I want my son to be able to start the right way so he doesn't get discouraged immediately. I'm a complete neophyte myself. What is/are the best tutorial/tutorials for getting started? Is there one preeminent video tutorial series?
There seem to be multiple video tutorials and I have no way of judging their quality.
I read the discussion. Thank you again. Is Revit for architecture only?
My son's preferred direction (he doesn't yet know I'm pursuing this resource for him) is Mechanical. It's great AutoDesk has the educational program for him, but I'm not looking to do this on the cheap. If I spend the $$$ I just want those with the knowledge and experience I lack to recommend a direction in which I don't spend funds on anything other than what's known to be high quality.
My assumption is that video would be easier to digest for my son. He's never drafted, never tried lesser CAD, but is self-driven to draw mechanical elevations.
I see there's CADLearning as well as Infinite Skills. You cite that you've not used these resources yourself, but is either known by reputation to be better for an AutoCAD and mech/tech drawing beginner?
As far as the books go, the same question: Is Dummies or "No Experience" known to be better geared toward the true beginner?
I have read 'No Experience Required', but, not the 'For Dummies' title, though I know the author to be an exceptional tutorial writer for the programming titles and classes we've worked on together. They will both be good for beginners.
Now 'No Experience Required' is probably more architectural in flavor, so you could always find something more mechanically geared (I believe 'applying autocad' is, but, I like the other titles I mentioned better, even if they show more houses than mechanical parts).
If you're looking for mechanical as in manufacturing, you'll want Inventor or even Solidworks. For mechanical as in HVAC/R, you'll want Revit MEP.
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