Trial and Error Robotics hosted an introduction to SolidWorks class for members of our community on Saturday, August 27th. SolidWorks is a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) program that enables users to design schematics, 3D models and mechanical systems. Used by amateurs, FTC teams, and professionals in the field, SolidWorks is among the premiere software for designing mechanical systems from beginning to end.
Our attendees included community members without robotics experience, but the class also served as a primer for our own new team members on using the program. Additionally, we were happy to host reigning state champions FTC team #14236 Slight Malfunction. The class was taught primarily by our coach Mr. Cody, a SolidWorks professional, but our team alumni Trevor contributed to the presentation by teaching sketching in the program. Supplementing the class was a tour of our team’s shop and the other facilities housed within ERDC’s FWD center such as the 3D printers, laser cutters, and machining equipment used to bring CAD designs to fruition.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about CAD, or you are looking for additional information on prospective future classes, feel free to contact us at FTC10191@gmail.com