To exploit the benefits of innovation and creativity, one needs to acquire appropriate skills. You and/or your organization can be supported to becoming more innovative and creative through two main ways:
euCAD Training & Mentoring
euCAD SMEs Innovation Support
euCAD Training & Mentoring
As part of its objectives, the euCAD project has developed a training & mentoring framework to help newcomers to Computer Aided Design (CAD) to experience the exciting world of 2D and 3D CAD. If you think that CAD is difficult to learn, think again. Like all new challenges in life, with the appropriate knowledge and guidance, you can become proficient in CAD. As an example to demonstrate how even you can learn 3D CAD, please try the following simple yet exciting 5 minutes exercise to draw a 3D Vase. This exercise is based on AutoCAD Release 2007 – you would need to first download a free trial version of this CAD package to run the exercise.
The training material developed in euCAD has been transformed into e-Learning format. You can enrol at www.camis.pub.ro/eucad/moodle to freely register for these e-Learning courses.
Alternatively, you can download relevant CAD related courses from the links below:
Introduction to Collaborative Design
Introduction to 2D & 3D Modelling Using Autodesk Inventor
Introduction to 2D & 3D Modelling Using Solid Works
Introduction to 3D Animation Using 3DS Max
ECDL 3D training material
euCAD SME Mentoring Support
A number of relevant SMEs in the euCAD partner countries can contact their national euCAD representative to ask how they can avail themselves of the free SME Mentoring support service (during the euCAD project time-frame). Through this mentoring support, SMEs will be given appointments during which hands-on practical experience of how the euCAD framework can be used to help them acquire CAD skills will be provided. For further information, please contact your national euCAD partner.
euCAD SMEs Innovation Support
From the time people wake up in the morning, they make use of many man-made artefacts such as furniture, computers, software, phones, TVs, washing machines, houses, cars, MP3 players, trains, clocks, pens, sunglasses, toothbrushes, cookers, clothes, shoes, jewellery etc. Did you ever realize that these artefacts and many other, before they are physically produced, they have to be first conceived and designed. Someone or where appropriate, a team of people have to first create them. In addition, to compete with other similar products, adding innovative features to an artifact will give it a differentiating factor.
Indeed, companies and in particular SMEs that can be innovative by designing new solutions/products and processes can outperform their competitors. As a matter of fact, there are various studies such as that by the UK Design Council that clearly link the good design to business and economic performance – these studies clearly show the positive impact of design on practically every measure of business performance, including market share, growth, productivity, share price and competitiveness.
As argued by the EU Commission :
“Innovation is now widely understood to be the driving force in economic growth. It is new products and services, and new methods for making or delivering them which add value to our economy, and enable us to improve standards of living. SMEs are responsible for much of the innovation which leads to new higher value products and services (even if ultimately larger firms may take on production and mass marketing of such innovations), and so the European Commission seeks to promote innovation to SMEs across Europe.”
Innovation and creativity are thus so important for the EU that the EU Commission dedicated 2009 as the Year of Creativity & Innovation. In line with this objective, euCAD will run a number of dissemination events in various partner countries to precisely highlight the benefits of using CAD for amplifying creativity and innovation. Of relevance to this is also euCAD’s snippet included in the April 2009 issue of EU Parliament magazine as part of the EU SME week in 2009.
To learn more how euCAD and its partners can support you in improving your innovation & creativity potential, please browse these euCAD web page and feel to contact us.
CAD Support Services
Beyond the project’s remit, there are a number of ways of how MECB can support your organization in its Computer Aided Design (CAD) needs, including:
For further information on the CAD services please feel free to contact us via the Contact page.
Records New CAD Courses for C&I New CAD courses for Creativity and Innovation are starting on 22nd of March 2012. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SMEs seminar on Autodesk Inventor UPB is proud to invite prospective stakeholders to an SMEs seminar that is scheduled for 16th of January 2012. There is a limited number of guests. Please confirm your participantion at email@example.com
euCAD courses The euCAD courses on Creativity and Innovation through Computer Aided Design are scheduled to start around 10th of April 2011. If you want to participate, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
euCAD SMEs mentoring service The euCAD consortium has mentored collectively around 20 SMEs in Romania, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Estonia. If you would like your SME to be mentored, please contact us at email@example.com.
euCAD visit to Porto Chamber of Commerce During the last project meeting, the consortium has been given a presentation at the premises of Porto Chamber of Commerce (23rd of September 2010).
euCad Last Consortium meeting The euCAD 6th consortium meeting took place in Porto, Portugal, hosted by Inovafor Lda on the 23rd-25th of September 2010.
SMEs On-site mentoring service The euCAD partners will start the SMEs on-site mentoring service shortly. Further details will be posted on the project website in due time.If your organisation would like to be mentored (in one of the countries of the consortium RO, MT, PT, LT, UK and EE) please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
euCAD seminar Bistrita Nasaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry together with University Politehnica of Bucharest is organising a free seminar entitled "Creativity and Innovation through CAD" on the 27th of March 2010. Venue: premises of Bistrita Nasaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Registration is free and can be done by sending an email to acata1@camis,pub.ro. Any other querries can be redirected to the same email address.
euCAD visit to Estonian Chamber of Commerce The Estonian partner of the euCAD consortium had organised a free seminar in cooperation with the Estonia Chamber of COmmerce and Industry (ECC) at their premises on the 7th of May 2010. All partners had participated to this event.
euCAD 5th consortium meeting The euCAD 5th consortium meeting took place in Tallinn, Estonia, at the premises of Usesoft AS on the 6th-8th of May 2010.
Romanian section of the euCAD forum A Romanian section of the euCAD forum is now available to our target audience. If you would like to benefit from our CAD/CAM, creativity and innovation discussions, please go to euCAD forum.
euCAD workshop University Politehnica of Bucharest is organising a free seminar entitled "Creativity and Innovation through CAD" on the 11th of March 2010.
Venue: "Mihai Eminescu" Vocational College, Slobozia, Ialomita
Registration is free and can be done by sending an email to acata1@camis,pub.ro.
euCAD seminar University Politehnica of Bucharest is organising a free seminar entitled "Creativity and Innovation through CAD" on the 11th of March 2010.
Venue: Faculty of IMST, Splaiul Independentei 313, Bucharest.
Registration is free and can be done by sending an email to email@example.com.
euCAD visited UK Design Council The euCAD consortium has visited the UK Design Council on the 18th of December 2009.
Fourth consortium meeting The euCAD project fourth consortium meeting took place in London, United Kingdom on 17th-19th of December 2009. Host: Product First ltd.
euCAD Newsletter 2 The euCAD newsletter is available here.
euCAD Newsletter 1 The euCAD newsletter is now available at here
euCAD mirror sites We are pleased to announce that mirror sites for the euCAD project are now available here (designed and implemented by the Maltese partner MECB) and here (designed and implemented by the Lithuanian parner ITI).
euCAD - present in The Parliament Magazine euCAD project is present in The Parliament Magazine, in the special 27th of April issue (no.287) that is focused on the SMEs week in Europe. The online version can be found here.
2009- European Year of Creativity & Innovation This year is the European Year of Creativity and Innovation.
The European Year of Creativity and Innovation - 2009 aims to raise awareness of the importance of creativity and innovation for personal, social and economic development. For more information please visit this link.
Design as a driver of user-centred innovation "Design as a driver of user-centred innovation" published in the "Enterprise & Industry - e-Newsletter - 24/04/2009" available in the link.
euCAD on ADAM portal The euCAD project is now present in the ADAM portal, the official Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency - EACEA portal to Leonardo da Vinci projects. Information on euCAD is available here.
First consortium meeting The first consortium meeting was held in Kaunas, Lithuania, 18th of December-20th of December 2008. Host: Information Technology Institute.
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