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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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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

What Is Value Engineering?

April 14, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

 So, your contract manufacturer offers Value Engineering. That’s nice.

Just one question: What does that mean?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Value engineering

Designing Products with Sustainable Manufacturing in Mind

April 05, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Think eco-friendly and manufacturing don’t mix? Think again.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Sourcing Materials, Sustainable Manufacturing

Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

April 03, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Just think about it for a second. Every day you interact with hundreds of products that at one point were nothing more than an idea. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and procedures. There are stops and starts. The timeline for development is as individual as the person who created the product. However, there are several milestones to look for along the way. 

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Filed Under: Product Management, Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

How Much Resolution Do I Need For My 3D-Printed Prototype?

March 31, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

For obvious reasons, 3D printing is a popular prototyping method — whether SLA, SLS or FDM. But did you know a simple tweak in the software settings can save you time and money when creating your 3D-printed prototype?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Prototyping, 3D Printing

The Challenge of Sourcing Materials in Medical Device Manufacturing

March 27, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

As the aging population increases and the desire for medical interventions allowing for an active lifestyle continues, the demand for implantable medical devices will expand further. A report released in early 2017 estimates the global implantable medical devices market will reach $54.2 billion by 2025.

  ABSORB stent made by Abbott. ©2016 Abbott                              

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Filed Under: Product Development, Medical devices, Medical Device Manufacturing, Sourcing Materials

How to Determine the Best Prototyping Method? 5 Questions to Ask

March 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! It’s time to turn your design into a physical object. While it’s exciting to see something from your imagination turn into reality, there are questions that must be answered before you can begin.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Prototyping

Product Development Questions? Here are Some Resources

March 15, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” says the Lao Tzu proverb. The same is true when you’re developing a product. There is no place to begin except the beginning, and sometimes even that isn’t very clear.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Product Design Services

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