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Question Answered: How to design a product for manufacturer acceptance?

How do I make sure that I can get a manufacturer to make my product?   The most likely scenario is that you are looking for a contract manufacturer to just make your product.  You will still manage the rest yourself including the warehousing, marketing, sales, shipping, and follow up customer service.   The key […]

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Question Answered: Do I Need a Design Background?

What if I don’t have a design background, will that hinder me? It isn’t really all that necessary to have a design background when getting started with a physical product business.  In fact it could really be beneficial to start without any baggage or preconceived notions of design ztandards.  Your end-goal will simply be a […]

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Common Product Design Software

How much do I have to learn about common product design software? In reality, as with many topics in the physical product business, the more you learn the better.  You should know enough about using the software to be able to have an intelligent conversation with your designer about the models. However, you definitely do […]

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Question Answered: What is the Best way to Develop a Prototype in the Health & Beauty Field?

Question: What is the Best way to Develop a Prototype in the Health & Beauty Field? What is the development process to go from idea to finished product?   Answer: For a physical product such as a razor, toothbrush, nose hair trimmer, or electric razor you can start with a 3D printed prototype of your idea. […]

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Question Answered: What are Some of the Best Packaged Consumer Products?

Question: What are Some of the Best Packaged Consumer Products? Some examples of invitingly packaged soaps, chocolates, shampoos, perfumes, etc.   Answer: The best packaging that I have seen is of green tea from Japan or Taiwan. The tea is vacuum sealed and placed in a nice canister – then a few different flavours are combined […]

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Aerating your wine helps to mellow and improve the flavour

Product Example: Vinamor Wine Aerator

Wine Aerator as seen on Shark Tank: Vinamor This is a product example that I saw on the TV show Shark Tank.  It’s the development of service industry professional Gary DeJohn. It is designed to sit on top of the glass while the wine is being poured. First, the metal strainer removes any bits of […]

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Question Answered: Why is SolidWorks preferred over AutoCAD for 3D Design?

Question: Why is SolidWorks preferred over AutoCAD for 3D Design?   Answer: AutoCAD is normally associated with 2D drawings (manufacturing, architecture, electrical schematics, piping diagrams, etc.)  But newer versions of AutoCAD do have 3D capabilities. AutoCAD is the industry preferred solution for these 2 dimensional tasks and is the most capable of the programs out there. […]

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Sugru – Advanced Material for Creating Prototypes

Sugru: Great for Prototyping and mock-ups Sugru is a material that I recently found and it appears to be a great one to pick up for prototyping. Though you could form your entire product from this stuff, that may not be the best approach. The easiest way to describe this stuff is to copt and […]

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Automotive theme espresso maker

Product Example: Supercharged V12 Espresso Machine

Automotive Inspired Coffee Machine by Espresso Veloce A very quick post today on a great design forwarded on to me by a colleague: A Supercharged V12 Espresso Machine. This is a highly designed (or is that highly engineered?) espresso maker in the form of a 12-cylinder automotive engine.  Old school fuel injection and all. Now […]

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Rosewood and stainless steel watch

Product Example: Original Grain Watches

I recently saw an excellent interview on The Elevator Life  with Ryan from Original Grain Watches. On this post I want to share the notes I made from this great video, but I also want to urge you to watch it yourself. Both of these guys are active on Twitter and Facebook, you can find […]

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Product Design Approach

Product Design – Turning your idea into a functioning design. It is now time for some product design since you have defined your idea, determined the benefits that it will present to your customers, as possibly even sketched out some ideas on a napkin or back of an envelope. Going through the product design process […]

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Product Design Process – Initial Glimpse

Here is your first glimpse at the product design process steps required to move a physical product from the idea stage to being a real item for sale. The length of time it takes for you to run through this precess really depends on the amount of time you can devote to this project every […]

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