Posts Tagged "rapid prototyping"

Patent Attorneys for New Product Development Lab

July 11, 2013

We are having a very busy summer here at 3D Innovations, and we are currently getting ready to help launch a Product Development Lab at the Manoa Innovation Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In preparation for the launch we are actively building relationships with local, national and global patent attorneys. We have a number of clients, small businesses and entrepreneurs that are interested in partnering with patent attorneys that handle “hardware” types of patents (i.e. widgets, anything that can be made from plastic, rubber, silicone and metal). If you are a patent attorney with this type of specialization or know a fellow patent attorney please contact us at When you contact us we can discuss the Product Development Lab further via e-mail or through a phone conference and see if this partnership would be a good match. We would love to have you as a resource for our entrepreneurs!

Learn more about us and the services we offer by visiting our website! If you have any questions or comments we can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (808) 722-8667.


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

Q&A Session: Prototyping, Product Design, 3D Printing & Much More…

June 13, 2013

“Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz

As you know, last week and this week we held two Product Development and Design Seminars in Hawaii. We found that these were not only a great opportunity to get out into the community, but these also proved very useful to help entrepreneurs and small businesses get their engineering, manufacturing, prototyping, 3D CAD, additive manufacturing/3D printing, product design and development questions answered. This got us thinking, there must be many more people out there that are curious about all of these design aspects as well, but just do not have a resource in which to ask their questions…Well now you do!

Please feel free to e-mail with your questions, or post them as a comment on this blog post because chances are that if you have a question, someone out there has the same question! We truly love educating entrepreneurs and small business owners about all aspects of the product development life cycle, so that in the end you are able to make a clear and informed decision about the future of your product.

Product Design & Development Seminar in Honolulu, HI on June 10, 2013


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

Jump Start Your Kickstarter Campaign

December 13, 2012

Kickstarter and 3D printing have been linked together in the news quite a bit recently because of an impending patent lawsuit. Well we are here to shed some light on how 3D printing can actually be used to enhance your future Kickstarter campaign and hopefully reel in the big investors!

With this new lawsuit, it is almost guaranteed that Kickstarter will crack down even more on their acceptance of new projects and they will continue to strictly follow guidelines that are set in place. The updated Kickstarter New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines states that ‘Product renderings are prohibited. Product images must be photos of the prototype as it currently exists’. This means that in order to even begin your Kickstarter campaign it is imperative to have a functional prototype of your product. By requiring a product prototype, Kickstarter is limiting the risk exposure potential investors face — You are not able to “promise” that your product will have certain functions, you must prove that your product does indeed have the described functionality. (This is where 3D printing comes into play.)

3D printing is a technology that can help you fabricate a completely functional prototype of your product. Businesses use 3D printing to test out new products before sending them on to manufacturing. The 3D printing technology really lets you get your hands on an actual product to test, modify and finalize the design. Entrepreneur magazine recently posted an article about creating a prototype and the distinct benefits associated with it (article: Creating a Product Prototype). Even if you do not plan on having a Kickstarter campaign, having a prototype will help you test the functionality of your product, describe your product more effectively and encourage others (i.e. potential investors) to take your idea more serious.

Here at 3D Innovations we have had the opportunity to help numerous small business design and develop functional prototypes. If you are interested in learning more about our prototyping services please contact us at: or by phone at (808) 722-8667. We help businesses all over the globe, so do not be shy about contacting us even if you do not live in Hawaii.


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

Innovation Has No Boundaries

September 13, 2012

Technology and innovation go hand-in-hand, and there is a video making its way around the internet, Beauty and the Beak, confirming that technology has no boundaries. In this video you will witness the beauty of determination, compassion and ingenuity as a mechanical engineer comes to the rescue of a critically injured bald eagle.


Original Vimeo post of Beauty and the Beak


Hit Rewind…The History of 3D Printing

March 22, 2012

The term 3D Printing is being linked to numerous industries and new products daily. By now we have all heard about the benefits that 3D printing brings to the business community and how it is allowing people at home to print some fun and useful items; but when exactly was this technology developed and how did it come to be?

The History of 3D Printing:

  • 3D Printing was developed by Charles Hull in 1984.
  • Mr. Hull, born May 12, 1939, was an inventor of over 60 U.S. patents in the fields of ion optics and rapid prototyping.
  • Mr. Hull’s patent for the “Apparatus for Production of Three-Dimensional Objects by stereo lithography”, issued on March 11, 1986, defined stereo lithography as a method and apparatus for making solid objects by successively “printing” thin layers of the ultraviolet curable material one on top of the other.
  • After obtaining the patent, In 1986 Mr. Hull founded 3D Systems and developed the first commercial 3D Printing machine. However the term “3D Printer” was not used by that time and the machine was called only as Stereolithography Apparatus.  *Watch Chuck Hull explain Stereolithography (video).
  • In 1988, 3D Systems delivered its first version of the machine, named SLA-250, to the public.
  • While Stereolithography systems had become popular by the end of 1980s, other similar technologies such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) were introduced.
  • FDM was invented in 1988 by Scott Crump who founded Stratasys in the next year to commercialize the technology.
  • In 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) patented another technology, named “3 Dimensional Printing techniques” (3DP), which is similar to the inkjet technology used in 2D printers.
  • In 1995, Z Corporation obtained an exclusive license from MIT to use the technology and started developing 3D Printers based on 3DP technology.
  • In 1996, three major products, “Genisys” from Stratasys, “Actua 2100” from 3D Systems and “Z402” from Z Corporation, were introduced. It was only during this period, the term “3D Printer” was first used to refer rapid prototyping machines.
  • In 2005, the Spectrum Z510, was the first high definition color 3D Printer in the market, launched.
  • In 2006, a breakthrough open source printing project, named Reprap, was developed in England. The rep-rap was capable of manufacturing various plastic parts, roughly 50% of itself.
  • In 2008, the first version of the Reprap, the Darwin, was released. In continued development of Reprap printers the next model developed was the Mendel.
  • In 2010 the first 3D printer was introduced that could produce functional prototype parts.
As you can see, 3D printing technology is not very old and has progressed at a rapid speed. We believe that the options are endless with the continued advancement and improvement of this technology. Where do you see this technology going from 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

For more information on this product or the design and manufacturing process, please email:


3D Innovations Can Reduce Your Prototyping Costs

October 19, 2011

Collin Kobayashi gave a presentation last week at the Inventors Club in Honolulu at the Manoa Innovation Center (MIC), and below are some key points that were discussed regarding the deign and prototyping phases.

1. 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping is integrated into the design process for:

  • Testing Form, Fit, and Function
  • Reducing tooling costs
  • Reducing prototyping costs
  • Utilizing 3D digital prototyping (CAD)
  • Decreasing production time by 300 – 500% and getting products to market faster
Reducing tooling costs and reducing prototyping costs can save your company money!

2. There is a big difference between building a “Conceptual” prototype and a “Functional” prototype.  Contact us at to learn about the differences and to see if you have been going in the right direction.

3. See how 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping is used for more than just creating prototypes.  It can also be used for production quality parts.


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