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Most designers are fully aware of the important role that material plays in their design, but many overlook the need for — or the potential of — using multiple materials when a design is particularly complex. Bringing in another material can complement a design’s primary ingredient. Designing products with injection molded foam offers an easy […] Read more >>
  • April 12, 2018
  • | by Victor Lazzaro
There are lots of ways to define a “disappointing product.” But there are few things more frustrating than a product’s design 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 […] 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. 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
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