It has been a source of some frustration, trying to keep all of the balls in the air that one needs to when first starting out with CNC. Having got the machine set up, fettled and working and successfully creating a couple of small projects, the subject of design must crop up. I am reasonable happy that I can download and follow designs produced by other people and there is no great satisfaction in that process for me. So I thought that I would look at software and learning one of the many packages that will give me 3D parts and assemblies.
Having gone mad and downloaded several packages including Blender, Inkscape, Meshmixer, Wings 3D and Cheetah 3D, I finally think I can commit to FreeCAD. I have found a set of tutorial presentations that make sense to me and I am happy to refer people to the FreeCAD video presentations by JOKO Engineering. In all there are 107 tutorials and many of them include downloadable files from the web pages of GrabCAD.
With no great understanding of what I did not know and what I needed to know I have made a list of what appear to me to be the files required for a good start and a grounding in FreeCAD. I have set myself a 3 month target for becoming au fait, 6 months for becoming proficient and 12 months for becoming comfortable with the software. It may be helpful to document my progress in the forum pages for others considering a similar pathway.
The provided PDF download contains hyperlinks to the various tutorial video presentations in a roughly sensible order. You are welcome to look and try them out.