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A Day in the Life… of an FDA Audit

It’s the front desk on the line with those dreaded words, “There’s someone from the FDA here to see you”. That dread should be a vestige of the early days of surprise visits. These days the FDA operates in a very professional manner, and unless something has been going very wrong, it will be a visit that was by appointment. …

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Is 3D Scanning Right for Your Project?

3D scanning in its basic form is the process of scanning a part to create 3D data of that part.  It can create a surface alone or a full blown part. At first blush, it seems like this would put us out of a job. Thankfully for us, it doesn’t. However, it is very useful for some projects that use …

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Building Prototypes? Here are Your Options.

Prototype processes continue to evolve, practically on a daily basis. Depending on the product and development needs, there are several options and each has its advantages and disadvantages. We will cover most of the processes available today and have used every one at one time or another.   This blog is meant to give the reader a basic understanding of …

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Did You Ever Wonder How Your Product Gets Manufactured?

There are literally hundreds if not thousands of processes available to produce a part or product. One of the biggest challenges in Product Development is choosing which process best fits a given product.   Production quantities can vary widely depending on the product. Many medical products have production of only a few hundred units per year. For popular consumer products, production …

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Product Development Terms and What They Mean

In product development, like most industries, it has its own acronyms. Some are well known like CAD or 3D, but some are not quite as common to everyday lexicon. Here is a list of some you may here along the way when you talk to professionals in this field. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list nor to …

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Creativity is the Lifeblood of Product Design

Creativity. This word can conjure up many different meanings depending on who you ask. Artists are thought of as being creative. Same with designers of all types. When you talk about an accountant being creative or ‘creative accounting’, a whole different idea comes to mind.   Creativity is original ideas. Original ideas can be great or terrible, and everywhere in …

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Trust me on this one, you need clean CAD

Just like mechanics or doctors, there are good ones and bad ones. The same goes for CAD designers and engineers. And it makes a big difference every step of the way. The 3D CAD model is the backbone of the entire product development process.   Every tool, prototype, rendering, drawing, etc. is a direct descendent of that CAD model. And …

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The Role of Industrial Design in Meeting Users’ Needs

Products do not exist in a vacuum. They serve a purpose. They solve problems. They make someone’s life easier. Or faster. Or more joyful. Or even allow someone to accomplish something they otherwise couldn’t. Products are generally not intended to be manufactured and then be locked in a room to never be touched by human hands. Sometimes the contact is …

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How to Evaluate the Best Development Partner for You

Relationships – Who needs them! Actually, you do… We won’t give any personal advice but we might be able to help with choosing an appropriate product development firm.   When you decide you need help with a project you really want to treat the relationship with nearly the same amount of caution you take in choosing any partner. Put aside …

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Why is CAD so Important in Product Development?

By now, everyone has heard of CAD or 3D CAD, 3 Dimensional Computer Aided Design. It’s not that new but it was pretty revolutionary when it first came on the scene and it keeps evolving even today. In a nutshell, it is drawing parts and assemblies of your product on the computer. Simple as that. Really. Enter Real-World Complexities Where …