Looks like we're ready to go. I want to thanks Anool Mahidaria for taking time out of his trip to be with us today to chat about KiCad and FreeCAD.
Anool, can you give us a little background on yourself and how you came to be presenting at the first ever KiCon this weekend?
I'm based in Mumbai India, and first used KiCad in 2010. Since then I've grown to love it , and have used it for all of our Open HW prrojects at Wyolum.
I can't remember the first time I used FreeCAD, but it was ver 0.12 (we're almost at ver 0.18 now). And find it pretty useful.
Both, KiCad and FreeCAd have steep learning curves and quirks
But that goes for almost all technical SW, no matter which.
@Anool Mahidharia is touring the US at the moment landed in NYC, and is currently in Pittsburg, headed here to DC next.
So, KiCon2019 is a great beginning for us to teach, and learn, from one another
Oh and I think he has some KiCon thing in there too
I did a KiCad bootcamp at NYCResistor earlier this month
So why FreeCAD? Why not Fusion360 OpenSCAD?
And doing KiCad and FreeCAD workshops at MakerFX makerspace in Orlando later in May
FreeCAD 'cause is it open source, is multi platform (fusion doesn' work on Linux) and non-binary (plain text) file formats
OpenSCAD is kinda difficult for me 'cause I don't come from a programming background and cannot generate CAD programatically
freeCAD fits the bill perfectly.
I lot of people have trouble getting started. How did you get over the hump? #aksingforafriend
And, I've seen it has been in constant and intensive development, just like KiCad
I kinda learned the FreeCAD ropes on my own, stumbling along the way. But it helps to have some background in how drawings are made, and solids are sculpted to make things easy
I must admit, for me as a Inventor and SolidWorks user it was a nightmare to get going
hmm, FCStd is plaintext?!
could have been worse, could be Blender
But now, there's a ton of tutorials out there so it isn't so intimidating getting your feet wet unlike earlier
Yes, Morgan, FCStd is plain text
oh, I somehow missed that
So is the KiCAD libraries stuff when you use Altium at work @Jan ;)
or anything else, really
Can you recomend a begining tut on FreeCAD?
also in regard to tutorials, there are several new youtubers putting out content for FreeCAD 0.17 & 0.18+, mathcodeprint is one I like
that was one problem I found trying to learn FreeCAD, the content was dated
Unlike KiCAD (which is a EDA designed to help you build PCBs), FreeCAD is a general CAD program, so there's mant different ways of starting off depending on what you want to do
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