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Cualer

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Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« on: March 06, 2015, 12:30:31 PM »

I've heard quite a few people who are interested in learning the commercial packages (Inventor+Solidworks) use (Inventor or Solidworks). Autodesk has a nonprofit software donation system in place for 501(c)3's, and we can make use of their Product Design Suite (Inventor, Fusion 360 and some FEA package by the looks of it) on two lab computers. I've confirmed with Pocky (David) that the Laser computer and the conference room computer can run the software so I'll go ahead and apply for the donation.


However, this discussion is in regards to setting up classes. Unlike Solidworks, Inventor is offered as a free 30-day trial, so we also have the ability to hold classes. I've been using Inventor for a couple years, so I wouldn't mind hosting it and walking students/attendees through the process of exporting 3D/2D files to the Wood CNC, 3D printers and Laser cutter. Anyway, what do y'all think?  :o
« Last Edit: March 06, 2015, 12:32:14 PM by Cualer »

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 01:08:25 PM »
Sounds good to me!

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2015, 03:29:52 PM »
Ooooooooh girl I'm so in
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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 05:16:23 PM »
I would very much like to attend, perhaps even learn something. I am old, and grumpy, but it could happen!

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 12:17:06 PM »
Sign me up.

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2015, 03:02:25 PM »
Veterans can buy it at an incredible discount. https://store.solidworks.com/veteran/default.php?command=Step1

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 11:15:54 AM »
So we just received two copies of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate. It includes quite a number of software programs, and should be quite fun to use. I'm looking for input on my proposed class structure:

1) Inventor: Basics of CAD Modeling (GUI, explanation of tools/functions, overview of capabilities and examples).

2) Inventor: Intermediate (Materials, assembly-based design, maybe some FEA?)

3) Inventor: Laser cutter exporting and design considerations



4) Inventor: 3D printer exporting and design considerations

5) Inventor: 4x4 CNC exporting and design considerations

6) Inventor: Acrylic Bending design (adapted from the sheet metal function in the software)

7) Inventor: HAAS Exporting, design considerations

The first six are possible once we get the lab set up and ready for classes. I'll come up with some slides and notes to get up on the Familab Wiki, but the biggest challenge I think is making sure students can get the trial software installed on their machines prior to the class, as it's best to follow along  instead of watch me do everything ;) .


Another consideration would be to piggyback classes for the 3D printer/laser cutter/CNC after the Inventor classes to get the entire process down in one day  :)
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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2015, 12:28:53 PM »
Thanks, Suraj! I'm up for taking all of them. :)

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 04:36:11 PM »
To add to this, Fusion360 is a full on 3D design software that you can do a ton of stuff with (including CAM!), and it is free provided you/your business makes less than 100k/yr (from use of the product), or are a non-profit. That pretty much means all of us, so just download and install it! There are some great tutorials online about how to use it, and I've already been doing a bit of work on my printers with it.


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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2015, 08:18:34 PM »
I'll email Vectric as well, to see if they could do a software donation for us. It'd be cool to have Cut2D or even Cut3D on the Inventor machines too :)


Edit: Seems VCarve would be better suited for our needs
« Last Edit: July 07, 2015, 08:21:12 PM by Cualer »

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Re: Autodesk Sponsorship and Classes
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2015, 12:36:36 PM »
Vectric doesn't offer any 501c3 discounts.


Also, Autodesk will give you as many copies you want for lab computers as long as


1) they stay on site
2) they are not use for any production/for profit work.



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