Archives for Plastic Design

Industrial design & plastic product design – virtual seminar

Michael Paloian’s extremely popular industrial and plastics design course, conducted at the University of Massachusetts for the past 10 years, is now available to a limited group of attendees as an eight-part series. Read below for a more detailed description and register ASAP! Seats are filling fast. Blend innovation and creativity with technical and practical skills UMass Lowell—a leader in Plastics Engineering training—presents this eight-part interactive seminar for designers and engineers. The weekly Zoom sessions will be facilitated by Michael Paloian, president of Integrated Design Systems, Inc.  Mr. Paloian is an experienced inventor, lecturer and educator, a faculty member at
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

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.

Product Design: Perception, Imagination and Design

The boundaries of the product design profession are often blurry. These can range from simple ideas to those specifying a resin grade or surface gloss. Product designers interact with diverse people including inventors, presidents of companies, product managers, marketing specialists, manufacturing experts, engineers and scientists. They also include countless others who dream up better ways to solve problems in our daily lives. Within this relatively small profession are a select group of designers who can transform the obvious into the extraordinary. This requires a magical mix of talent, intelligence, knowledge, imagination, and the ability to perceive things not as they
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Categories: Blog, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Design Analysis: A Critical Part of the Design Process

Industrial design and product design are often thought of as creative professions that are exclusively motivated by a free and open spirit, focused on developing a revolutionary new product. Although there is some truth in this ideal, there is another essential aspect to design that is often ignored: design analysis. The reason design analysis is ignored is because it isn’t exciting or emotionally charged. Really good design analysis requires patience, logic, objectivity, extensive technical knowledge, keen observational skills, and methodical procedures. Great designs are never developed from start to finish without numerous revisions and checkpoints throughout the process. The need
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

The Top Five Essentials for a Successful Product

What are the five topmost important considerations for a successful product? This brief editorial will answer this question with the list of equally-weighted factors provided below: Number 1 – Satisfying Market Needs with Product Solutions All products fulfill market needs at some level of importance. A highly successful product provides potential customers with major benefits that increase their value and demand. The challenge for entrepreneurs as well as established companies is identifying market opportunities. Once those opportunities have been defined, designers and engineers are called upon to develop a product that will satisfy the needs of the market. Product success
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

Invest in Product Design for Greater Cost Reduction

Investment in product design for greater cost reduction applies to many production industries. But, one of the great ironies of rotational molding—a good illustration—is that the primary benefit of low-cost molds is also the reason most investors are not willing to invest in good design. Perhaps this mindset originates from the simple fact that mold is tangible. After investing money in a mold, the result is a physical thing that can yield production parts. If the mold can be created with minimal design at the lowest possible investment, why should there be an additional investment in product design? Mold is
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, Product Design, and Rotational Molding.

The Unrelenting Expectation of Excellence in Design

Not long ago, many of us experienced the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Those times were tough for business, and a quick turnaround was nowhere on the horizon. So, what does a business do when the US economy is in a slump? Maybe you can stop working and live off the government, or you can seek new business opportunities through innovation. Innovation, hopefully, leads to new products, new markets and increased sales. What’s more, innovation can fuel positive change in the best of times. Innovation starts with an idea that is developed into a successful
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Categories: Blog, Ergonomics, Industrial Design, Medical Product Design, Plastic Design, and Product Design.