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December 03, 2015

The Value of Tolerance: How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

Tolerance is one of those areas that is in the buyer's hands. It's your responsibility as the buyer to tell your contract manufacturer what you will and will not accept in terms of tolerances. I sat down with our head of EMS, as well as one of our product development engineers, to talk design tolerance. I found out that we have received many...

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November 19, 2015

Tips for Making a Product Design Change Late in the Game

In an ideal world, you would design a product perfectly – down to the very last detail  the first time around. But here in the real world, most designs need tweaking, and we often discover opportunities for improvement along the way. Formal design changes will likely cost you both money and precious time, but the earlier these changes are made...

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October 07, 2015

5 Questions an Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Quitting His Day Job

Thanks to the show Shark Tank (@ABCSharktank), people with ideas have been looking for a way to make it big. So many great ideas arise every day and, while not every one of them will succeed, you can be sure that a few will. Knowing that a handful will find success gives us hope that our ideas might too!

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September 24, 2015

How to Design Sustainable Products for Recycling by the End User

When designing a product, considering what happens after its demise will soon become as important as its performance. How to design for the end of a product's life will be guided by the nature of the product, how long it is expected to be used and its recyclability.

Incorporate sustainability efforts into your product design after a preliminary...

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September 17, 2015

5 Things to Know Before Submitting a Product for a Certification Mark

If you are producing goods that need to meet specific safety criteria (flame retardancy, durability, etc.), you will need to submit your product to a third party testing lab to ensure it meets the applicable safety requirements. Before we jump into the 5 things you need to know before submitting a product for a certification mark, we’ll cover...

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September 01, 2015

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better...

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August 18, 2015

15 Killer Resources Every Inventor Should Know About

Do you have an idea for a knockout product, but you're not sure you have all the tools you need to make your idea come to life? Look no further – we've done (some of) the work for you. Below is a list of 15 resources every inventor should know about. From crowdfunding sites to 3D rendering and printing sources, we've got you covered. 

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June 09, 2015

4 Reasons Why Production Tooling is Late

Nothing may frustrate a new product development team more than delays in production tooling. It’s the first step toward full production. Schedules are laid out, control processes are drafted, solid models, tolerances and finishes are agreed upon, drafts sent to the tool shop and then.....nothing. Silence. So why does tooling typically run...

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March 10, 2015

Potential Risks Going from Prototype to Production

It is not uncommon to find out that your prototypes and initial limited production runs are not exactly the same as each other. It could be slight variations in specs, color, dimensional tolerances, improper fit or even performance issues with function.

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February 05, 2015

From Invention to Production: The Only Thing You Need Is...

Manufacturing... and TIME! More Time that you might think!  One of the most common questions we get is: How long will it take to get into production?

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