Every designer knows that guiding an idea from being a burst of inspiration to being a product on the shelves is a grueling process. Bringing new inventions and ideas to life 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 […] 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
For any product, the right material can make or break customer satisfaction, regardless of how interesting or innovative the product design process looks on paper. Comprehensive material selection helps ensure that a product performs as well as it’s designed to — for as long as possible. Depending on the product, that may mean choosing a […] Read more >>
  • July 10, 2017
  • | by Randy Millwood
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