No CAD package is intuitive, it’s not that they are difficult, it’s just that most people need some clear instructions explaining how the tools work – then it’s easy and interesting. Generally speaking the manual is useful once you have a reasonable overview of the software, but it is a manual, not a training book.
TurboCAD have stopped publishing printed manuals, although I still have a few left at £40 each, they were written for v21, but still good for the latest versions. Call me if you want one – 077 24 88 24 03.
I have created a set of training films to explain just the basics, how to draw a line, a circle, or whatever and how to ensure that it is exactly where you want it to be and if you want to move it, then how to do that. The set also includes an introduction on starting in 3D, again not difficult, but incomprehensible at first, these films will show you just how easy it is and below is an example film for you to watch explaining layers and printing.
You can view a full list of my training films by clicking here.
While these training films are created to be used with TurboCAD, they would also be of use to anyone starting in CAD, especially in 3D with SolidWorks. SolidWorks is an excellent package, but rather expensive. TurboCAD is similar enough to enable companies to run versions of both TurboCAD and SolidWorks together and swap drawings between the packages. This can have substantial financial savings for the company and still deliver the same results.
To give some insight into 2D and 3D CAD projects, I have created a series of exercises, each of which are delivered as a set of videos and a pdf file – If you’re in the UK, I also send a paper version of the pdf. The exercises cover 3D engineering and architectural projects and creating 2D plans. For more information and to purchase, please click here.
The TurboCAD Training Guides and the TurboCAD Mac Training Essentials, lead you through exercises. If you already have some understanding of CAD software, then these could be for you, but if you are new to CAD, Then I’d recommend following these after you have been through the USB training. Each exercise starts by showing you what you will draw, then takes you through a blow by blow account of how to achieve it.
A couple of training courses are run in Winchester most months. Numbers are limited to 5 at most, but are usually 3 people, this ensures that everyone gets all the attention they need. You are encouraged to bring along examples of what you need to draw, so that I can make sure you go away with all the information you need to solve any problem that comes your way. We start at 10am and go on until about 5.30. Dates for these are shown on the right-hand side of footer at the bottom of each page. The cost is £280 + vat.
For those who just have difficulty with an aspect or two of TurboCAD, say printing for example, then, we can arrange link ups using LogMeIn, for the visual and Skype for audio. We arrange a mutually convenient time and it can be at the weekend, or evening and link up. You pay initially for an hour, but this can be extended.
To find out more about training, please call me on 01962 835081, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the products below.
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Creating CAD-like construction drawings in SketchUp - ideal for most one-off construction jobs and the small to medium sized drawing office.
Browser-based (HTML) and video training guides teaching common 2D/3D CAD skills through easy to use, step-by-step sessions. Designed for anyone wishing to learn TurboCAD in a self-paced, structured session format, but is also appropriate for students learning CAD for the first time in a classroom setting, whether at school, college, university or any educational institution.