to have a tool for designing your parts - a good choice is FreeCAD but in my own opinion it is not that intuitive as you may want it to be. On the other side it is free and open source which is a major advantage in my opinion.

Today I had a look into "HackSpace Issue #49" and found out that there is a FreeCad tutorial since Issue #37 (1. part of this tutorial). You can download these issues here:

https://hackspace.raspberrypi.com/issues

I know that on youtube there are lots of tutorials too, but it is worth having a look into HackSpace.

Best regards, Clemens 

Posted : 28/11/2021 1:23 pm
jsw
 jsw
(@jsw)
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RE: FreeCAD - how to learn that

A number of years ago when I first got into 3d printing I took a quickie course at our local 'makerspace' on drafting 3d models, and the tool that was used was FreeCAD, since it is free and thus equally available to all participants and also since it was available on all common platforms, and thus equally available as well.

The hands-on instruction got me started.

I'm also a Pi fan, got into that before I got into 3d printing.  I'm a regular reader of MagPi and HackSpace and would recommend those to any and all.  Both are free with an optional donation.

Those interested might look into if you have a makerspace or community college that has a quickie night course in something like this.

They started off simple, as in doing some simple geometric items in the Parts workbench, and then doing some actual drafting, again of simple items, using the Sketcher in the Part Design workbench.

The learning curve can be steep, but manageable.  I haven't found much that can't be done with it.

One particular feature that I found very helpful is the 'involute gear' maker of FreeCAD.  It takes some practice, but results have been great.

Posted : 28/11/2021 2:54 pm
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