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Top 2019 3D Innovations Blog Posts

3D Innovations is a leader in product development.As 2019 comes to a close our 3D Innovations team is looking back on the year and setting goals for 2020. This past year was especially rewarding as we helped a number of entrepreneurs launch their business ideas and assisted other businesses with various product development and manufacturing solutions. We also saw The Baby Toon make a splash on ABC’s Shark Tank and secure a deal with Lori Greiner.

Below are a few of our top blog posts from the past year.

Entrepreneurship Needs STEM Education

While the focus is on educating students around the four subjects—science, technology, engineering and math—the true value of these subject areas goes far beyond an engineering career or science major. STEM education provides a solid foundation for entrepreneurship.

The Baby Toon – From Science Fair to Shark Tank

Our 3D Innovations client, The Baby Toon, was featured on the Season 11 Premiere of Shark Tank and was able to successfully secure a deal with Lori Greiner. Inventor of The Baby Toon, Cassidy Crowley (age 10), and her family have been on this startup journey for three years now and watching it culminate with a deal on Shark Tank was certainly a highlight for them and us.

Licensing Agreement Basics for Startups

For many inventors a licensing agreement is often a great option since it lets them develop a product, but then puts the expenses associated with commercialization on a more experienced manufacturer.

3D Printing: Discover New Design Possibilities

3D printing technology, also referred to as additive manufacturing, allows you to explore design possibilities without typical design constraints. This means that new shapes and figures that are not easily manufactured, or that are impossible to manufacture with traditional manufacturing methods, are now within the realm of possibility. Complex geometries, quick turnaround times and customization are a few of the main reasons that 3D printing has risen to popularity among a number of top industries: aerospace, automobile, dentistry and medical industries have all embraced additive manufacturing technology.

How can a product development firm help me?

A product development firm should be your partner in this startup journey. Having a great product idea is exciting, executing that idea though can be a bit tricky since the road to product commercialization to fraught with obstacles. Often, startup founders turn to a product development firm to help make their idea a reality.

Exploring STEM Subjects During Summer Break

Diving deeper and exploring STEM subjects during summer break allows students to find what truly interests them. In school, there is a curriculum to follow and goals to meet; however, the unstructured summer months let students explore their own interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. They can dig deeper into subject matter, which helps them not only grasp concepts better, but gives them a better understanding of the world around them.

We can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Our 3D Innovations team wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!

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STEM toys make excellent hands-on education gifts.

STEM Toys — Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

STEM toys make excellent hands-on education gifts.STEM toys have grown in popularity as parents and schools are recognizing the importance of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education opportunities. With Christmas just a week away, it is “crunch time” for those on your holiday list. If you are searching for last minute STEM toys check out the list below for some inspiration.

Legos

Legos are the original STEM toys. Whether you are gifting a box of Duplos (for younger children), classic Lego pieces, a Creator Kit, a Robotics Kit or a Coding Set this toy is always a hit. Children of all ages learn problem-solving, communication, collaboration, engineering and design with Legos. The creativity and imagination that goes into building with Legos helps students in all aspects of their education, best of all, they are learning through hands-on play.

Magna-Tiles

This award-winning magnetic building set is fun for all ages. From the youngest children who are learning shapes, to older children that are learning about 3D structures—this toy brings these concepts to life. Magna-Tiles encourage creativity, allow kids to explore science concepts (with magnets), develop fine-motor skills and teach critical thinking.

Marble Maze

A popular classroom engineering challenge is to build a marble maze. In the classroom, a marble maze can be made of anything from paper plates to carboard cutouts. Marble mazes are an excellent engineering tool and really challenge students’ problem-solving techniques. Finishing the maze and watching the marble race down the track is a gratifying experience for children. There are marble maze kits available for children based on age and skill level.

STEM Subscription Box

STEM subscription boxes are very popular. Each month a box is delivered to your door and it contains fun activities that focus on a central theme—i.e. robotics, chemistry, plant life cycles. The activities are tailored by age and provide a hands-on opportunity to dig deeper into concepts. See 12 STEM subscription box options here.

3D Printer

3D Academy is your STEM education partner.As a company that regularly utilizes 3D printing technology in business and as an education tool with our 3D Academy, we had to include a 3D printer on this list. This is an ultimate engineering gift. There are a number of at-home 3D printer options available on the market today, and we suggest reading reviews to find the option that will work best for the gift recipient.

3D printing technology is making its way into schools, and chances are that many students have at least heard of the technology. A 3D printer is a way of bringing designs to life—whether you are creating jewelry, ornaments or replacement parts—the design options are truly endless.

We hope that these STEM toys have sparked an idea to help you find that perfect holiday gift.

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Technology development in 3D printing and robotics in 2019 and 2020.

Technology Development—Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Technology development in 3D printing and robotics in 2019 and 2020.Technology development is happening astonishingly fast when you sit back and think about it. 3D printing, AI, VR and robotics made leaps and bounds within the last year and have experienced unprecedented growth within the last decade. Today, technology touches most aspects of our lives—from our ‘smart’ homes to our cars and everything in between.

It’s that time of the year where we start to look at what 2019 brought us and what we can expect in the new year. Below we are sharing five of our favorite technology development related ‘look back’ and ‘look ahead’ pieces.

The 9 Most Disruptive Technology Trends of 2019 (Design News)

What were the breakthrough technologies for 2019? The answer depends on who you ask. Several common themes have emerged such as cobots, emerging energy source, AI, and cybersecurity breaches.

Top 10 Technologies to Watch in 2020 (Industry Week)

We live in an age where new technologies hit the market almost daily. The question is will manufacturers find meaningful applications for latest advances? In some instances, it is just a matter of a new technology development hitting the market at the wrong time. In other cases, it may not make sense. When technology has staying power, it often has the ability to revolutionize how manufacturers operate.

Industrial 3D Printing Market Expected to Hit $16 Billion by 2020 [Report] (Thomas Net)

As a snapshot of the market’s forecasted growth, the 2019 Wohlers Report — viewed by experts as a top source for the pulse of the 3D printing industry — forecasts that the market value for 2020 is $15.8 billion for all 3D printing products and services worldwide. That figure is expected to surge to $23.9 billion in 2022 and $35.6 billion in 2024. Likewise, a January forecast from Statista shows that global spending on 3D printing in 2019 is projected to be $13.8 billion, up 21.2% from a year earlier.

The 15 Most Influential Technologies of the Decade (Design News)

It’s been a busy decade in the tech space. New innovations emerged and older ones finally matured in ways that have had a major impact. The 2010s brought us the rise of 3D printing, the rebirth of VR, and an explosion in AI technologies. The health industry was all about wearables. And a digital currency gold rush made us rethink encryption.

How to think about 3D printing in 2020 (Design News)

One of the most consequential aspects of 3D printing is the capability to produce objects that often cannot be manufactured using any other existing technology. At a fundamental level, 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, can consolidate parts in a single assembly. That creates unprecedented design opportunities, but to take full advantage of them, design engineers need to retool their thought process.

What technology developments do you think will have a major impact in 2020 and the next decade?

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Product development basics for first-time hardware entrepreneurs.

Product Development Basics for Hardware Entrepreneurs

In this post we are going over the product development basics for our friends thinking of launching their dream in the new year. As one year ends and another begins, it’s time for many to look ahead to the possibilities of what a brand new year can bring. If you have been mulling over a hardware product idea in your head and are ready to take that next step, the new year is a great time to get going on it. Below we are sharing product development basics to help get you started.

Product development basics for first-time hardware entrepreneurs.

Document Your Idea

Write your idea down in detail. Talk about the functionality of your product, what it looks like and what you want it to achieve. Writing the details down will ensure that you don’t forget anything and help clarify the idea for yourself.

The documentation process doesn’t have to happen at one time, but instead, may evolve over time as you continue to build upon your idea and narrow its scope.

Create Requirements

Now that you have your idea documented, start creating a requirements list—functionality that your product “must” have. You are narrowing in on the main functionality of your product and why it will appeal to consumers.

Once you have this information, you can create a 3D design to virtually validate and test your product. 3D design testing and analysis is a great way to prove your concept and at this stage making changes is easy. This is also a good time to start thinking about IP protection for your hardware product.

Build a Prototype

Depending on the type of hardware product you want to develop, you might be able to make a prototype at-home with traditional household items. However, keep in mind that this prototype won’t suffice as you head into manufacturing. In the very early stages, a homemade prototype will help convey your idea to potential investors and customers. As you move towards manufacturing, you are going to need a functional prototype developed using DFM (design for manufacturability) methodology to ensure a smooth transition into manufacturing.

Solicit Feedback

Using your prototype, it is time to reach out to those potential customers to get their feedback and insight. At this stage you want to know what customers like about your product and what they don’t. Keep in mind that you might have to re-evaluate the design of your product if you are receiving feedback indicating that change is needed—these design changes may deviate from your initial idea, but ultimately you want to meet your customers’ needs.

Head to Manufacturing

Once you have finalized your design and are happy with the feedback you are receiving from your target market, it’s time to manufacture. Finding the right manufacturing partner can be an intimidating process, but you want to be sure that you are comfortable with your manufacturer since this could be a make or break stage for your hardware product.

Commercialize

It’s time to launch! During the commercialization stage you will develop distribution channels and finally get to see your product on store shelves. With the hard work it took to get to this stage, seeing your product in the hands of your customers is extremely gratifying.

Now that we have gone over product development basics at a high level, you can dig further into these topics on our blog. If you have additional questions, we are happy to help. Please send us an email at info@3d-innovations.com

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