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May 01, 2017

5 Items to Consider When Designing Consumer Product Packaging

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

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April 28, 2017

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

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...

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April 21, 2017

How to Get Your Plastic Injection Part Design Ready for Manufacturing

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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April 19, 2017

How to Provide Good Feedback on First Production Samples

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...

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April 17, 2017

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

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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April 14, 2017

What Is Value Engineering?

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

Just one question: What does that mean?

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April 05, 2017

Designing Products with Sustainable Manufacturing in Mind

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

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April 03, 2017

Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

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...

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March 31, 2017

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

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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March 27, 2017

The Challenge of Sourcing Materials in Medical Device Manufacturing

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...

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