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 to complement a design’s primary ingredient is an easy way to drastically improve the fit and finish of the final product.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago, PopFoam took advantage of an opportunity to be a sponsor at the International Design Conference (IDC) organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in Chicago. I’ve done a few of these events over the years, NYC blackout of 2004 was one, and I’m always reENERGIZED by the people – the content – the venue – the conversations and this year was no disappointment. The 2019 IDC theme was a celebration of the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design and took place at VenueSIX10 on Michigan Ave.
When we begin conversations with prospects considering injection molded foam as an option, there’s always a point where the discussion leads to what the finished product will ultimately look like. Most designers and engineers are familiar with basic molding processes and through their experience can quickly grasp the options. Others that are new to manufacturing processes or just have never worked in plastics appreciate understanding more about how these feature details can be applied to injection molded foam.