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As I design in a perfect world cad scenario I am all too aware that the real world needs fitter forgiveness. Do you guys take this on board when creating products.

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getting your design r

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chappy75's Avatar

Hmmm... Totally confused. What is "Fitter Forgiveness"?

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Oh Michael, 

Yeah, that is a great point! 

So the Bay Glider is the first to implement the "Flat Top Cleat". The intended use of the cleat was to attach a rope to so the user would have an additional balance point. I have presented the Bay Glider more than 50 times. In the Beginning, the cleat had a lot of attention and I learned the many different ways people intended to use it. I said "Additional Balance point", another guy said "Perfect to tow behind my sail boat", another lady said, "I will carry it from there". My cousin Identified it as a "place to attach his Kite to". A buddy said "great for an anchor attachment". A beach vendor said, "...Security tie down point".

It made my head spin how many ways that the cleat would be used that I never even thought of. From that I learned that I needed to pay special attention to the design and strength of that feature and realize things need to designed to be used in a myriad of possible ways, not just how we  think they are going to be used.

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When I read Fitter forgiveness I think of designing a product that will work with more than one application. For instance ... If you're designing a clamp to hold a door you might need for the clamp to adjust to hold different thickness doors ... or if you're designing a jig for hanging cabinet doors it would need to adjust for different offsets etc. To me making something adjustable would depend on the percentage of products an invention could be used on with just one non-adjustable product. versus making it applicable for all products If I could serve 90% of all products with one no-adjustable design then I might go that route especially if designing the product to be adjustable adversely affects costs. 

If that's not what "Fitter Forgiveness" refers to please disregard my explanation!!! ... LOL

David
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Thank you!

Thats what a community is about! I will be adding that term into my presentation of i could find anywhere that refers to the term... New quest, Much appreciated.

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James- as a perfect example of what can happen due to the lowly boat cleat, I bear the scar of over 400 stitches on my arm due to catching it on a cleat jumping off a boat! I have been a big supporter of FlatTop and flush cleats ever since. Smart Choice!

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Interesting answers guys Archie hit the nail on the head I am at the minute only concentrating on products to improve productivity in my field of work . Maybe a little sad but it's my day job and a cannot stand work tasks being harder than they need to be.My aim is to create more simp solutions .

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