Book of the Week: Workflow: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process

By on January 2nd, 2024 in book

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Workflow: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process [Source: Amazon]

3D printer operators tend to be creative types. That’s the purpose of the device, to create new things. Once an operator learns how to design their own objects in CAD tools, literally anything might come off the 3D printer afterwards.

But what should be made? That is the creative process, a “workflow” that begins with a thought and eventually ends up as a usable 3D design.

Creativity might seem like a natural thing, and it is for some people. However, for most people being truly creative is a challenge and sometimes requires a bit of a kick start to get going.

That’s what this book is about: how to create a precise workflow that encourages creativity and helps generate better ideas for design. The end goal of a design is to have a functional and suitably attractive product or part, but how does one go about doing that?

The book envisions five key elements to the creative process:

  • Capturing knowledge
  • Developing a concept
  • Solidifying the vision
  • Refining the product
  • Managing the workflow

Each of these elements are discussed in some detail, with the author providing multiple techniques for each. The sections are also quite amusing, and include sections such as:

  • “Daydream mode”
  • “Juice up the mundane”
  • “Is the left brain evil?”

For those having difficulty being creative, this is definitely the book for you. Even for those that consider themselves creative, I believe there are several tips and tricks that will enhance your abilities.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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