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How to Design Electronics for Harsh Environments

May 22, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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! 

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development, Manufacturing, Electronics

3D Printing | What is SLS and When Should You Use It?

May 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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.

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Filed Under: Product Development, additive manufacturing, Prototyping, 3D Printing

What You Need to Know About Design for Manufacturing [CHART]

May 10, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

The phrase "design for manufacturing" gets tossed about rather freely, but what does it mean? Isn't all "design" intended "for manufacturing"? 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Design for Manufacturability, DFM

3D Printing | What is SLA & When Should You Use It?

May 08, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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.

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Filed Under: Product Development, additive manufacturing, Prototyping, 3D Printing

How Long Will It Take to Go from Invention to Production?

May 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Read more about taking a product from invention to production:

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Filed Under: Product Development

5 Items to Consider When Designing Consumer Product Packaging

May 01, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Packaging might not be the sexiest item on your product development checklist, but ignore its importance at your peril.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Packaging

3D Printing | What is FDM and When Should You Use It?

April 28, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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.

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Filed Under: Product Development, additive manufacturing, Prototyping, 3D Printing

How to Get Your Plastic Injection Part Design Ready for Manufacturing

April 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Design is a big deal. It’s so big it’s a category with subcategories under it. There’s design for

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Filed Under: Product Development, Plastic Injection Molding, Design for Manufacturability

How to Provide Good Feedback on First Production Samples

April 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

One of the most exciting milestones in product development is the receipt of first samples.  At this point, the ideas that have traveled through your mind, napkin sketches and technical drawings now rest in your hands. While it may feel like you have summited the challenges that exist in navigating the product development life cycle, it is essential that you use this time to closely evaluate the first samples with a critical eye and communicate your findings to your contract manufacturer.

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Filed Under: Product Development

UL and ETL Certification Marks: What’s the Difference?

April 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

In your product development quest, you’re undoubtedly getting familiar with the acronym soup that surrounds quality, safety testing and deciding which certification marks your product will require. 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Quality Control, UL Testing, UL Certification

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