By Jennifer MacMillan
I recently had the opportunity to teach a class with our five day Autodesk Inventor 2014 Introduction to Solid Modeling training guide. I loved this opportunity as I really enjoy teaching and well… to be honest it gave me the idea for a new training guide. Within 30 minutes of starting the class I knew that I had an experienced group. Our “get-to-know each other” introduction was impressive. I had a group that had extensive 3D CAD backgrounds with a mix of CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, and Solidworks. My initial thought was, “this is going to be a tough one” and then I switched my tune and thought of it a perfect learning experience for me. One month later, ASCENT was pleased to announce a new three day Autodesk Inventor training guide: Autodesk Inventor 2014 for Experienced 3D CAD Users.
Throughout my class I took the opportunity to take a lot of notes on what they were asking, how fast they were getting through the exercises, and how I could compress the lecture/demo portion of my presentation. At the end of it all, (after finishing early and spending a lot of time teaching advanced material) I realized that what this group needed was an accelerated version of our standard five day training guide. My students clearly understood what the features could do, they just needed to know how to find the tool, and how to use it in the Autodesk Inventor software. Once they got used to Autodesk Inventor’s Interface, dialog boxes, and mini-toolbars they were off to the races.
As the developer, I knew that it was important to explain the intended audience to the ASCENT sales team. So I stressed the following in our course description…
“The Autodesk® Inventor® 2014 for Experienced 3D CAD Users training guide is intended to provide accelerated introductory training in the Autodesk® Inventor® software. This training guide can be used in a three day introductory training class and is designed for students that
have 3D modeling design experience with other 3D CAD software packages (e.g., CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo Parametric, NX, or SolidWorks).”
This class leverages the experience students gain when working in other 3D modeling software packages and because of this, students are expected to get through the material at a more intense speed. Although, ultimately the same material is covered in the five and three day classes, students that do not have any CAD experience would have a difficult time keeping up with the accelerated pace.
As an instructor preparing to teach this new class, here are a few recommendations:
- The main difference in the two books is how sketching and modeling the basic features is taught. The content is different in the first book, so be sure and review it. The opening 6 chapters have been consolidated to 4 chapters.
- In the five day class, many topics provide students with the opportunity to do multiple exercises to ensure their understanding of the topic. In the three day class, many exercises are marked “Optional”. They are included, but are meant for after class work. Students should not be allowed to complete these unless they are ahead of the rest of the class. Once you hit an Optional exercise, move on.
- Use the Instructor Tools as a guideline for the timing.
Please let me know if you have any feedback (education@ASCENTed.com). We hope that you enjoy this new offering.Jennifer