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How A Project Manager Sets You Up For Success

June 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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.

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development, project management, engineering services

7 Steps to Take Before Finding a Contract Manufacturer

June 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

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.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Contract Manufacturing, Production Outsourcing

Video: Common Product Development Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

June 07, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Product development can be an arduous process, with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street. 

Photo by David Yu

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Filed Under: Product Development, Product Design Services

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

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