What were you designed for?



In the building industry there are hundreds of thousands of products designed for specific uses. Some are highly engineered and others are quite simple but efficient. When a product is used for it’s designed purpose things go well and we live safe, warm and dry in our homes and venues that we visit or work in. But on the other hand sometimes a product is used for something it wasn’t intended for. The picture on the left was (is?) a nail. It is made of steel and is about 90mm x 4mm. Shot from a gas powered nail gun it is highly efficient for some aspects of carpentry. It was made in the last decade and now has very little value of what it was originally intended to do. What you see in the photo is not it’s original design!

The other building product that is shown is also made of steel. It is nearly 10 times thicker than the nail. It was hand made in the last century and was used to hold a train rail firmly onto a timber rail tie, which is then embedded into the ground. It performed it’s use very well for many decades and kept the train on the tracks! Both products were designed for a specific purpose and the man made steel bolt exceeded it’s potential. Whereas the factory made nail let the home-owner down. Why? Because the nail was never meant to be in contact with water. So it has rusted and ‘lost it’s grip’. It wasn’t designed for wet weather. The bolt, on ‘the other hand’ saw at least 70 rainy Aussie winters and 70 hot summers without a single train wreck. Why? Because it was being used for it’s intended design!

So how does this apply to your design? First your skin is water repellant! Woo Hoo! So any rust you might have is internal and usually from stress, not water! The heart of this blog is to get you to look at your marvellous design! What were you designed for? Are you exceeding your potential? I hope so!


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