I am looking for a comprehensive in depth CAD tutorial. I am a theater performance major in Detroit, and I have no clue how to do this. I have a few robots drawn out on paper. But I don't know how to talk the blueprint speak. I am not retarded (well...maybe a tiny, tiny bit. Ok, a lot. I am retarded.). I am decent at physics and math. I have built piezoelectrical equipment before... I use Linux so GNU software would be nice. I can spend a little money... but I can't dish out a thousand bucks or whatever these programs seem to cost. Any ideas on where an arts student can learn how to do something technical and wonderful for free? Going back to school is currently not an option (I'm poor.)
Not to make this thread sappy or anything, but building the photovore robot changed my life.
A few questions I am going to throw into this thread because I am thinking about them...
How do you determine the physical size of motors and equipment without having them in your possession? Either I don't know where to look on a website for specs or it doesn't display.
Is there a way to test for structural weaknesses?
Bless your hearts.