1. Tag Archives: Engineering

  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. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. The Challenges of Product Design

    The field of product design is constantly evolving.  New methods and processes constantly change the game for designers.  Part of the reason for these changes is a result of innovators who try to meet the growing challenges that product designers face every day. Development Speed – Many design processes can be improved, and there are…