Architecture Engineering & ConstructionOctober 9, 2020

Modernizing modeling for skilled craftspeople

Like many skilled craftspeople in the construction industry, Michael Cunningham, carpenter and…
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

Like many skilled craftspeople in the construction industry, Michael Cunningham, carpenter and owner of Eyebrow Window Dormer Supply (EWDS), designed his products on paper. Each custom eyebrow window dormer – a beautiful arching roof structure designed to break up a straight roofline on a house – was the result of many manual measurements, calculations and 2D drawings to get the final product right. Understandably, this was a time-intensive process, which took even longer if the roof pitch wasn’t quite right and everything needed to be redone.

Fast forward to today and EWDS’s design approach has transformed radically for the better. A brief discussion on a construction site with building delivery consultant James Kotronis encouraged Cunningham to try out the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on Cloud for all the 3D virtual modeling and calculations of his custom dormers.

“Within about five minutes he did a 3D model of a shape that would have taken me hours to draw out, using swinging tapes as a compass to find my points of tangency and to create an arch,” Cunningham recalled. “I thought it’d be great if we could make this into a tool.”

Impressed by the potential of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Cunningham and Kotronis have used the technology to underpin a new web app and company called BOXXCRAFT. The BOXXCRAFT app not only powers the design process at EWDS but aims to help other craftspeople in the industry modernize and scale their businesses.

Want to discover more about how BOXXCRAFT is bringing sophisticated design tools to smaller-scale businesses and empowering them to grow using the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on Cloud? Watch the videos below or read the detailed case study.

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