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Difference Between Product Design and Industrial Design

What is the difference? Product design and industrial design, is there a difference? The answer is yes, and no; it depends on whom you ask. My answer is yes since industrial design is a subset of product design. Product design encompasses all the disciplines associated with entirely developing a product. Industrial design is primarily associated with those tasks pertaining to the end-user, such as ease of use, product appearance, product branding, and ergonomics. Functional products can be manufactured and sold without industrial design input, but the opposite is not valid. Industrial design education focuses on esoteric aspects of products that
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Categories: Blog and Industrial Design.

10 Things you should know before product manufacturing – Part 2

Design for ease of assembly Design for assembly, otherwise referred to as DFM, was first coined about 40 years ago by Boothroyd and Dewhurst. This team developed software and protocols for optimizing designs for manufacturing. You can buy the B&D software and other DFM software packages or apply common sense and some fundamental manufacturing knowledge to accomplish the same objectives. In addition to DFM software, 3D CAD software enables designers to visualize highly complex parts and assemblies, perform interference checks, verify mechanical motions and evaluate structural integrity well before any parts physically exist. 3D CAD software also allows you to
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Categories: Blog, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Uncategorized.

Product Design for Manufacturing
10 Things a Designer Should Know
Part 1

You’re designing a product to be manufactured and you want to be sure all your hard work will not have to be revised before the design is released for production. How do you optimize your design for manufacturing? What are the significant considerations that must be taken into account? This article will provide you with a detailed list of the top ten essential parameters to verify before releasing your manufacturing design. Clearly define your forecasted production requirements Specify product cost Be realistic about your investment Select the optimum manufacturing processes for your product Account for assembly time and cost Design
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Categories: Blog and Industrial Design.

Industrial Design Today – Part 3

In this third article, we will look at the elements which are considered in defining a final product design. There are no magical rules which dictate how to create a perfect design, but this has not stopped people from trying to find them. One of the most intriguing began its evolution two thousand years ago and took hold in medieval and renaissance Europe, and it gave us the Golden Rectangle, which can still be used as a touchstone today. The Golden Rectangle The Golden Rectangle (or Fibonacci Rectangle) is mathematical tool used to design forms which are deemed most pleasing
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Industrial Design Today Part 2

This second article of the series will focus on the design considerations that industrial designers are faced with, and on the design development process. Today’s industrial designers are involved in diverse disciplines that include: Product design (Aesthetics) Product branding (Identity) Engineering Product strategy Human factors Traditional skills in product design include a strong background in aesthetics, visual balance, proportion and color. These are tools to be applied to express the functionality of the product and unify the elements that go into its appearance, construction and operation. Skills in sketching and modelmaking allow for an examination of the concepts and are
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, Rotational Molding, and Uncategorized.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN – The Creative Bridge Between Art, Engineering and End User

This first article in this series provides a description of what an industrial designer does, a brief history of how industrial design emerged, and how it evolved through the typical education for industrial designers. Industrial Design is a multidisciplinary profession, bridging the requirements of a demanding market and the need to effectively provide products which meet its demands. It requires an understanding of the end user, of current technology and of the goals of the companies who are developing the products. Industrial designers must be able to listen to the requirements of the users, marketers, manufacturers, engineers and distributers. With
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, Rotational Molding, and Uncategorized.

Matching Your Product Design Requirements with the Ideal Industrial Design Company

How do you identify the ideal industrial design company as a partner for your next new product design? This decision could have a long-lasting significant impact on your company’s future sales and profits, placing you at the number one spot in your market or plummeting you into financial ruin. The answer to this question is not simple and requires you to consider several factors specific to your product development needs. A list of the top ten considerations is provided below: Qualifications versus project requirements Before you begin searching for an industrial design (ID) company you should have compiled and prioritized
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Categories: Blog, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Big Picture Benefits of Holistic Product Design

Product design is a challenging and creative profession especially for the select few who enjoy the variety of projects presented to them as design consultants. Designers employed within an OEM based corporation experience completely different challenges versus those working within an independent design firm. In-house corporate designers become highly experienced in one particular product group and may even specialize in a sub-assembly within a much larger system. Independent consultants however are faced with a wide range of products in multiple markets with a shallower understanding of the product. In either case, it’s extremely beneficial for a designer or engineer to
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Categories: Blog, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Michael Paloian receives the Charles D. Frederick Distinguished Service Award

ARM NEWS RELEASE, Posted August 27, 2020 Association of Rotational Molders Distinguished Service Award is typically a surprise for the recipient at our Annual Meeting. In that spirit, minutes ago we interrupted Michael Paloian as he was about to present the finale of his webinar series on design, to announce that he was selected by ARM’s Executive Committee to receive the award. For more than 15 years, Michael has presented his design seminar to attendees at our Annual Meeting, providing new case studies every time to keep it fresh. For more than twenty years he has acted as an ambassador
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Categories: Blog, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Brainstorming: The Root of All Great Product Designs

The best product designs often represent the outpouring of ideas from many individual contributors with different perspectives and objectives. A great analogy to describe this process is to compare it to eight people standing around a statue and describing what they see from their perspective. Each person will view the same object from a different position and thus describe it from their point of view. The culmination of all these interpretations will provide a much truer description of the statue, versus a single viewer’s point of view. This process of collaboration is often referred to as brainstorming. Effectively managing a
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.