1. Category Archives: Prototype

  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. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 3 Reasons Prototyping is Essential

    Growth and innovation are all about ideas.  If we’re lucky, ideas that pop into our minds and make their way into our brain’s mainstream focus will be plentiful.  They all might not, however, be lasting ideas that will get seen through to fruition.  Some will make it to the concept and design phases, while others…

  11. Why You Should Choose Rapid Prototyping?

    The idea for prototype can be a very personal experience for any inventor. The idea for an invention can mean a great change for the better in many industries like medicine, disaster relief, or sports but how do you know the invention will be perfect from the beginning. To take a design for a new…

  12. Prototyping for Military Purposes

    The United States Army has been using state-of-the-art equipment such as Rapid Prototyping 3D Printers in forward areas in Afghanistan since 2012. These machines can produce plastic parts that may not even exist in the current inventory. Similar devices, known as a Computer Numerical Control Machining system, can quickly produce parts and components from steel…

  13. 3 Steps to Produce a Great Prototype

    Most great ideas have humble beginnings. Perhaps there was a part that just wouldn’t work the best it could and someone found a way to make the optimum outcome happen. Maybe there was a lack of technology that another person found a way to create just based on a fluke idea they came up with…

  14. Rapid Prototyping for Disaster Relief

    There are big ideas abounding about 3D printing and what is can do for our ever changing technological world. Smart cities and nations, army battlefield technology, fashion, automotive, and aeronautics, the list goes on and on and some of the most humanitarian uses have recently become a reality. 3D printing for areas in need of…

  15. The Benefits of Functional Prototypes

    After extensive research and discussion, you’ve decided to move forward with a new product to add to your line. You know it’s going to be a bit costly, but it’s certainly going to be worth it in the long run. What should be your next step? A functional prototype.

  16. Why Is Prototyping So Important?

    While you may not ever consider the real importance behind prototyping as a consumer, as a manufacturer, you’re certain to consider it at some point, and with good reason. It’s easily one of the most important aspects behind manufacturing and design. Without it, you could easily find unpopular, unworkable products that just wouldn’t be useful…

  17. Dedicated Planning, Innovative Operations

    Prototyping in the modern world has historically been an ocean with complex navigational charts. While the way is mostly mapped, the actual process of getting from A to B is anything but clear. This is because, in some cases, there are many correct ways to accomplish a single task. On the other hand though, prototypers…

  18. Your Local Prototyper

    Local economic affiliations are becoming increasingly popular for much more than trendy reasons. Supporting local business increases the affluence of an area and decreases unnecessary costs in transport and cross-cultural interpretation. As a product developer in California, we at StudioRed are your friendly neighborhood support group for turning conceptual design into tangible products. StudioRed is more than…

  19. The Sanctity of Accurate Representation through CNC Milling

    Imagine you are trying to transcribe an architectural design from blueprints on a computer into watercolor. The bleeding and blending of the paint would surely turn a mathematically sound plan into something completely unusable for construction. In order to evolve from a plan into something finished there must be flawless accuracy with all the steps…

  20. Not Just your Average Prototyper

    There’s a reason magazines, papers, and authors all have editors: it’s important to have someone check over your work who isn’t you. This is an obvious precaution when you have spent so much time working on something as it is, in all sense of the phrase, a fresh set of eyes. Another perk of these…

  21. Meet Less: Prototype More

    Getting a design from creation to market shelf is a process that is dynamic and frustrating.  On the one end, the push to get to market as quickly as possible creates tension around the design and the speed of the work it will take to launch it successfully.  On the other hand, launching a poor…

  22. Product Design with a Heart

    Medical breakthroughs are a wonder to behold, as they do not only benefit those who are suffering, but push the entire field forward as well.  Prototyping plays a huge rule in the kinds of medical breakthroughs we have been able to achieve globally, as additive manufacturing makes hope possible.  One of the best examples recently…

  23. Myths about Prototyping

    While prototyping is not really a “new” technology anymore, many businesses don’t invest in it as they should.  The reasons some turn away from this amazing process usually relates to several myths about prototyping that businesses should get away from sooner rather than later. You don’t need prototyping if you’re only in the design phase. …

  24. Got a Great Idea? You Need a Prototype

    If you are primarily a “design” person, taking the next step to get a prototype in place is a way to help move your dream into a reality.  If you have never considered ordering a prototype before and you feel a bit daunted, don’t be.  There are lots of important advantages to prototyping your big…