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Intro to CAD

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There are some people on my team who are starting to learn how to CAD before season starts. Other than having CAD classes during meetings, what are some good online tutorials/videos that would help them learn to CAD specifically related to FRC?
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Re: Intro to CAD

1114's Simbotics Solidworks Series and 973's RAMP Videos are two of the best resources you'll find for learning design and CAD for FRC.
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Re: Intro to CAD

Okay, thank you!
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Re: Intro to CAD

What software does your team use?
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We use both SolidWorks and Fusion 360.
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Re: Intro to CAD

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We use both SolidWorks and Fusion 360.
Is there a reason you're using both? I don't know much about Fusion's workflow and compatibility but generally mixing two CAD softwares isn't the best idea.
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Is there a reason you're using both? I don't know much about Fusion's workflow and compatibility but generally mixing two CAD softwares isn't the best idea.
My team uses solidworks for CAD, but one of our mentors and I do CAM using fusion 360ís built in system. The only reason is that I am used to it, it works on MacOS, and itís easy enough to do file transfer. With fusion I can do CAM on the team CAD laptop that I have checked out (which is an enormous brick) or on my personal 2015 MacBook Air which is much lighter and easier for me to take to classes at school. We havenít had any problems with it at all thus far.
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Is there a reason you're using both? I don't know much about Fusion's workflow and compatibility but generally mixing two CAD softwares isn't the best idea.
Our team uses both softwares because we CAD on our own laptops, so some of us have Mac and others have Lenovo or Dell.
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Our team uses both softwares because we CAD on our own laptops, so some of us have Mac and others have Lenovo or Dell.
I highly recommend against this. Using two different softwares for CAD presents a whole bunch of compatibility issues that would be a pain to deal with. Why not use Fusion 360 all around? It's supported by both Mac and Windows. Or have you looked into Onshape? It's hosted online, and all you need is a web browser to access it, regardless of what type of computer you're using.

Both options are free and standardizing the software you use for CAD will save you a lot of headaches when working together to design a robot.
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Re: Intro to CAD

Check out the Solidprofessor voucher. Their material is very very good! Plus their videos are searchable, so as you progress, you login, type in what you are looking for, and the good video will show up on how to do it. It's extremely easy to use and understand.

Oh, I put these videos together some time ago. Pretty straightforward and short for each one. If you are completely new, they will help a bit with basic functionality of Solidworks.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...O08hI7IclFrC4M

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Re: Intro to CAD

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Check out the Solidprofessor voucher. Their material is very very good! Plus their videos are searchable, so as you progress, you login, type in what you are looking for, and the good video will show up on how to do it. It's extremely easy to use and understand.

Oh, I put these videos together some time ago. Pretty straightforward and short for each one. If you are completely new, they will help a bit with basic functionality of Solidworks.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...O08hI7IclFrC4M
Awesome, I'll check them out! Thanks!
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I highly recommend against this. Using two different softwares for CAD presents a whole bunch of compatibility issues that would be a pain to deal with. Why not use Fusion 360 all around? It's supported by both Mac and Windows. Or have you looked into Onshape? It's hosted online, and all you need is a web browser to access it, regardless of what type of computer you're using.

Both options are free and standardizing the software you use for CAD will save you a lot of headaches when working together to design a robot.
Big +1 for Onshape, we use it and its great
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Big +1 for Onshape, we use it and its great
I'm all about Onshape, as I've posted here and mentioned all over CD, if you search for it.

It works really well for many teams and I'm happy to support whoever wants to give it a shot.
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