Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My First Designed and Cut Parts

Well, it finally happened, something I designed at work was finally implemented. There was an issue and I came up with the solution to fix it. I designed two rectangular plates.
Now, this is my first ground up design at work, although the Janzen Gear I-beam Ice Axe and the 0.8 Hangboard were somewhat more complicated than this. It's just funny how simple this particular design is. Usually we are dealing with multiple plates, welds, tolerance run out, wrench access, machining access, weight, cost, structural durability, and deadlines. Not to mention a different group of people concerned about each issue. I've worked on more complicated issues of course in the last three years, but this was the first design I modeled in CAD that is being implemented. This fix accounted for all the possible issues, just in a simple manner. 

As my coworker took the picture we were joking that this is what we went to school for, to design rectangular plates. All the loans, the difficult math, the high paying salaries, for rectangular plates. If you can't laugh at yourself, life is going to be a lot more depressing. My job is awesome!

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