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Caleb Kraft
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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
Caleb Kraft   1/9/2014 12:07:59 PM
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good point about KiCad, an obvious oversight on my part.

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ChrisGammell_CE   1/9/2014 12:05:28 PM
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Also to clarify a little bit, KiCad is completely open source. So while you are correct that the license is "included", it is available for anyone even if they don't take the class.

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ChrisGammell_CE   1/9/2014 12:03:51 PM
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I am too, but for obvious reasons! Thanks for writing about it!

I think a key sector that a lot of EETimes readers might consider is training new hires. There really aren't lots of corporate budgets for training these days, but CE is affordable and should cover a practical skill that many engineers need to learn to operate on the job. What's more, most companies can't take the risk of letting a junior engineer potentially screw up a product for the sake of learning...this course allows them to mess up on their own time! ;-)

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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
Caleb Kraft   1/9/2014 9:58:17 AM
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Thanks for the quick review! This class does seem to be perfect for many people. I'm pretty excited about the potential here.

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The hands-on experience is invaluable
jensoft1   1/8/2014 10:20:45 PM
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I worked my way through the class as a beta-tester. I started with no EDA experience and at this point have had one small 2-sided board produced (at OSHpark) which worked perfectly and am in the beginning process of a more complex one.

I picked up many tips I know I wouldn't have learned had I simply attacked it on my own -- regardless the resources on YouTube and the Internet -- learning from an EE professional is invaluable!

I'm waiting impatiently for the next session of the class.

Highly recommended!

 

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