Welcome to the DiFi3D blog! I'd like to use this first post as an introduction to Difi, why I do what I do, and to layout what type of content will be included in this blog.
What's with the name?
So what does DiFi stand for? DiFi is short for Dimensional Fidelity. The typical questions I get when I tell people my business name are either, "What does that mean?", or "How did you come up with that?". The honest answer to the latter question is: I stole it. As a former product development engineer at a large manufacturer in the Texas Hill Country I was the go-to for keeping up with and sourcing innovative 3D printing technologies. When evaluating sample prints of our parts from various vendors one of my colleagues urged me to always look for "dimensional fidelity" in the prints. In other words - is the print faithful to the design intent and is it dimensionally accurate versus the CAD file. I've always been fond of that term, and when I set out to build my own business I thought it a fitting name for not only what I do - CAD development and accurately copying CAD through 3D printing technology - but how I go about running my business - the word "fidelity" implies my strict and continuing faithfulness to my customers, my colleagues, and to my calling to develop this business to be the ultimate guide through the CAD, 3D printing, and product development landscape.
I started this business in 2012 as a side gig because I simply want to help people take their ideas and make them tangible. The fact that you can take something from a dream in your head to holding a physical representation of that dream within a few days is amazing. This is the message I want to spread about the power of 3D technology: it allows you to get to a point where you are literally holding your vision in your hands. That is the "why" behind this business. I get to physically hand my customers their vision.
The DiFi Blog
2016 will be an exciting year as Difi is no longer a side gig. I left my day job at the end of 2015 to devote myself full-time to the development of this business and I am stoked to be here. I'll be blogging as part of my business development but this blog is ultimately about helping my readers, providing them valuable information, and answering their questions related to CAD, 3D Printing, and product development. I'll be posting weekly and most posts will fall into these categories:
- How-to Guides related to CAD and 3D printing
- News and case studies
- News and check-ins from the occasional conference/event
- Entrepreneurship and small-business development related to my industry
- The occasional product review
- Lastly, this year a few partners and I will be developing our own product and I am excited to walk through the product development process with my readers with regular check-ins regarding our process.
I'm super excited about the opportunity to provide my readers with consistent, high-quality content for years to come.
Stay tuned next week as I'll be checking in from Solidworks World 2016 in Dallas, TX to report on what I see that is new and exciting in my field and recapping some of the messages from the keynote speakers.