Design and Process


I love cool design. I love cool manufacturing processes too. It’s fun to do cool design for cool processes. But sometimes the whole system goes wrong. You’ve got to be careful, even when you’re cool. Or maybe especially when you’re cool.

Kim works downtown, and sometimes I go see her for lunch. I swear these thoughts are related. There is a cool Cuban restaurant downtown that we’ve been to a couple of times. I like it there. It has big windows, and they play salsa music too loud, and its right on the street level, so the people watching opportunities are pretty much endless.

The other day at the Cuban restaurant, I noticed that someone did some cool design on their chair backs. Then I noticed that they also used used a laser to cut the cool patterns out of the chair backs, with all those sharp inside corners you can only do with lasers. Some lightning bolt through a fruit with a leaf or something. This design is cool, but it doesn’t have anything to do with this particular Cuban restaurant. That’s when I noticed that about half of the chair backs were missing some pieces. Yes, the patterns were cool, but they didn’t pass the reality test. If you look closely, you notice that there are a couple of long spiky pieces that are only held on by two very small pieces of material. All it takes is one purse strap or a belt loop to get snagged, and (beyond a potentially embarrassing situation), you’re going to have a chair missing half a lightning bolt, and possibly a horrible injury. The fact that some pieces were missing meant that someone somewhere was already aware of the problem. The edges of the broken off pieces were ground smooth, and painted. Read more on Design and Process…

Solid Edge used to combine art and engineering at Utah State

I haven’t done this before, but I thought that this article needed to be put out there for the Solid Edge community too. It has been published on CADdigest, and also on Dezignstuff, but OnTheEdge readers should see this too.


According to, engineering is defined in part as:

“to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance”. Read more on Solid Edge used to combine art and engineering at Utah State…

Design Contest for Edison 2

I wrote a few weeks ago about my visit to Edison 2, the producers of the car that won the Automotive X prize for a vehicle that got over 100 miles per gallon. Edison 2 is redesigning the car used for the race to be something more in line with mass production standards for cars. One of the small tasks they need to do to accomplish that is to redesign the entry method. I imagine that the way the door is hinged is fixed, but they need a handle mechanism. Edison 2 is running this competition through Local Motors.

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