David M. MacMillan
NOTE: This tutorial is not finished. Unfinished sections are marked with an asterisk ("*").
This is a tutorial on using the Varkon ® parametric modeling and CAD application development system.
Varkon was developed, and is owned and marketed, by Microform AB in Sweden. The Linux version is available under license at no cost. Varkon also runs on other platforms; please consult Microform AB for further information.
This tutorial was developed by an individual user of Varkon who has no connection to Microform AB. This tutorial is neither a product of nor endorsed by Microform AB.
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My purpose in writing this tutorial is to encourage the use of my favorite computing platform, Linux, for Computer Aided Design (CAD), modeling, and drafting work. (Information on Linux is available from a variety of sources, including Linux Online (www.linux.org)). Varkon is a powerful tool for these purposes, but it requires a mindset different from that of conventional CAD and modeling programs. It can therefore be difficult for the beginner. This tutorial is aimed at the beginner; it neither covers Varkon comprehensively nor deals in any depth with Varkon's more advanced capabilities.
Of course it must be admitted that behind this altruism is simply my own effort to learn Varkon. I'm a beginner here, not an expert. While learning to use Varkon, I realized that the notes I had to keep were not really all that different from a tutorial. It took very little additional effort to transform them into one. I guess the point here would be that this tutorial is not only for beginners, but is written by a beginner. The methods I outline here for doing things aren't necessarily the right ones or the best ones - they're simply the methods that worked for me.
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