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Industrial Design – the Future

Introduction Predicting the future is not a perfect science. Orwell’s “1984” was published in 1949. “2001: Space Odyssey” by Kubrick and Clarke was released in 1968. The dates have come and gone. Sometimes the future is just a convenient stage set for our own current concerns and neuroses. In the late 1800s experts were predicting that Manhattan would come to a halt as the streets would be so deep in horse poop, carriages could not move. The development of the car was the solution and here we are, just over a century later, our existence as a species now threatened
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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.

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.

The One Industrial Design Skill That Can’t Be Taught

There is a unique human quality that, hopefully, is woven into the fabric of the industrial design skill of individuals. To a greater or lesser degree, it provides each individual with the ability to change our environment. I’ve written countless industrial design articles during the past ten years and I realized that one of the most critical elements for great design has rarely been mentioned in any of my articles. The quality I am referring to is imagination. In my experience, the application and enhancement of imaginative skills to creative design solutions can be elusive. It seems that imagination could
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Embracing Your Highly Productive Industrial Design Partners

In industrial design, you always have industrial design partners. Great designs are always created by the collective effort of individuals willing to share their knowledge, creativity, and insight with the dedicated purpose of attaining the elusive perfect design. I have designed more than 300 products and thousands of plastic parts throughout my career. I can confidently say that no product design can be credited exclusively to one person. Every product and project has always included at least one, or frequently several individuals at various stages throughout the process. In any project, designers establish a vision, and they create the pathway
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