1. Category Archives: Product Development

  2. Creating Sheet Metal Assemblies that Stand Up to Manufacturing Tolerances

    Sheet metal assemblies are frequently seen when producing large scale products as it’s a very cost effective way to create big structures, as the processing equipment is well established and there is no need to create large expensive tools that would be needed making a plastic part. However because parts are made from an assembly…

  3. Steering Clear of Obsolete Parts

    Steering Clear of Obsolete Parts Designing a manufacturable product is no cake walk, but even the best designed product can fail to make it to market if Procurement is unable to source the components you chose over the manufacturing lifetime.  Electrical engineers are familiar with this issue as it is very clearly defined, when picking…

  4. When Is It Worth Making Engineering Changes for Industrial Design?

    Being an engineer at an accomplished product design consultancy means a constant back and forth to achieve a new product’s function and the “look” of the product.  The look or design of the product will be its face on the world, and how customers meet and interact with the device.  It may even communicate the…

  5. How to Create Frictionless UX

    The last thing you want to hear from your user is “I’m breaking up with you.” You thought everything was going well until now. What happened? This happened to many companies over the years like Myspace and search engines before Facebook and Google were introduced. This is a curse of being too close with your…

  6. To Print or Machine: How the Process Can Impact Your Prototype

    Prototyping is a crucial step in any development process, it’s important to validate your design outside of a CAD environment as there are some things that can’t be checked in a computer, or are just easier to evaluate with parts in hand. For most human scale items this leads to a decision between two major…

  7. Should we be Drawn to Magnets?

    Magnets can be amazing when used correctly in a product; however things aren’t as simple as they seem. Let’s look at three applications for using magnets in a product and the key details that make them function well. There are often subtle details that can make the difference between functioning well and falling apart. Latching:…

  8. Fail Fast but Not Prematurely: How to Develop a Presentable Prototype

    A popular adage in entrepreneurial circles is that it’s good to “fail fast”, meaning that if you have an idea you should test it to the limit as quickly as possible so you don’t waste time, energy, and budget on a concept that doesn’t have merit. This means when creating a new device it’s often…

  9. Ode to the Prototype

    The impact of virtual design is indisputable but what of the claims in recent years where whole products could be developed in the virtual realm, ready for production release.  If we are to believe some of what has been written, a complete new aircraft could be designed in Computer Aided Drafting and Design software, analyzed…

  10. 4 Tips to Save on Tool Cost

    Injection molding tooling represents a substantial investment in the total cost of developing a product, and while many product developers are aware molds are expensive, they are still shocked when they get quotes. Often the reason for high tooling cost is a design that doesn’t take advantage of the injection molding process while minimizing difficult…

  11. How to Avoid Costly Surprises in Connected Hardware Design

    When designing connected hardware products, there are many ways that a project can go sideways and end up far over budget without the product being completed or in a manufacturable state. We’ve seen this happen countless times and it’s never one person’s fault, rather a lack of understanding of the full product design process and…

  12. Is Your Product Ready for Prime Time? Render vs. Reality

    Is Your Product Ready for Prime Time?  Render vs. Reality What does “production-ready” really mean?  Scanning any crowd-funding site, you’ll see countless beautifully rendered products bearing this phrase yet, even when funded, many of these projects fail to deliver on substance or schedule.  So why then do so many products seemingly ‘ready to launch’ end…

  13. 5 Tips for Designing IoT Products for Millennials

    5 Tips for Designing IoT Products that Attract and Keep Millennial Consumers By Soyun Kim Millennials are a new type of consumer yet IoT products designed for millennials don’t always reflect this. In the past, the traditional consumer journey consisted of reading reviews and buying the product that most reflected what you, the consumer, wanted….

  14. GE CARESCAPE Case Study

    Read through this blog post to discover a few of the interesting steps taken to create this great product.  You’ll even get a peek into the down and dirty mock-ups and see how we poured water over our prototypes to test for water ingress all while allowing heat to flow through and escape the product using…

  15. Let’s talk about Juicero …

    So I just read about Juicero’s membership model and the $699 dollar juice press. While I cannot claim to be a vegan in any way, it is a very trendy thing to drink nutrient rich liquid health. Sounds good anyway. I cannot however, fathom the development program which can end up with a product so…

  16. Silicon Valley Product Development in 2017

    What has happened to 3 dimensional products that people touch? Well locally, much of it has diminished or moved to other areas of the world.

  17. Knowing the difference between rapid and precise with Articulate User Interface

    Making a product user friendly is one of the easiest ways to gain success. Not many people want to have a powerful machine that is difficult to use, which is why simplifying user interface is of paramount performance. Situated in the center of technologic innovation, StudioRed has the experience for fitting all parts of a product…

  18. The Benefits of Diversity

    Specialization is an interesting characteristic to look for when seeking out development partners. It doesn’t really matter what field, but teaming up with someone really gifted in a single discipline might be appealing. This is kind of like Henry Ford’s idea of assembly line: everyone focuses only on one thing. While Mr. Ford’s idea works…

  19. 3D Printing Enables Art

    3D printing and additive manufacturing feel like the technologies of hardcore manufacturing, better suited for aerospace technology, turbines and automotive parts.  But the fact is, 3D printing and additive manufacturing have touched virtually every sector of production and innovation in existence today.  It may seem as though the art and fashion world would not be…

  20. At the Intersection of Tech and Medicine

    Amazing developments in life science are creating serious challenges the industry has never seen before, particularly when it comes to delivering quality healthcare via pharmaceuticals, prosthetics or other biotech processes that require a lot of research and development – and industry partners.  There are some identifiable trends that will probably continue to influence the industry…

  21. Thinking Globally

    As the economy continues to change and businesses continue to expand around the world, it becomes more important than ever for product designers to think globally.  A product that is designed for a very specific, localized market has a manageable and contained set of factors to consider, but the number of considerations for a company…

  22. The Importance of Listening to Clients and Consumers

    Product design doesn’t take place in a vacuum.  The designers aren’t stuck in a windowless room with drafting paper and told to come up with stuff that looks cool.  Interactivity is one of the most important parts of the development process.  Designers have to listen to the people who have asked for the product design…

  23. How Little Changes Lead to Big Results

    A product design process doesn’t need to take place only when a brand new product is created.  Along the same lines, a new product may not need a completely unique design in order to stand out from the pack.  In many instances, some small changes to a product’s design can lead to incredibly valuable improvements,…

  24. Developing Products for Military Applications

    Creating products for military use can be a challenging process.  Sometimes the products that military personnel use are not all that different from the ones that civilians use.  In most instances, however, very specific criteria must be met in order to ensure that military products will not be damaged in hostile conditions while still being…