Celebrate Chhath Puja with Makers, SOLIDWORKS & MakeByMe

Next month, thousands will participate in the ancient Hindu festival of Chhath Pooja or  Chhath Puja.  The festival honors Surya, the Sun God and his wife Usha (Chhathi Maiya).  The festival is celebrated in the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, providences in Nepal, and other Asian communities.

Chhath Pooja is also celebrated in the United States by Indian Americans.  During the celebration, members enter a ceremonial river “pool”.  Building a ceremonial pool is a bit challenging.  I spoke with my SOLIDWORKS R&D colleague, Utpal Kumar, about the history of the ceremonial pool build in his Massachusetts community.

Initially, Utpal and his friends went to Home Depot to find large containers to fill with water. To create a better experience, they came up with a few design ideas.  Utpal wanted to communicate these designs among his build team.  He used MakeByMe, a free browser-based CAD design tool, for the maker community, developed by SOLIDWORKS R&D.  The primary materials are based on standard wood sizes.

Using the MakeByMe Cuts, Standard wood frame members were created from standard sizes.

Materials and hardware were also selected.  The team used Pine boards and standard wood screws.


Utpal shared the completed 3D design with the team.


The MakeByMe Cut List provided quantities and wood sizes. The team went back to Home Depot to purchase the materials.

Next came the Assembly instructions.


Success. The Complete Assembly!

Thank you Utpal for sharing your MakeByMe designs for Chhath Puja with the SOLIDWORKS community.

You too can use MakeByMe.

There are tutorials to help you get started to create a DIY birdhouse and take your creations into HomeByMe, our interior design experience.

Design well.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard