The urge to create or build is natural, we’re all born with it. Due to societal norms, our upbringing, and circumstances, the notion of being an inventor or entrepreneur is restricted to a privileged few. They are an elite minority to whom we attribute exceptional powers, of creativity, of “genius”, even. The truth is invention is possible for everyone: as a hobby, as a way to make a living, as a way to live life. With SmartDraw your innovative ideas can come to life.
This week we have the unique opportunity to explore the innovative thinking of a member of our SmartDraw community, Gregory Robinson, founder of PanJammi Innovations. We’ll explore how his latest invention, the PanJammi Mini Meat Smoker, came to be.
What inspired you to create the PanJammi Mini Meat Smoker?
I wanted to create the PanJammi Mini Meat Smoker because a vegetable smoker just wasn’t going to do the trick. I am a huge meat lover. I knew that I wanted to create something portable and convenient. It’s perfect for tailgating before the big game, camping trips, cookouts, or an afternoon at the beach. And if you live in a home with limited storage space, it’s easy to store.
Why did you choose SmartDraw as your design tool?
To be honest, SmartDraw was actually the last drawing tool I tested and it turned out to be the best. But after all the drawing programs that I have demoed nothing was intuitive as SmartDraw. I was able to design and build my first meat smoker. I won’t use any other program.
What was your experience using SmartDraw?
I opened the Engineering Diagram template and just started drawing. It was intuitive. It just spoke to me.
Drawing was a piece of cake. It had all the elements I was used to using from my desktop publishing software. That’s what made me fall in love with using SmartDraw. I’ve got no complaints.
What features and functionality did you use the most?
I drew everything manually. I didn’t see it as a hardship. It was so easy to use. I found everything I needed at the top of the screen. I just clicked and dragged shapes I needed. Then I’d use the fill, gradient, and effects features. That’s how I made my drawings appear 3-D. The lock objects button came in handy.
Why now? Why not create it when you first had the idea?
When I had the idea a few years ago, I didn’t have the time and I couldn’t find a reliable welder to work with. Now, I have a fabricator I can trust to transform my SmartDraw diagrams into a product I can be proud of. As we speak, our final prototype is being made in White City, Oregon at J.W. Hurd Fabrication. This will be “the one.” In fact, the current one being built will be the base model. I need to get this out ASAP so I can have revenue to develop the next version, our premium model.
Where can we find it?
The PanJammi Mini Meat Smoker is not available for sale yet. We are using this time to improve our design and to test for high heat issues. We should have this resolved by the early part of Spring 2015.
What’s next for you and PanJammi Innovations?
I have some big plans for the premium unit from collapsible or modified legs to digital or analog temperature gauge or even an optional electric coil in hot box to ignite the wood chips. Ultimately, I’d like to be able to build it myself. That’s why I need to go back to college and take some welding classes. Now, that I am entering college again, I will need this [SmartDraw] for planning out my wood and metal projects. Sweet!
DO YOU HAVE A STORY YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
How do you use SmartDraw? I’d love to hear your story. I’m always intrigued to find out how other members of the SmartDraw community are using it. Send me an email at email@example.com.