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Our Innovative Engineering Services

October 18, 2012

“What is it that you do exactly?” Like most businesses, this is a question that we hear frequently and most times we have to provide a quick summary under the umbrella term of “engineering” but the services we offer go far beyond that. Below you will find a list of the types of services we provide to our clients:

• Conceptual Designs through Photo-realistic Renderings
Let us create conceptual designs that convey your ideas by creating Photorealistic renderings that make your idea look realistic. When ready, transform your conceptual design into a final design that can be prototyped and manufactured.

• 3D models and Patent Drawings for Inventors
Have a great idea? We have helped many independent inventors take their ideas and transform them into products. We can provide designs, prototypes, injection mold/manufacture ready files, 3D models, and patent drawings.

• 2D to 3D Conversion – turning 2D Sketches into 3D Models
Need a 3D model? Send us your sketch or 2D data and we’ll convert it into a 3D model. Use the 3D model for manufacturing or get a part made using our 3D Printing services.

• Engineering Design/Drafting meeting ANSI/MIL Standards
Have 3D Innovations support your engineering/design team by creating designs and manufacturing drawings that meet ANSI/MIL standards.

• Product design – Development and Prototyping
Need to develop new designs? Contact us to see how we can streamline the design and manufacturing process. Use our various types of product design and prototyping services to get your designs developed into products.

• Industrial Design
Using our digital design methods, we can provide a virtual assembled design of your system to visually and functional identify any discrepancies before the system is built. See how 3D Innovations can help you achieve a shorter design cycle and build a more cost effective system.

• 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
Build functional prototypes quickly and more cost effectively by using 3D Printing to test and evaluate designs or use them to market your products. Contact us today to see how 3D Printing can bring your idea to reality. Click here to learn about 3D Printing.

• Manufacturing of Finalized Designs
Do you have finalized designs? We have the resources to support all of your manufacturing needs. We can provide Injection Molding, Casting, Sheet Metal, Thermoforming, and CNC resources.

• Design and Development of Renewable Energy Projects
We support the design and development of all types of Renewable Energy projects. From part design to assembly design, you will be able to visualize the product before it is created.

• Aftermarket Automotive – Parts Development
Need custom designed parts or components? 3D Innovations can provide you with design services to develop precision parts that can be retrofitted and installed to fit correctly.

• Research & Development
From Sheet Metal to custom manufactured parts, we can assist with your R&D and Design/Build projects. Need design documentation? We can provide Fabrication/Manufacturing, Part drawings, and Assembly drawings to fit your specific needs.

• Medical Devices Prototypes and Development
Our custom design services can provide your company with prototype and production parts to get your devices through the design and development stages. We can provide Injection Molding and Manufacturing designs to get parts manufactured more cost effectively and ready for introduction into market segments.

As you can see, we offer a wide variety of engineering services. If you are looking for an engineering partner, contact us today!

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Sustainable Product Design

January 11, 2012

Now that the holidays are complete and we are all having fun learning how to use our new “toys”, we thought that it was an appropriate time to take a moment to think about the ecological lifespan of our gifts. Many of our gifts will probably break by next Christmas and will make their way into our trash cans, and our time with them will be complete…but these items will continue to impact our environment for many, many years in most cases. Desktop Engineering featured an article “Sustainable Design as a Balancing Act” and we wanted to share with you some highlights from it and how CAD is helping manufacturers and consumers learn more about their product’s ecological lifespan.

“The sleek mobile tablet at your fingertips, the stylish sunglasses in your pocket, and the point-and-shoot camera you use to capture your Kodak moments–they all have an ecological lifespan that’s much longer than you think. The time the product remains in your possession–its duration of operation and service–may be just a few months (a pair of sunglasses) to a couple of years (a tablet or a digital camera), but its ecological footprint has been established long before you pick it up from your local mall. It will continue to grow long after its disposal. A series of decisions made in the manufacturing process–using polycarbonate instead of scratch-resistant borosilicate materials for a lens, or using injection molding instead of machining for a latch–affects a product’s environmental impact.

The office of Fred Sparks, an industrial design agency has, quite literally, helped shaped many familiar household products, ranging from football helmets and golf bags to outdoor furniture. Fred Sparks is often hired as a design consultant to develop sustainable solutions to existing products. Because its role is consultative, the firm doesn’t always have access to 3D CAD models of the products. “Sometimes, those files exist in a factory somewhere in China, and the factory doesn’t want to give up that [intellectual property],” observes Harris.

Just as CAD users would catalog the content of their assembly in a BOM, Sustainable Minds subscribers use the software’s web-based input system to create an itemized bill of a product’s lifecycle. In this case, the lifecycle includes not only a list of objects to be manufactured (camera housing, lens, battery, memory chip release latch, etc.), but certain aspects of manufacturing that are bound to have an impact on the environment as well–such as transportation methods, choice of materials, and disposal methods.

SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress

CAD Integration
Sustainable Minds works as a standalone web-based program, but the company has worked with Autodesk to ensure that, if you upload a BOM exported from Autodesk Inventor CAD package, the appropriate fields are automatically populated with the right numbers–for instance, component volumes and material specifications, as deduced from the 3D CAD assembly model.

Increased attention to LCA and green design has prompted some CAD software makers to add environmental impact assessment tools to their 3D modeling interface. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor–two fierce competitors in the design software market–have both incorporated the function.

In manufacturing today, the challenge is to find the right balance of durability (how well does the product perform under duress?), sustainability (how safe is it for the environment?), and cost (how much does it cost to make it?). It is, indeed, a tall order to come up with a design that satisfies all three criteria, but such is the demand of the consumers today.”

To read the complete article from Design Engineering click here.

From Design to Manufacturing: The SquareWRAP

October 23, 2011

One of our customers, The SquareWRAP, just launched their project on KickStarter. 3D Innovations provided design and manufacturing support to turn this idea into a tangible reality.

The project was based around the easy to use Square Credit Card reader and their free application that allows just about anyone to start accepting credit cards.

-Click here for a short video about Square

The only downfall with this device is that the small compact size of the Square Credit Card reader makes it prone to becoming misplaced, lost or damaged. This is where 3D Innovations came in to help develop a solution for this vulnerable device.

The SquareWRAP invented an intuitive, simple and easy to use carrying case solution for the Square Credit Card reader that allows you to safely and securely carry it with you at all times on your key ring, attached to your bag, a belt loop, on a neck lanyard or any number of carry configurations and 3D helped design and manufacture the end product.

AND, it also protects the Square Credit Card reader from being damaged by the day-to-day exposure to the contaminants and environmental elements you may encounter on a daily basis.

Video: See the project on Kickstarter

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