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João Santos

João Santos is the manager and main instructor at QualiCAD (www.qualicad.com), one of the most important Portuguese ATCs (Autodesk Authorized Training Center), based in Lisbon. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has been teaching AutoCAD for more than 25 years and, most recently teaching several AutoCAD clones such as DraftSight, ZW CAD, ProgeCAD, BitCAD. He is an AutoCAD 2013 and 3ds Max 2013 Certified professional user and instructor, being also the Portuguese instructor in these technologies with more students. João is the author and co-author of more than 40 Portuguese AutoCAD and 3ds Max books. He is also the author of Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Practical 3D Drafting and Design, Packt Publishing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult program to learn, and this is the best guide I could find. 22 July 2015
By Christopher T. Dahle - Published on Amazon.com
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DraftSight is probably easy for people with a background in engineering, drafting, architecture or any other design field where CAD is taught as part of a degree or certificate program. Unfortunately, my background is as a hobbyist who wants to figure out how to accurately make stuff with a CNC machine, a 3d printer, or a laser cutter, stuff like buildings for model railroads, parts for model airplanes and that sort of thing. Besides, I recently took up a project where at least a basic understanding of all things CAD/CAE/CAM is going to be useful.

There are a whole bunch of different programs that each do different parts of the things I want to do, so I figure the thing is to just dive into one of the programs and learn how to use it. So, for better or worse, DraftSight is the program that I am going to have to learn...on my own.

I wish there was a bit more "Do this, then do this, then do this followed by that" in the first few chapters, but it beats the heck out of the instructional materials available from Dassault.

I am a long way from being through with this book, but so far I have been able to do everything explained in the first three chapters and I am beginning to understand how the program works and what it does.

CAD is not like word processing, you can't just start drawing crudely and then use the program to begin to do things faster and more accurately. There is a whole bunch of stuff that you have to know immediately to even make a simple line drawing. Anyway, I am going slow, and at the moment I am procrastinating by writing this review rather than working with the program.

Back to the salt mines...
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