SketchUp for Carpenters

Summary

I would love to teach SketchUp to carpenters in Egypt to use it for designing furniture.

Description

Dream

My dream is to start teaching a select grope of carpenters in Egypt how to use the Google SketchUp software program in drawing 3D models of the pieces of furniture they are making. Besides teaching SketchUp to experienced carpenters, it can also be taught at occupation schools where students are studying carpentry.

Service

An alternative to teaching carpenters would be establishing an intermediary entity that would assist the carpenter in putting his designs in 3D using SketchUp. The program can be used both to come up with new designs or draw old designs but which have new dimensions (measurements) and to make 3D models of existing carpentry pieces. The latter can assist in marketing as well as in visualizing how furniture pieces world fit inside a room.

Spreading

Perhaps introducing such project in Domyetta would be suitable as it is popular for its fortunate industry. Some places in Cairo also are centers for selling furniture and making it. The project can be introduced thee as well. The project can be introduced by opening a small office in the middle of such area. That office would provide carpenters with services such as creating 3D models of furniture pieces they are gong to make or have already made. Such office would charge a fee for creating those 3D models. This might lead to new similar offices opening up thus spreading the idea and practice of 3D modeling of furniture in Egypt. The day might come when a government initiative would be started calling for and facilitating “A computer for every carpenter” in Egypt. Such computers might have to be ragged computers to withstand the harsh environment of a carpentry factory.

Website

A web site can be created to display such 3D designs that such offices create. In addition, real photos of actual completed pieces can also be displayed on the web site. (The site may also have some sort of integration with the 3D Warehouse created by Google.) People may then visit the web site to search and view the woodwork designs both the 3D models as well as the actual real pieces. Site visitors may then order specific pieces of furniture online or at least may know the name and contact information (phone and address) of the carpenter that made the design and created the piece of furniture. They can then call or go to the carpenter who created the design they are interested in and order the piece of furniture they want.

Market

This project with its display component can be very good for those who are about to get married and are shopping for new furniture for their homes. Ads in the newspapers (and in Al Waseet) can be created promoting the web site and targeting couples who are about to get married. The site should be promoted as a high profile one to attract the class of people who buy expensive furniture. It should compete with imported furniture and try to promote buying Egyptian made furniture.

In addition to targeting the local market and focusing on about-to-get-married couples, the project may also aim at promoting the made in Egypt brand outside Egypt. The web site can act as a window to the quality and diversity of furniture designs in Egypt. This can open up export opportunities for our furniture to Arab Gulf countries as well as elsewhere in other countries countries of the world.


Website

The web site should thus be bilingual in both Arabic and in English. The Arabic would allow a large number of prospective buyers from Egypt to visit the site and access its content. The Arabic may also make the web site somewhat more accessible to some of the carpenters in Egypt. As for English, it would make the site accessible to possible buyers or importers from other countries of the world.

Deaf

A special part of the project can be directed towards teaching the deaf how to use SketchUp. They can then work at the intermediary offices that make the 3D design of furniture or they can use this knowledge to assist them in their carpentry career.

Implementation

Obstacles

  • Promoting the idea among carpenters in Egypt.

First Step

  • Show a carpenter how to use SketchUp.

Progress

  • Delivered two SketchUp training sessions to two employees at Resala one of whom is responsible for activities of the deaf.
  • Employee responsible for the deaf at Resala delivered a training session in SketchUp to 5 deaf people at Resala.
  • I informed a deaf person at Resala about SketchUp and provided him with the URL from where he can download it.
  • Installed SketchUp on a used computer we donated to a carpenter and showed him the program.
  • Made a deal with a friend of mine to deliver to him a paid SketchUp training course.
  • Delivering paid SketchUp training. to a friend.
  • Started teaching SketchUp to the deaf at Resala.