As part of our offseason team building efforts FRC3005 is going to be hosting a 10-week Onshape CAD class (taught by yours truly). This class is intended for students on our team, but we figured it would be a useful resource to share with the community.
The class is based on a class I did a few years ago for my former team (FRC5413) now adapted for Onshape.
The class sessions will be once weekly on Mondays 7pm-9pm CT (8pm-10pm ET). The first session will be May 30th (it’s a holiday, but 10 weeks starts to run into our fall activities if we start a week later).
The class will include lessons on peripheral engineering topics that will be needed to be successful in designing robots during a season. The format of the class session will be:
- 30min for an engineering topic or discussion about a common type of robot mechanism in FRC.
- 30min for a highlight of common off-the-shelf components that we buy and use on our robots.
- 1hr for self-paced hands-on CAD practice. I will pre-record a video that students will follow along with to perform the CAD exercises for that week.
I will be live streaming the first hour of the class on our YouTube channel. I will be working through the CAD practice live with the RoboChargers students, but I’m not going to bother streaming that. Those of you following along will have access to the pre-recorded CAD video and I will answer any questions in this thread.
I’ll post the video and slides in this thread each week.
A few disclaimers:
This class is very focused on our team, so the CAD topics are tailored to our manufacturing resources, preferred suppliers, and design style. We’ll be teaching our methods of modeling, file organization, part numbering, etc. which might not work best for all teams.
2022 was the first season of Onshape for 3005 so we’re still working a few things out.
Any experienced Onshape users, robot designers, or general CAD users feel free to chime in with feedback on the class content or design practices.