A little while ago my daughter asked me to help her make a very specific kind of toothbrush case – a pink one with a bulbous end and a handle. She and I worked together on the design until we arrived at something that was acceptable to my patron as well as possible in a mere 3 dimensions.
She was very happy with the final result. I was actually a little disappointed that they turned out so well with the first print. When printing things with my daughter, I like having a version that is sub-optimal in some way that we wouldn’t have realized before holding a printed version of our digital designs. Having an initially defective result gives her1 a way to look at an object and start thinking about how it could be improved. In retrospect, I should have added a small hole to each end to allow for drainage. 2
Then again, there’s also something to be said for thoughtful design and careful planning culminating in a successful initial result. It may not surprise me that she parlayed this success into her next request – a way to make her flip-top toothpaste tube easier to open.
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