Design Visualization That Saved The Day
By Aaron Anderson
My wife and I have used a patch of space on the south side of our home to grow leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes, carrots, squash and other crops over the years. Our son also helps decide which seasonal vegetables he would like to grow, because giving him the choice significantly raises the probability that he will eat them once they are ready to harvest. It also ensures he is more engaged with the process when he has a say in the process — go figure.
For several years now, my wife has been insisting we step up our raised garden bed game. But there are only so many items on the honey-do list that ol’ hubby can get to at one time. And for anyone who can relate to having a demanding work life and multiple projects going simultaneously around the home understands where I am coming from. Even our seven year old will remind me occasionally, “happy wife, happy life”.
When tackling any new project around the house, laying out the plan and the vision is a must to ensure everyone is pleased with the final product. Yes, things inevitably change through the development phase, but having a solid foundation of what the outcome will be saves so much headache and costs down the line.
Now my wife is an artist and a gardening phenom; and I, an engineer. So when it comes to any project in the garden, the interactions between us are always interesting and challenging in reaching an agreeable vision. We typically have a different perspective on what is realistic, what is functional, and what looks good — such is all human interaction.
Historically speaking, I resort to the old graph paper, mechanical pencil, ruler and compass. Semi-meticulous in drawing up the design and in putting together the bill of material for the project, the goal is to reach an approval from the boss. My wife prefers to jump in and figure it all out as I go. And while a part of me understands where she is coming from, I am also reminded of Dwight Eisenhower’s statement that “plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”. ‘Haste makes waste’, is another favorite that was drilled into me during my days in the Special Forces.
A high quality design review is at the heart of any good operation. Whether building a raised bed for the family, creating a new innovative product that customers will love, or even preparing for a military operation. Reviewing the design in a way that everyone on the team clearly understands the expected outcomes is always beneficial. It alleviates those extra trips to the home improvement store, pesky and costly product revisions, and can save people’s lives. And what better way than to envision the end state before we even get started? Vusar’s design visualization app enabled my wife, son and I to all be on the same page before I committed to the build. And that has made for a happy life.
Below is a brief description of how I completed this task.
Step 1 Built the CAD model to spec in both Solidworks and Sketchup.
I decided to first test in Sketchup; but because they charge to export the design to a file type that supports surface texture information, I decided to go with Solidworks since I already have a license with them.
All I had to do was drag and drop my exported design file into Vusar’s web dashboard. I was then able to render the design at scale in augmented reality on my mobile devices.
Step 3 Used my mobile devices (iPhone 11 and iPad Pro) to place the design in the environment where the end product would exist.
Step 4 Family approval reached and I was able to avoid production delays and extra trips to the home improvement store. Making completion right on time for Mother’s Day. Extra Step, to double check the design versus the final outcome: Not bad.
Aaron is the CEO at Vusar. His career spans diverse backgrounds in the military, defense, engineering, capital markets, technology and entrepreneurship.