Who’s Building Your Idea?

You are ready to move your idea forward, great! Now it is time to select a design firm to help you with your prototype. This is a super important decision, and one that should never be taken lightly. Here are 4 key things you need to look for in your design company. First, demonstrable expertise and success in the EXACT discipline, seems obvious. Too many individuals and organizations throw money…

Innovative 3D Printing of You

The innovation of 3D printing continues to open new doors in different directions. Once again this amazing technology has found itself in another practical application. Meet Rocky Tuan, PhD, he is a professor and executive vice chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery as well as the director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine developing 3D printed cartilage with the…

3D Printing is Booming!

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. They’ve just announced that they have signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The move enables its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for…

Inventor Basics

Lets Get Started With Some Inventor Basics Most inventions are pretty straight forward. Problem X could be solved only if there was a product Y. Inventors get their drive from seeing a problem and having that a urger to solve it. So if you have a clear idea of what you want to build, lets take it from there. Start out by clearly documenting your idea. What problem does it…

3D Sketching, A Virtual Prototype?

Welcome to the not so distant future. Collaborative 3D sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver BC. “Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching,” explained lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design. “The system is a full scale immersive…

Prototyping Gives You Power

Congrats, your entrepreneurial spirit has concurred and you are ready to act on your new invention idea. You’ve started your homework and realized you are going to need a prototype, which simply put is a three-dimensional version of your vision. Building a prototype will likely be one of the most rewarding steps you’ll take. That’s because developing a prototype gives you the opportunity to really unleash your creativity, using those…

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Living in a World of Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping (RP) is the process of making models and prototypes from 3D model data by joining materials layer by layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies, such as traditional machining. Bewildered by the many technologies available today for rapid prototyping? You’re not alone. Without an apples-to-apples comparison, it is hard to know which will work best for you. For today, let us take a moment to understand: Stereolithography Starting from…

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R.I.P. My Idea

We’ve all been there. Your head hits the pillow and your consciousness pleasantly fading away as the sweet promise of sleep draws closer and then, it hits you. An idea for a game-changing invention that will make you a millionaire overnight. Then you wake up the next morning, step out of the shower, and make the exact same mistake the prevents most ideas from moving forward. That is, you let…