Back to School Tech: Free tools from Autodesk #backtoschool
Autodesk has made their commercial software available for schools in the past, but it is often difficult to get students licenses so they can work from home. Since 2009 they have been releasing a series of “lite” design software apps and downloads that can act as an excellent suppliment for both in and out of classroom CAD work. Especially if your classroom is on a budget. Each one of the following tools is pretty cross-platform compatible, being offered as both web-apps, mobile-apps and downloads.
ForceEffect and ForceEffect Motion – Comprehensive free body diagram based design analysis
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.