These days, we tend to rely more than ever on specialized tools to solve our specific problems. But the reality is that problem solving can be a very creative process if we pause to:
- identify the problem.
- consider current the tools at hand.
- apply thoughtful (and safe) adaptation.
In doing so, we are not only making better use of our current resources, but we are also excercising our creative abilities for when solving other issues.
The video below is a simple (and safe) example of that adaptation of a simple tool/machine (in this instance, by cutting in an axis different to what’s intended):
Over 20 years ago, a similar (problem solving) mindset was applied when adapting SolidWorks® for our curved stair building projects.
Stair design courtesy of Eric Chase Architecture
Okay okay, so perhaps Solidworks® was never initially intended for stairs, but after carefully evaluating its qualities, it quickly demonstrated what a truly outstanding 3-dimensional layout tool it was and is. And whilst back then it was used primarily for 3D geometry, it’s now routinely used for flattening complex geometries, for 5-axis CNC, part lists, material analysis, costing and many other forms of exported data. It was a good choice then and it is now.
Our toolbox is much more comprehensive because we take the time to work smarter.
Shoreline Parametrics using Solidworks®
We’ve come a long way.