I am disabled, trying to claim SSDI benefits while keeping from going stir crazy. By the time I get my benefits and medical coverage restored, I will still need at least a year or 2 before I can contemplate work or school.
I try to read topics that may help, but my computer skills (networking) are getting rusty and my plan to move to programming didn't work out because I was not able to get the work done to learn.
I have some products I would like to design, that I know how to design in my head, but I need to draft them properly so that I can use the drawings for proposals.
Some of the simple things I want to start with are speaker cabinets and maybe some guitar drawings for practice.
I also have some designs for LED bike light modules and other small products for cycling and music (guitar centric).
I have drafted a few schematics, and doing things on my own from scratch take so much time, that I think if I had a book with tutorials...if it is all online, my disabilities keep me from being able to sit at the display for more than an hour if that. I figure if I read quite a bit in between the actual sessions using the software, I think I can get it much better than now.
I am getting it, it just takes so long, so I am hoping for a book designed to teach, and with sample projects that it walks the student through. It can be industry specific, as long as it Ir detailed enough to really teach me drafting conventions.
Maybe there are basic CAD classes to teach conventions that have evolved since the days of moving to PC centric design drafting?
Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated. I might even consider design partners, because I really do have some cool design ideas for guitars, bike parts, bike light modules and more. I will go as far as share half of the patent ownership, but at least the right to license it for yourself, but not excluding me.
PS - I am not delusional, I get good feedback from my verbal decriptions of the product ideas. At the very least, it would be a lot of fun drafting some bikes that Lance Armstrong would be jealous about.