So this season I have been using a brand new training style/approach for our incoming CAD Students, and so far it has been a great success!
To start, I had them follow the built in Solidworks tutorials.
Next, they watched videos by Vertanux1. Specifically, they did the first 6 videos in this playlist which covers basic parts, assemblies, and drawings. They also learn how to use GrabCAD for file management, which I heavily recommend!
Getting a little more advanced here. Had them watch a decent portion of the 973 Ramp videos. Also included a gearbox plate tutorial from 254, and the designing with pulleys videos from WCP.
This is where we are currently at. The plan is to get them to take all of the skills they have learned in the previous steps and apply those to make a West Coast Drivetrain, it’ll be very similar to this guide from VexPro. I say similar, because we will be incorporating elements that my team would like to explore running in the 2020 season. Things like 4" wheels, NEO motors, #25 chain, ECT. This is great because they will be working on something extremely useful to the team. Additionally this is where I emphasized my team’s file organization and part naming scheme. It’s similar to what 254 uses. They learn to use our COTS library of parts, which is a cloned copy of Spectrum’s. Finally, they also get used to the construction methods we use, including 2x1 tubing, rivet + gusset construction, and snap ring detained drive shafts.
The plan for part 5 is a 3D printing project. I’m still not entirely sure where we want to go with this, but my inclination is to maybe do something with pulleys and belts.
Part 6 is basically the end goal. Here they will be going off on their own and designing whole subsystems to gain more confidence and experience, while also designing for FRC specifically.
In addition to everything above, my team is currently in the middle of a redesign of our 2019 robot, so throughout training there has been opportunities for the kids to actively contribute to the redesign by creating parts, and part and assembly drawings for the things that are getting built and assembled. This feedback loop where they can see the things they design/create drawings for get built and come alive is awesome to see, and an important part of the process! This is part of the reason for part 5.