[Fab] FreeCAD: Open Source Parametric CAD Modeler. A forum to discuss, discover, and design its potential.

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Thu Apr 11 21:31:15 UTC 2013

Yes! Thanks! I will clarify!
On Apr 11, 2013 1:47 PM, "Rachel McConnell" <rachel at xtreme.com> wrote:

> I would like to join you in this.  Super interested in FreeCAD; I found a
> nice link in case anyone feels like clicking: http://sourceforge.net/**
> projects/free-cad/ <http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/>.  It's
> supposed to run on Win, Mac, Linux, BSD.
> Oh, Corey, by "entry is free" I assume you mean I don't have to be a
> TechShop member to attend?
> Rachel.10
> On 4/11/13 1:39 PM, Corey McGuire wrote:
>> Hello illustrious hackers, geeks, artists, engineers, and otherwise
>> "parametric modeler, inclined",
>> This is an invitation to join me for an informal discussion and
>> exploration of the state of "FreeCAD", a parametric modeler in the style
>> of Solidworks and Inventor.
>> Techshop, Wednesday, April 17th, 8:00PM.  Entry is free.
>> There is a new tool in town.  A free tool, an opesource tool, a powerful
>> tool, a tool that is designed to compliment and facilitate the creation
>> and fabrication of things.  This tool is FreeCAD, and it is a project
>> (as opposed to product) that is showing massive potential to break us
>> free of expensive, closed, cumbersome, tools that don't play nice with
>> the rest of the industry.
>> What this tool promises is an end...to the seemingly endless...battle
>> with software for designing and building our world.
>> The nuts and bolts of this tool are in place.  It's like a BMW, in all
>> its precision .. just without the sporty interior, the fenders, the
>> windows.  We can expect it to do what we need it to do, but the
>> interface, which is very intuative, is also not complete.
>> Which is where we come in.  Not to design the interface, but to explore
>> the interface and view the interface with the eyes of a new user.
>> We will find the interface very familiar because it borrows from the
>> solidworks/inventor paradigm.  But neither of these tools are terribly
>> intuitive to a new user.
>> This software is designed to be as powerful as the tools we are used to,
>> but to be more approachable.
>> My goal, our goal, it to see if it is.  Our goal is to try a couple
>> "hello world" parts of our choosing and find out where we get snagged
>> along the way, and report this back to the developers.
>> The ultimate goal being, guide this tool to becoming the open access to
>> industrial design and engineering software package the DIY community
>> deserves, and to build a common language for people to use to share
>> design intent so that the domain of design is not encumbered by cost.
>> Following this meeting, I hope to design hardware and platform agnostic
>> curriculum to get the DIY community up to speed with CAD!
>> So, who would like to join me?
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