If the Head of Engineering is a surgeon, the manufacturing Project Manager is the operating room charge nurse — making sure all the right players and tools are in the surgical suite, ready for action, managing details and looking for any red flags that might cause delays or problems.Continue Reading →
You have a great product idea, and you think it has a real shot at taking off. But you don't just take a drawing to a manufacturer and start production. In fact, there are many essential steps to take BEFORE you even meet with a manufacturer. From design to patent protection, from prototyping to marketing, as with so many things in life, attention to detail makes all the difference. The more thorough your preparation, the better the likelihood that you'll achieve your goals.Continue Reading →
Product development can be an arduous process, with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street.
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Last year I upgraded my phone. It’s a beautiful phone – sleek, champagne colored. I love the feel of it. Unfortunately, I rarely see what the phone actually looks like because after purchase I immediately encased it in a hard plastic, optic yellow case with a turquoise blue rubber overlay.
I did that because I know me. I will drop the phone and it will break because it’s not meant to be dropped. And in fact, I did drop the phone last Thanksgiving — into a pan of hot gravy. Talk about a harsh environment!Continue Reading →
Remember the scene in the film The Mummy when the mummy's head rises out of the desert sand? You see the features of his face, and his mouth opens with a frightening roar? That's sort of what it looks like when you use the form of 3D printing known as Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS.
Okay, maybe that's a stretch. But not by much.Continue Reading →
The phrase "design for manufacturing" gets tossed about rather freely, but what does it mean? Isn't all "design" intended "for manufacturing"?Continue Reading →
Imagine a vat of liquid goo. Lasers beams shoot across the pool in seemingly random fashion. Eventually a form – a figurine, part, whatever – rises out of the liquid. You just watched Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) in action.Continue Reading →
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Packaging might not be the sexiest item on your product development checklist, but ignore its importance at your peril.Continue Reading →
As most readers know, there are several types of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing. We talk a lot about the subject, on the blog and in our office. The question came up: is one method of 3D technology better than another for a specific project? For example, when should you use Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)? With the explosion of desktop printers, it's become one of the most most common forms of 3D printing. In fact, it’s the type of printing we do in our lab.Continue Reading →