Design Creations is a jack of all trades and master of a few.
Don't want to say none, because we do have some nifty tricks up our sleeve.
I had a major "life event" recently that made me rethink DC. Rather than trying to focus on a retail store model, I am going to gear DC more towards tools, techniques, coping mechanisms for people with PTSD, Mental Handicaps and other traumas.
I am a US Army Veteran of the first Gulf War era and due to some unfortunate events, I came away with some serious PTSD. It has been a struggle the past 30 years, but thanks to my amazing and loving wife Nicole, I was able to learn several techniques and methods while interacting with VA doctors to help cope with my, uhm, episodes. Techniques like Mindfulness, redirection, focusing my anxiety and stresses into positive ways. For instance, technology, tinkering with PC's and software. 3D Modeling, 3D printing and most recently painting those 3D prints.
Also, while doing those things on a stream like Twtich, YouTube, or Facebook allows me to share the experience and interact with other folks in a safe way protected by the expanse of the 'Net. Of course, that is not perfect protection; but it is easier to block/ignore someone online than it is to walk away from a physical face to face situation. I can get feedback on my techniques, new ideas of things to print or create, share my joys and "ooopsies" with my viewers and hopefully spread the practice on to others who are looking for a way to "cope" other than drink, smoke, drug or other even "Noble" activities like putting yourself in harm's way protecting others as a first responder or taking those "serious" missions if on active duty and just hoping the chips fall where they may. Fortunately when I was a first responder/firefighter and doing that same "thing" I had some AMAZING Chiefs and Lieutenants that guided me, watched out for me and all the while with not quite realizing what they were doing for me (THANKS Bill Gardner, Jim Karnes, Stuart Heater, Robert Hogue, Eddie Bailey, and if I didn't mention you, I certainly haven't forgotten you. There is just so many of you great folks in Leander!)
I want to be able to share these coping mechanisms with other Vets, and non Vets, and even be in a position where if someone is struggling financially or just doesn't have the spare "scratch" because they, like most of us, are living check to check and taking care of families; being able to send them a 3D model, be it something fresh, or an extra or even an oopsie print that they can experiment with and build up a collection of tools, paints, etc. All for say, the cost of postage.
So, in the coming days, weeks as we move into our new place, get all our tools and goodies situated we will be tailoring our interactions to further help those folks in need.
Stay Safe, Watch Your Six, Look Both Ways, etc!
I started in 3D design back in 2003/2004 with GMax and Flight Simulator 2004. After MANY months of frustration, trial and error I finally got the hang of the program and began creating simple objects. I moved on to AutoDesk 3DS Max with its more advanced feature set and just continued from there.
While being bored and playing around with Nikki's PS4, I wandered on to Twitch. I always heard about it but had never been to the site. My first follow was of a fellow in the UK who was building and painting model tanks. Right on, I could get into watching that. My next follow was of another mini-painter who was sooo entertaining and willing to share tips and tricks that finally got me into the hobby too!
In 2020, the year of "covid", we had a windfall come our way and we dusted off Design Creations, converted our garage into a Workshop/Den, bought some tools, a GlowForge, a 3D Printer and a small CNC machine and just went to town!
I was introduced to my first computer in the beginning of the 80's, a honking big and "powerfull" IBM 8086. On this beast I toiled away the hours playing a text based space game called "Starfleet 1: The War Begins." Yes it was a cheesy play on Star Trek, was mostly Text Based with some ASCII characters arranged to create some simple "graphical" components. Hey, I was young, impressionable and it was a computer!!!!
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