Apptivus LLC Fires Up Its Rubber Band Gun On Kickstarter
Three years ago, Apptivus LLC ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for a product designed and built with laser cut materials. Almost 1,000 units of a desktop trebuchet, the Pennypult, were sold. After the campaign concluded, the Apptivus folks told us they were “surprised and relieved” at how smoothly the production and fulfilment went. One of the major keys to their success? “Partnering with Ponoko.”
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Why You Should Always Prototype Your Product
So you’re on your way to creating a product. You have a brilliant idea for a new invention or promotional swag, and you are working your way through the industrial design process. You have done market research, identified the user and market, developed ideas through brainstorming and checked out your competition. You believe you know what the user wants and what this product needs to be successful.
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How The Factory Of The Future Has Changed Industrial Product Design Forever
So you want to design a product. You have a great product idea and you’re ready to start hacking at your first prototype. Problem is, you’re not sure how to go from brilliant idea to successful product. But don’t worry, understanding the fundamentals of industrial product design has helped designers, engineers and makers bring their ideas to life.
What Is Industrial Product Design
Industrial design or product design (why do we call it that?) is broadly defined as a process of strategies and activities that bring a physical product from concept to reality.
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Follow These Practical Design Guidelines To Create With Confidence
If you are a designer or engineer selling your products online, you know it takes more than just an original idea or a unique product to be successful. In competitive marketplaces such as Etsy and Kickstarter, not only do your products need to be designed well, but you also need strong branding, web presence and beautiful product photos in order to capture customers’ attention.
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Your Step-By-Step Guide To Designing, Making & Selling Laser Cut Products
So, you want to create a product to sell. Where do you start?
While articles like this one from Entrepreneur offer a short-and-sweet view of the basics, there’s so much more that must be considered when you create a product to sell.
First you gotta have a GREAT idea. Then you gotta figure out how to make it.
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Understand The Basic Rules Of Laser Cutting To Reduce Your Making Costs
Are you paying too much for laser cutting and laser engraving? For the majority of makers, the answer is usually “yes.” So why do so many overpay for their designs?
It comes down to understanding the basic rules of laser cutting and then applying sound design principles to those rules so you, the maker, come out ahead.
Three Main Laser Cutting Costs
When making with Ponoko,
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How To Use Inkscape Like A Pro
Want to design products but don’t have the budget for expensive software? Or do you simply like the ethos and flexibility of open source software? Inkscape, a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, is a great tool you can use to design products for any number of applications, including laser cutting. And the best part? It’s FREE and open source.
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How To Increase Promotion Of Laser Cut Products For The Biggest Sales Season Of The Year
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…if you’ve been to any retail shop or online store lately, that is. Between trees filled with ornaments to the red and green color palette used to denote upcoming holiday festivities, the biggest sales season of the year is beginning. Are you ready?
If you’ve been following the four-part holiday sales series launched back in August,
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An Introduction To Illustrator Tools So You Can Create Designs With Confidence
So you’re bursting with wonderful creative ideas and you want to turn them into real life products that you can sell for a profit, use as branding tools or gift to friends and family. With a little help from Adobe Illustrator tools, these dream products can be a reality.
Why use Adobe Illustrator? Because it’s a pretty clever and powerful software.
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16 Custom Laser Cut Sign Ideas To Sell For A Profit Or Brand Your Business
Whether welcoming invitations, stark warnings of impending danger, or shining beacons of comfort and relaxation, signs guide our world. From simple restroom signs to directional street signs to 10-foot tall letters advertising corporations atop skyscrapers, signs are necessary communication tools that help us navigate the facets of everyday life, even if sometimes it may feel like they’re blockin’
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