Looking for a different way use his love of design, Patrick Myers set up his own shop and loves it!
Name of Business: Curve CNC
Years in Business: The plan is to be open this December.
What your business does: CURVE CNC is a startup service business focused on producing CNC router-cut materials for hire.
What led you to do this business? I have always worked in tactile, hands-on technical related professions: I left the academic world about 3 years ago and wanted to put my problem solving skills to practice. First in a small metal fabrication shop, then subcontracting for a local design/build general contractor. While I love learning new fabrication processes, the on-site work became less desirable for me physically. Ultimately, I prefer working in a shop/studio focused environment.
So, what exactly is a CNC router (Or Computer Numerical Control router)? Patrick uses a Wikipedia definition: CNC is a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand held router used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics, and foams. CNC routers can perform the tasks of many carpentry shop machines such as the panel saw, the spindle moulder, and the boring machine. They can also cut mortises and tenons.
Patrick Myers of Curve CNC Routing
What were you doing prior to what you are doing now? For the past 30 years there has been a common thread in all of my professional and academic endeavors: Design thinking with my hands. From bicycle mechanic to industrial design model/prototype fabricator to cabinet maker, design educator, metal fabricator, finish carpenter and freelance furniture maker. All of these positions have supported my lifelong pursuit of the “aha” moment that comes from working directly with materials and processes. I enjoy working at the intersection of analog and digital fabrication processes to bring concepts to completion.
What is working now? I’ve been planning this business at the beginning of 2018. What’s working has been keeping in touch with the program between terms. My efforts of working independently from the program and also have access to Jackie’s feedback, encouragement and expertise. The classes have helped me be able to dig in further on issues I had less experience with.
What is in the future of your business? I want to focus my growth plan on idea and product growth in terms of expanding my offerings of specialized services.
Patrick took The Business Design Class from Jackie this past spring. Currently he is the Encore/Solo Business Builders.