TechShop and AutoDesk offer woodworking training
August 16, 2011 | 3:46 pm UTC
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MENLO PARK, CA -- TechShop, Inc., the world's first DIY workshop and fabrication studio, is introducing an intense education program in collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. which includes a trial of its Inventor software. The objective is to show people the power of 3D design software, enabling them to easily design their projects — and then build them using TechShop's advanced machines and tools.

Members have automatic access to TechShop's high powered 12-core, 12GB memory, nVidia-graphics powered HP Z600 workstations with the Autodesk Inventor Professional to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. With existing locations in Menlo Park, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, and a  San Jose, CA site opening soon, TechShop says its member-based DIY workshop allows "inventors, hackers, hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts" to build things using woodworking and other machinery they may not be able to keep at home.

"Autodesk continues to show they are serious about the Maker community," says Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "Giving our members access to powerful design software along with introductory instruction on how to use it helps democratize the invention process. Now anyone can design using advanced 3D software." The applications drive CNC mills, wood routers, and plasma cutters, as well as laser cutters and, says Hatch, a soon-to-be-operational Waterjet."

Classes offered include:

Installation and Guided Tour of Autodesk Inventor: This lecture class includes a short software installation session and detailed demonstration of how to use Autodesk Inventor.

Introduction to Sketching in Autodesk Inventor: This hands-on computer lab class will teach the basics of sketching, demonstrating techniques of drawing 2D and 3D parts, as well as provide a high-level understanding of the commands and tools available in Inventor and how to use them.

Assemblies in Autodesk Inventor: This hands-on computer lab class will teach more advanced techniques on how to combine multiple part drawings into assemblies.

Inventor Workshop: TechShop will also offer an informal, unstructured workshop where instructors and members are available to answer questions about Inventor use or general project design.

SolidWorks to Inventor Migration: This class will show SolidWorks users how to use Inventor and explain how to move files created in SolidWorks to Inventor.

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