Through the years Lowe Hardware has moved from drafting using pencil and paper to complete computer aided design capabilities. The initial thoughts still start on paper, but ideas are quickly transferred to the computer where they are turned into 3D solid models. These models are then sent to clients for approval and input. We believe in collaborative design sharing and prototyping capabilities with designers, architects, and customers to ensure the end products meet the aesthetic and functional goals of the project.
Our principle CAD drafting program is Solidworks, which allows us to quickly check design functionality and also produce shop drawings. Additionally, we use Rhino 5; a program that more easily handles the modeling of organic shapes. Once complete, the drawings are imported to our various CAM (computer aided manufacturing) programs that run our machines on the shop floor. These computer programs are just a few tools in our integrated design and manufacturing process.