Tetched: [techt] Adjective; touched in the head, somewhat unbalanced mentally, slightly crazy
Design(s): [di-zin] Noun; the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art
TeTched is an affectionate nickname I acquired from my mentor when I had apprenticed to become a heavy diesel mechanic. My mentor recognized that I was a bit off. At the infancy of my adulthood I had enlisted into the United States Army. I served as an intelligence analyst at the forefront of the war on terrorism. After my discharge from service I was lost, not fitting into the normal confines of dysfunction as other service members do. It was rather unheard of for Military Intelligence service members to develop PTSD without at least being deployed. However. I was responsible for real and near real time analysis of the situations we recognize today as active shooters, bombings and attacks like those on 9/11. Rejected by my service peers for not having deployed I forged ahead with the understanding that I was just a bad person. I was unemployed for a while, then eventually took on several jobs as stepping stones to rebuilding myself to prove that I was capable. The hidden issues that eventually led to me questioning that maybe everyone was wrong about me and that there was something wrong with me outside of who I am as a person. I was eventually recruited to work for a National Laboratory and found a reprieve from my self doubt. I learned and grew which eventually poised me to be a very unique problem solver. Several fielding projects, pulse power diagnostics and other R&D accomplishments later I had succeeded to a point that I had started to regress and mix my current life with my former service. The more success I had at the labs the more it mirrored my military service, I was getting flashbacks. The harassments began from my management just like it had from my NCOs and I ended up in a full regression that put me in the ER and subsequently coded from their diagnostics.
It was now time to face my past. Having learned so many skills in my life I was a desirable employee but it has been extremely difficult to work in a traditional employment venue. Civilian and military management was something I couldn't be under almost every leader, supervisor, and manager I had had up to this point eventually threw me under the bus, left me unsupported and/or harassed me to the point of physical and mental damage. I was unable to work and put my hard earned skills to use to support my family. I was denied VA disability, State Vocational Rehabilitation services and the letters from my doctors outwardly stated that I was a danger to myself or others in a "normal" employment environment.
Of the skills I learned at the National Laboratory fabrication stuck with me the most. Building solutions to problems gave me a sense of accomplishment. Using machines like lathes, milling machines and 3d printers gave me a medium to create. Learning how to design in CAD gave a me further outlet to release some of the creation I have always had in my mind. This became a conduit of duality. The same skills I had learned that trapped me in my past were now helping to me to build towards a new future. I had taken 20 years of analysis, design, building, planning, testing, fabrication plus fielding and flipped it into art, humor, passion and therapy.
“The real heroes are those who rebuild their lives using adversity as a stepping stone to greatness in the midst of the chaos life has thrown at them.” - Nikki Rowe
At the onset of COVID-19 3D printing has been brought into focus as a means for any one to manufacture solutions. It provides a medium for the imagination to tackle the issues before us. It is the new canvas for which the future will be painted. Combining art techniques and technical knowledge into "Creative Engineering" I draw on pop/comic/cinema/social influences and add them to our everyday needs to produces a product that is often personal, unique and functional.
As TeTched Designs moves into the future we will work hard to offer you a product and service in the same way we have proudly done for 11 years towards the pursuit of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
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