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Product of the Week: Sa (The Umbrella Reimagined)

October 24, 2014
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Fall is in full swing and winter is just around the corner. Many of us will be pulling out our umbrellas to fend of the rain and snow in the upcoming months. We have all struggled with frustrating umbrella issues and know that they can be a pain at times due to the complex wire frame and material that easily rips. The Sa is reimaging the traditional umbrella and aiming to make umbrella complications a thing of the past.

saSa “does away with the traditional skeleton and mesh umbrella structure, for a much more modern and efficient design. Beyond it’s completely new canopy design, the Sa also innovates with its environmentally conscious material choices, has a completely innovative internalized handle mechanism and magnetic closure system.” The traditional umbrella design has been past due for an updated design and it seems as though these two product designers have done just that and in a very innovative manner.

“Like origami, The Sa uses planar tension to generate its form. The inner and outer canopies expand and contract in unison to open and close the umbrella. This new design allows the umbrella to be lighter, since it does not need the added weight of an inner metal skeleton. Also, since there are no exposed, moving components, the umbrella is stronger and will last longer. Furthermore, since the material is flexible when not in tension, it can easily bounce back into shape, even when exposed to high winds.”

Learn more about the Sa on Kickstarter! You can also follow the parent company Nooka on Facebook and Twitter.

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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Product of the Week: KeyDisk 2

October 17, 2014
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As you know by now, here at 3D Innovations we love coming across products that help streamline our everyday life. The KeyDisk 2 (on Kickstarter) is one such product. This sleek and unobtrusive device is reinventing the way in which we carry our keys. Say goodbye to bulky key rings that don’t fit in your pocket, are hard to carry and easy to drop.

keydisk“Constructed from sandblasted and anodized aluminum, the KeyDisk 2 can hold up to 9 keys and is compatible with standard key rings/car remotes. Its sleek design allows it to fit comfortably anywhere.”

“With the KeyDisk’s hollowed design you are now able to easily see and draw out the key, and or keys needed in any situation.”

You can learn more about the KeyDisk 2 on Kickstarter, the official company website and Facebook!

 

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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Protect Your Invention

October 15, 2014
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Patenting your product is an important step towards success but not necessarily one of your first orders of business. “Only 2 to 3 percent of all patented products ever make it to market,” which means you are going to want to make sure your idea is a sound invention or viable business before the patent process begins.

Patents, Defined
What exactly is a patent? “A patent is a right granted by a government to an inventor. It gives the inventor the exclusive right, for a limited period, to stop others from making, using or selling the inventor’s product without the permission of the inventor. When a patent is granted, the invention becomes the property of the inventor. A patent–like any other form of property or business asset–can be bought, sold and licensed.”

In the Entrepreneur article, To Patent or Not to Patent, there is a helpful list of factors to consider before you delve into the patent application process:

  • Patent research. Make sure your idea isn’t infringing on someone else’s patent. To do that, you should conduct a “preliminary patent search.” This step will help ensure that your idea hasn’t already been patented. You can either hire an expert to help you or perform this step yourself.
  • Prototype. You should develop a basic prototype to determine your product’s functionality. This ensures you have a close-to-final design when you do file for a patent. (Changing materials or mechanics is difficult once your patent’s been filed.)
  • Market research. Define your market and determine how large it is. If it’s too small, your product may not be commercially viable.
  • Cost to manufacture. Determine how much it will cost to manufacture your product. If it costs more to make than the market is willing to pay, your invention is just a money pit.

Once you’ve determined there are no roadblocks to commercial success, it’s time to consider whether or not you need a patent. Just as many inventors patent their ideas and never take them to market, thousands of products in the market today aren’t patented–or even patentable–at all. In addition, your attorney may recommend filing for a copyright or trademark instead–an easier and less expensive process–if it makes legal sense.

Learn more about patents and the patent process in To Patent or Not to Patent.

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Product of the Week: Notion

October 10, 2014
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“Notion is a home intelligence system that uses a small, smart, multi-function sensor to detect unbelievable things.”

We decided to feature Notion as our “Product of the Week” because this product is working hard to make home intelligence accessible and affordable for everyone. The design of this home intelligence system is unparalleled; and the manner in which the company has kept the outward appearance of the entire system discrete and unobtrusive really helps it stand out from the crowd. The Notion system covers all of the basics of home security but the ability to monitor other aspects of your home as well really differentiates this system. With Notion you are able to monitor doors, windows but also the propane tank for your grill, the temperature of your refrigerator, different sound frequencies and so much more.

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“With Notion, you can know things like when your child returns from school, the second there is a water leak, if a gun safe has been accessed and much more. In fact, this is exactly why we built Notion; to allow you to monitor what you want in a way that makes sense for you and your family.”

Learn more about Notion on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company and its progress on Facebook and Twitter.

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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Product of the Week: AquaSprouts Garden

October 3, 2014
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Many of us today are urban dwellers, and though we love to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city, it does not allow us to have flourishing gardens and the chance to fully embrace an organic lifestyle that you would find outside of the city. The AquaSprouts Garden is a project we came across on Kickstarter that brings a garden indoors in an educational and stylish way. Whether you want to embrace gardening for the health benefits, family bonding or just a way to learn something new this gardening system is great for any home.

“The AquaSprouts Garden stylishly combines your aquarium and garden into a sustainable, desktop ecosystem.”

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How it Works: “Both practical and appealing, the AquaSprouts Garden is a unique product that uses aquaponic technology in a simple, compact design. Aquaponics is a closed-loop system in which fish and plants work together to create a sustainable ecosystem. When the fish are fed, they create waste that is pumped into the AquaSprouts grow-bed. Naturally occurring bacteria then break down the waste and saturate the grow-bed with nutrients— producing strong, healthy plants all while cleaning the water for the fish.”

Learn more about the AquaSprouts Garden on Kickstarter and the official website. You can also follow them and their Kickstarter progress on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

3D Innovations – Developing Ideas from Concept to Product

October 1, 2014
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We have just released a new company video and are excited to share it with all of our followers. Please take a moment to view it and feel free to share any feedback you may have with us!

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Product of the Week: BlocksCAD

September 26, 2014
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BlocksCAD is a “Kickstarter Staff Pick” and we can see why… This open-sourced 3D CAD program for students is a quick, easy and intuitive STEM education tool. As an engineering firm we understand the importance of teaching children the fundamentals early in order to pique their interest during formative years. BlocksCAD gives elementary school students the ability to dream up an object, model it and then print it on a 3D printer… Making the product design process fun and interactive!

blocksCADWhat is BlocksCAD? “Imagine a drag-and-drop 3D Computer Aided Design and modeling tool designed for use by elementary-age children. Then give it the features, flexibility, and power of a professional-level program. That tool is BlocksCAD and it’s in use here at Einstein’s Workshop, a hands-on learning center and kids makerspace in the Boston area. With this tool, we’ve had enormous success teaching 3D design to children as young as 8. The interface is easy for developing minds to grasp, with interlocking blocks and sliders, simple shapes, and quick visual 3D feedback.”

Learn more about BlocksCAD on Kickstarter and the official website.

**This Kickstarter campaign ends on October 4th and needs help reaching their funding goal.**

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

What’s next in 3D printing (TED talk video)

September 25, 2014
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There is a TED video circulating the internet, What’s next in 3D printing, by Avi Reichental. If you have not yet had a chance to watch it, we highly recommend it! We are sharing it on our blog so that our friends all get a chance to see the powerful video about 3D printing and what the future holds for the technology.

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Product of the Week: CYSPO OmniStation

September 19, 2014
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The CYSPO OmniStation solves an issue that many of us experience daily, charging all of our devices. This product aims to eliminate those crowded power strips and make charging your devices seamless. What really makes this charging stations stand out from the crowd is the fact that it can charge both wired and wireless devices at one time.

“Manage all of your chargeable devices with a single easy to use charging station. Charge cell phones, cameras, Bluetooth speakers, eBook readers, tablets and more. The OmniStation can charge all of your devices without tangled wires, without creating messy outlets, and without having to unplug one charger to use another.”

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“The OmniStation provides 6 customizable USB ports with interchangeable adapters, you can switch to your own cables with varying lengths for more charging flexibility. We have updated the Charging port so each one will be able to output 2.4A max for faster charging.”

You can learn more about the design process of the OmniStation on Kickstarter. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thank you!

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Let’s Get Social

September 18, 2014
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With so many different social media platforms out there it’s hard to always follow which ones your favorite companies are on. For our 3D Innovations and 3D Academy friends we want to connect with you!

You can find us sharing engineering, design, prototyping, manufacturing and STEM education information on…

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We love to see your comments and suggestions as well so please don’t hesitate to chat with us on any of these platforms.

Let’s connect today!

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