MAKING AND ME
Since 1997 I have been in the business of making. I started working for a small local gift-ware company where is was normal to wear many hats. In the beginning, my focus was working with clients on corporate custom gifts flowing as closely as possible to their requirements but within the possibilities of the manufacturing process. I happen to join the company at, what you might say was, the perfect time. The decision was just being made to take the leap into digital manufacturing... we were about to enter the world of CNC. Marrying this new technology with old school mold making and finishing processes was an amazing experience.
In 2008 I left that to start my own company building CNC ready models for the sign making and jewelry industry called "4m3D digital models for CNC". Taking this leap tested my ability to work closely with customers that knew what they need from a model to fit into their manufacturing workflow. During this time I worked with all sorts of businesses in many different industries that had CNC machines in their shops. A few of my customers need tutoring help with their in-house modeling software and I had an opportunity to pass on some of my modeling and manufacturing knowledge.
Sometime around 2012 I had an idea to start a "spear time" business called CNCminiProjects. It grew very slowly but ended up creeping into my work week and taking time away from 4m3D. Lucky for me, Vectric (the makers of Aspire, Vcarve Pro and other CNC software) noticed what I was doing and wanted to chat. Needless to say, CNCminiProjects is now called Design and Make (a Vectric company) and I work full time for them.
TBmakes.com is my place to take a lot of what I learned in the past and turn it into a hobby. A place to share projects, builds and my experience making things I want to... and along the way hope to inspire others to make!