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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


CAD - the abbreviation for 'Cet a Dire' in french, or ' meaning to say' has a totally different meaning in English - Computer Aided Design... Today the girls are starting to learn CAD. Most people struggle at times with the drawings - and what better way to understand the concept of engineering drawing than to do it yourself. Of course, we have had to start with René Descarte, explore why Arabic numbers were basically banned in the Christian world before 999AD (the zero was considered demonic), pace around the apron in relative and absolute co-ordinates and then discover the excitement of a drawing coming to life on the computer screen.... How can this change lives one flight at a time? These young ladies will be in the 1% or less of the population who can read, draw, interpret and produce engineering parts (and write G code by the time we have finished) - and understand exactly what it is all about - that will provide part of the strong foundation necessary to make it sustainable... yes, it takes longer, and in the short term is probably more expensive, but this is the path of sustainability... X20 Y12 will never be the same again!

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