Meeting with some of my engineers today left me astonished. If left to their own devices, they will turn everything into the Space Shuttle. Actually, I think I have some of those tendencies under control. Part of the discussion today was whether to chamfer the countersunk holes for socket head cap screws. My point was why are the holes being countersunk to begin with if screw heads don't get in the way of anything? Jaws dropped! Is it an ego thing that cosmetics have a psychological contribution to pride in a mechanism? I have to keep the budget in consideration. I'm a form-follows-function kind of guy, but does a few extra hours of "polishing" contribute to the energy flow of the builders? I've made some ugly stuff in my time that works just fine.
13 years ago