Posts Tagged "robotics"

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.

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (May 27th – May 31st)

May 31, 2013

Your weekly news roundup has arrived! This week there was a major buzz around the fact that the space station will be getting a 3D printer of its own in 2014. Shapeways has also developed a “squeezable” plastic 3D printing material–this could enhance prototyping capabilities even further in the near future. In the world of STEM, Lego is also working to make tinkering “cool” again for children and they have developed a very impressive R&D lab (How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers).

We highly suggest that you check out the  Wohler’s Associates and McKinsey reports related to 3D printing that were recently released. Both reports give some great information as to the current state of the industry and future economic and growth predictions.

If you would like to share a news article with the 3D Innovations community, please leave a link to the article as a comment on this blog post. 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.

Inspiring Students To Think About STEM

May 30, 2013

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” – D. Blocher

Throughout life we are each inspired by different things…some of us are inspired by a certain professor while others of us are inspired a quest for answers and knowledge…while our inspiration comes from different places, it instills in us a universal drive to succeed. We wanted to reach out to our parents, teachers and educators with this blog post to learn a bit as to how they work to inspire students. How do you light the inspiration spark in students? To take it a bit further, How do you inspire students in STEM fields?

We have come up with some ways in which we have seen students become inspired throughout their educational journey.

  1. Hands-on Activity: We have seen this time and time again, when students are able to actively participate in the classroom we see them become fully engaged with the material. Our educational company, 3D Academy, works with schools and after-school programs to provide interactive education opportunities with 3D CAD, prototyping and 3D printing and each time we actively engage with the students we see their eyes light up because we are using a teaching model that emphasizes trial-and-error rather than lectures.
  2. Field Trips: It is no secret that students love getting out of the classroom and exploring. Whether it is a class field trip or a family trip to the local science museum you see students learning and becoming inspired.
  3. Group Competitions: Robotics competitions are everywhere these days, and what is more powerful than coming together with fellow students to design and build an actual robot? Answer: Nothing. Students become inspired by seeing their work come to life and these kind of competitions often lead students into future STEM careers.
  4. Mentors: Mentoring a student is a very powerful way of helping them see the “cool” side of STEM careers. Having this one-on-one contact with a student allows them to get any questions they have answered and your influence might just be the inspiration they were needing.

Please leave a comment on this blog post with your own ideas about inspiring students, and we will grow the list together!


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) Technology. 3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms.

The Magic of Robohand

May 9, 2013

This is just one of those news stories that leaves you inspired, and this is precisely why we wanted to share it with our 3D Innovations community.

Makerbot has released a video about how a group of hackers built 3D-printed hands for children and adults who are missing fingers or entire hands. The project aims to take the cost and complexity associated with hand prosthesis out of the process. It is working.

In short, the Robohand project is an effort to release the plans for a completely open-source, 3D-printable hand. The fingers close when the user bends his or her wrist and the parts can be printed on any 3D printer. It’s perfect for kids because, as they grow, caregivers can simply upgrade the hand with a few mouse clicks.

How Do I Get A Robohand? Robohand was not imagined as a service or a product. Instead, Richard has shared the design files and instructions for creating a Robohand on Thingiverse so that people around the world can download, customize, print, and assemble Robohands for themselves or for others.

To read the full blog post on Marerbot, click here.

To read the full article by Tech Crunch, click here.

Can we really use 3D printing to ‘harvest’ asteroids in space?

January 24, 2013

Every once in a while we see a 3D printing news story that makes us stop and scratch our heads…this is one of them, Mining Company Will Use 3D Printer To Turn Raw Asteroids Into Valuable Metal Parts. Right now this concept is challenging to grasp because of the mere fact that 3D printers are still evolving here on earth, and sending one to an asteroid to harvest platinum group metals…well it sounds a little out of this world.

Deep Space Industries

We do admire the imagination, determination, and innovation of Deep Space Industries and would love to see the company successfully complete the project by 2020. We do however have our reservations about the feasibility of this plan.

What do you think, does this project sound a little more sci-fi than real life?

Engineering A Better Future

January 17, 2013

We recently posted a video to our 3D Innovations Twitter page from AutoDesk “Wouldn’t it be cool if… you could engineer a better world?” and we received a lot of retweets and likes. This got us thinking about the power of the message. Many of the people passing this video along were not necessarily “engineers” but they all had a unified and common bond of wanting to build a better world.

In the video you are intoruced to inventor Saul Griffith  and he asks whether engineers fully realize how big their influence on the world can be. He challenges all engineers, designers and makers to stretch their notions of what is possible, and to tackle environmental challenges with rigor and ingenuity. He encourages us all to treat everything in life as a little engineering problem: to keep moving, thinking, and dreaming up big ideas.

So now we are posing the question to you, How would you engineer a better world? You don’t have to be an engineer to answer this…I am sure there are students and professionals in other fields out there that have some great ideas and we would love to hear them!

Meet Our CEO: Collin Kobayashi, 3D Designer/Engineer

January 10, 2013

NAME: Collin Kobayashi
EDUCATION: Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), B.S. in Manufacturing Design

3D designers like Collin Kobayashi are engineering the future through innovative product development using 3D technology.


What is your job?
In addition to managing and operating 3D Innovations as President and Principle Consultant, I work to turn 2D sketches into a 3D object through the use of a software program called CAD. CAD stands for Computer-aided Design and is the first step in starting the product development cycle. Most products that are made today are designed through the use of CAD, from your iPhone or iPad to tables and chairs.

I also work in an educational capacity to provide 3D CAD and pre-engineering training for middle, high school, and post- secondary education students with the 3D Academy, a division of 3D Innovations.

Why did you choose this career?
CAD came out in the late 1980’s as a 2D system. My interest in product design started as I was finishing high school in the mid 1990’s. At that time the market was changing from 2D to 3D and once I learned what 3D is all about I was hooked. From there I wanted to be involved with the design and manufacturing processes to learn about different industries and how systems are designed to fit with today’s technology. I was also interested to see the various engineering aspects of technology products.

Once I was established in the field I became interested in helping students learn about 3D engineering. 3D Academy was started as an extension of 3D Innovations, taking the engineering/design and manufacturing processes and integrating it with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs that enable students to learn important core academic skills. STEM education has been supported for many years now to provide students with industry and real life skills. My motivation for starting 3D Academy was to provide students with these valuable opportunities that were not available to me during my high school education and to prepare them for a competitive technological career.

Explain what an average day at work is like for you.
When we begin a project for a client, one of the most common things that we get from them is some sort of idea or input that could be in the form of a picture, sketch or in some cases a detailed drawing. Customers come to us because they need to have their idea taken from their 2D format and turned into a 3D model. Once we get the idea plugged into the CAD program we then refine it based on customer needs. Sometimes the clients need the object to look a certain way or function in a certain way and we ensure those aspects are integrated into the 3D model.

Can you talk a little bit about 3D printing?
One of the methods we use to validate a completed design is 3D printing. 3D printing has been around for 15 or so years now, but it has really come alive in the past 2 or 3 years through more robust technology. 3D printing builds a product in layers based on a CAD design. If you can imagine taking an everyday water bottle that stands about 8 inches high, through 3D printing technology we are able to print it in many paper-thin layers and evaluate if our design will work. One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing is that it allows us to test and evaluate product designs before they go to market.

Was there a moment when you knew that you wanted to become a 3D engineer? 
Being involved with the advances in the early stages of this industry was exciting and motivated me to continue down this pathway. Being able to see that designing a product or system was within my realm solidified my decision to further develop my knowledge to enter this industry and career path.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in your journey to becoming a 3D engineer?
Most of the technical classes that I took in college were challenging because I was never exposed to the areas that my peers had been exposed to for several years. My personal challenge was trying to keep pace with my peers and apply what I was learning to my educational projects, and eventually my daily career activities. Behind all technical activities lies the entrepreneurial aspect of my business. The main challenges are trying to position the business to provide the best possible service while monitoring any changes in the market that might affect our company business model. Keeping up with technology is always challenging as it changes rapidly and systems quickly become obsolete.

Was there a person who inspired or convinced you to get involved in your field? Who was he/she and how did he/she do it?
Initially, I was not inspired or convinced by anyone to get into the areas of entrepreneurship, engineering/design or manufacturing. Yet, throughout the years of my career, I have met many people and colleagues who have shared their vision of business and technology, which had a profound effect on me. I really believe those experiences positively impacted my decision to remain in the interdisciplinary field that I’m currently in.

To learn even more about Collin Kobayashi check out the STEM Works article about him, or contact him at

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (December 10th – December 14th)

December 14, 2012

As another week wraps up we are reminded that 3D printing is an ever changing technology that is constantly testing the limits of innovation. Just by glancing at the news sources for the popular 3D printing articles this week, we see that this technology has moved out of the realm of “hobbyists” only and into the mainstream news. Again, we look forward to the evolution of 3D printing and what changes we will see in the technology as 2013 (quickly) approaches.

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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (December 3rd – December 7th)

December 7, 2012

This week we witnessed two of the leading 3D printing companies unite. We are intrigued to see what kind of innovative and forward-thinking technology will come out of this merger between Stratasys and Objet. On the STEM education front, a state traditionally focused on finance has initiated the process of shifting away from finance and into STEM education. Will New York become known as the mecca of STEM education in the United States in the near future? Only time will tell. Please share your thoughts with us!

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3D Academy – In the Classroom

December 5, 2012

We recently put together a video for 3D Innovations, and we have now completed a new video for 3D Academy! We would like to thank isisHawaii for their contribution to this video. Please take moment to view it and let us know what you think.

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

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available statewide and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV, BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.