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There are lots of ways to define a “disappointing product.” But there are few things more frustrating than a product that breaks or wears out sooner than you expect. From the consumer’s perspective, the purchase begins to feel like a trick. This is an important fact for product designers to keep in mind. The right material […] Read more >>
  • November 08, 2017
  • | by Troy Lewis
Every designer knows that guiding an idea from being a burst of inspiration to being a product on the shelves is a grueling process. It requires countless trips to the drawing board, endless iterations, lots of setbacks, and at least a few crises of confidence. The fact that product design is hard work is no […] Read more >>
  • October 16, 2017
  • | by Steve Cartier
When potential customers come to us looking for a design partner to bring their ideas to life, they usually have two main concerns: consistency in part size and shape and the delivery schedule. But more recently, we’ve seen an interest in material traceability.It makes sense: Designers want to ensure the products they’re bringing to market […] Read more >>
  • October 06, 2017
  • | by randy millwood
3 Ways to Defend Your Design Against Knockoffs   Chinese manufacturing has created a number of ongoing issues for today’s designers. First and foremost is the flood of low-cost knockoffs that saturate the market and dilute the customer base. Even designers with patents and intellectual property protections on their products face competition from copycats.   […] Read more >>
  • August 28, 2017
  • | by Troy Lewis
Some 5,000 years ago, the first designers to make ice skates used bones to fashion the blades. The design worked — to a point. But in 1914, blade maker John E. Strauss of St. Paul, Minnesota, manufactured a closed-toe blade from a  single piece of steel. The skates were stronger and lighter. That’s when skaters could really […] Read more >>
  • August 08, 2017
  • | by Victor Lazzaro
  Pro-Tec Athletics’ Orb Extreme massage ball was developed and manufactured by PopFoam. This unique foam roller ball helps athletes of all levels combat muscle fatigue and tightness, increase flexibility and improve athletic performance. The only solid EVA foam roller ball that exceeds 3 inches in diameter, the 4.5-inch diameter Orb Extreme relies on PopFoam’s […] Read more >>
  • July 19, 2017
  • | by Troy Lewis
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