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Old 04-07-2012, 08:18 PM
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Re: Autodesk Inventor Class

I think we are now talking about a CAD class <semi-online> on the VEX forum.

We've had some amazing presentations on VEX 0.5 and Cortex systems by the 4 gurus on the subject. So we are looking for the CAD disciples to lead us out of the paper napkin wilderness.

I know that Computer Aided Design people lurk hereand we (VEX) have a CAD vendor that is the #1 partner with VEX, here is a chance for them to step up and how to take all the STEP files from idea to robot.

We are hyped to go to 2012 Worlds, but we are looking forward to next year......
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:32 PM
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So we are looking for the CAD disciples to lead us out of the paper napkin wilderness.
I agree. There are enough of us on the forums that we could definitely teach others how to use Inventor. (or just CAD in general)

For me, the people that come to mind are Andrew, Jordan, Dakota, Joseph, and a handful of others. I also know how to use Inventor, though just enough to do Vex related things. I haven't delved too deep into the program.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:29 AM
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Re: Autodesk Inventor Class

Grrr... * Silly topic on the Vex forum makes Cody come out of hiding. *

Instead of looking for a way to learn a specific task, and then another and then another, why not learn a method of learning new things that will allow you to independently pursue anything you want in the future?

Effectively, why not learn how to learn?

Everyone learns differently, so the task of 'learning how to learn" is something that must be personally discovered. I can't just tell you the secrets, because my way of doing things may not be the right method for you.

But I can tell you this much, there are some really great platforms out there for sharing information via the Internets. YouTube and Google come to mind. If I want to learn something I would start with a search query on one of those sites and see where I end up.

For example, while working with 3ds Max I regularly have to look up topics because entire parts of the program exist that I've never seen before! It's crazy to imagine that after five+ years of this, I've nowhere near quote, unquote "mastering" Max.

However, I've learned good methods of information retrieval, so I don't have to worry. I'm never more than a few keystrokes and clicks away from an answer to any question I may have regarding most of what I do professionally.

While I was learning the basics of Max, I started with Google, figured out that lots of so-so video tutorials existed on YouTube, and eventually learned that Max actually has a really in-depth manual that explains how almost everything works. Yeah, those bastards actually bothered to include one of the best resources for learning the program, in the program! What a strange concept, right?

As a general Pro-Tip, everyone should do things they enjoy doing and should try to have as much fun doing said things as they can, because if they/you lose the fun, you will burn out and quickly become a slave to the task. It feels terrible, and something you love to do can quickly become a task that you despise.

So to re-cap:

1. Learn how YOU lean, and develop a mental strategy or algorithm that you can apply to any task or question you may have.

2. When you feel like learning something new, do it! Grab the necessary supplies (or program, or parts), and begin to apply your learning strategy to the task at hand, treat the task like a small adventure! Note that in this free world, almost any task is within reach, so shoot for the stars.

3. Have as much fun with it as possible. This is highly necessary and will drastically alter how your own success is self-perceived. Also, allow yourself time to reflect, time to rest and time to explore. The pressure you put on yourself to get started is good, because it gets you going, but recognize that as humans we all need some downtime.

4. Once you feel confident enough, pick a goal and try to use your new skills to accomplish said goal.

These virtues can be applied to almost any task, or effort to do something new. Isn't that neat? Some people may not agree with everything here, no mater - feel free to take what you agree with and disregard the rest.

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Old 04-08-2012, 07:42 AM
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I agree. There are enough of us on the forums that we could definitely teach others how to use Inventor. (or just CAD in general)

For me, the people that come to mind are Andrew, Jordan, Dakota, Joseph, and a handful of others. I also know how to use Inventor, though just enough to do Vex related things. I haven't delved too deep into the program.
Please tell me you're talking about Andrew Remmers... I just know enough to properly constrain a VEX robot, and create some basic lexan pieces when needed. I'd benefit from online classes just as much as everyone else...

Re: Cody: I understand the idea of learning to learn. I've done it. That said... it's a lot easier to have someone lead you through.

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it's a lot easier to have someone lead you through.
A luxury both costly and scarce.

In a Digital Media course at college I learned about the different types of interactions:

One to One
One to Many
Many to One

"One to One" being the costliest, "One to Many" being the cheapest.

Point being, in the grand scheme of things we rarely get to be mentored on a "One to One" basis (us robotics kids do a LOT more than normal people too) and, being a mostly self-taught person, I recognize a certain value in the quest to "figure things out."

However, that is my style and works for me. Point taken, good luck learning Inventor!

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Please tell me you're talking about Andrew Remmers... I just know enough to properly constrain a VEX robot, and create some basic lexan pieces when needed. I'd benefit from online classes just as much as everyone else...//Andrew
Yeah I meant Andrew Remmers. I didn't realize your name was Andrew too. Sorry about that.
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