MAKING TROUBLE

BY SAUL GRIFFITH

Mad for 3D CAD

I love the third dimension. I’m glad I’m not flat. I love figuring out how to pack the most luggage into the smallest trunk, and I love optimizing the stacking of the dishwasher to fit the most plates and glasses. It should come as no surprise to you that I love — nay, I’m addicted to — 3D CAD programs.

My current large-scale project is to design and build the things I need to make my lifestyle as low in energy use as possible, while improving or retaining my quality of life.

Yes, I’m doing it for environmental reasons: we are heading toward disastrous climate change, and we need to make huge changes to the way we live. More than half the problem is figuring out how to live well with less energy. ...

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