Category Archives: How To Make: Design, Prototype & Build Stuff

How To Make A Product Prototype In The Digital Fabrication Age

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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The New Industrial Product Design Process In A Digital Making World

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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The Graphic Design Principles And Elements Every Maker Should Know

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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How To Create A Product To Sell

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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Top 10 Tips To Reduce Laser Cutting Costs

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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Design Made Easy With Inkscape Vector Tutorials

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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Your Four-Part Guide To Getting Ready For Holiday Sales – Part 4

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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Adobe Illustrator Tools For Makers

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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Your Four-Part Guide To Getting Ready For Holiday Sales – Part 3

How To Promote Laser Cut Products For The Biggest Sales Season Of The Year

Now that the days are getting shorter and the temps are getting cooler (in the northern hemisphere, at least), it’s a little easier to continue getting ready for the holiday sales season.

There are lots (LOTS!!!) of details when it comes to getting a product designed, made and promoted to sell for the holiday season. To give you the greatest chance of success,

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Your Four-Part Guide To Getting Ready For Holiday Sales – Part 2

How To Make, Package And Price Laser Cut Products For The Biggest Sales Season Of The Year

Let’s face it: Getting a product designed, made and promoted to sell for the holiday season is no small task. There are lots of details. And to have the greatest chance of success, you don’t want to wait until the last minute!

That’s why last month we kicked off a four-part holiday sales series to help you work through the process step-by-step.

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