Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Old dog, new tricks?

I’m old school in many ways, even as I try to stay up with technology.   Way backawhen, when I certainly didn’t know better, or even really cared for that matter, I took a mechanical drawing course in school, mostly for the easy credit.   Ah, that was just before AutoCAD was introduced upon the world.

I kinda wish I stuck with it now.

Yeah, I am trying to learn auto cad.

Its not as intuitive as I was expecting.   I am much faster and more accurate with a Tsquare, triangles compass and scale rule.   And thats fine for my personal work, but there may be a day, sooner rather than later, where I need to send something out of house and most places are going to look at my hand drawings and ask, “Where are the DWG files, our CNC doesn’t know how to read ‘this’…” as they hold up my draft betweed fingertips as if they were holding a soiled diaper or something.

I know, there are learning curves ahead of me.  I have pretty much taught myself most of what I know, with the occasional mentor, instructor, hobknob, whatnot.   I know when I am in over my head and how to look for flotation devices, but to be honest, I get the impression, the programs I am working with, so far, were written by programmers discussing what the architect/designers needed, with a lawyer as translator.   There is definitely a disconnect between the drafting I understand, and what the programs do.

back at it.   I just stopped in to say that.


2 responses

  1. Spud

    Yeah , I’ve got AutoCAD #1 on an old Dell. Like you tho, I learned with hand drafting tools and can do it much faster than with the desk top. I even have the training manuals with it. Probably lika a thousand pages worth !
    Still fun to play around with

    March 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    • Its interesting, for certain. Still mucking things up, but at least now, I can draw things out in a way that the new guys can understand. Kinda. It is cool being able to layer images for multiple parts. Makes things simpler when designing if you can fudge the tolerances in electrons before you go trying to force fit things that should slide.🤔

      March 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

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