Design process of a new project
At the beginning of a new project there is always the idea. Mostly it comes completely unexpected. Then after an extended period of time, the idea is "ready", or I combine it with other ideas until I like it. Then I start with the design process. At this stage, I have usually already drawn a few sketches, which I use to design the mechanism at the computer. This is where I have to solve the first problems, so that design and function are in harmony. The results from this are the drawings of the individual parts, which I then cut, or since I have Solidis, mill in my small shop. After the assembling of these parts, I get normally, the first functioning prototype. Often I need to change some parts again, make them stronger, or correct errors. But sometimes it also happens that I have to build a completely new prototype because the changes are too extensive. This is then repeated, until I'm satisfied with the result. Then I complete the plans by writing a manual and improving the quality of the drawings, for a better understanding. Finally I cut the movie from several video snippets that I filmed during the prototype construction. The last step of this long journey, from the idea to the finished plans, is the publication. Most of my projects I build only once, because the construction and designing is what make me the most fun.