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Transforming engineering
The list of industries experiencing huge disruption fueled by “technology” is growing by the day.
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Design for Manufacturing: 7 Things Every Designer Should Know
Designers and engineers share responsibility for design for manufacturing (DFM), or designing products for optimized manufacturing ease and cost.
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Top 5 lessons from Badger Shield project
Badger Shield gave me the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing group of men and women this year – designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. I expect to have built lifelong collaborators and friends through this trial by virus. (For background, read the article in Wired).
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Affordable PPE for the developing world
The Badger Shield has shown that a distributed supply chain can create massive quantities of effective and cost-effective personal protective equipment (PPE) in a short time. Can this model translate to the developing world if COVID-19 cases start to rise in African, SE Asian and Latin American urban centers?
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Operation #BadgerShield
Since we posted a blog post talking about how the Open Source Face Shield project had started to supply the University of Wisconsin hospitals with this critical personal protection equipment (PPE), our team has had little time to breathe.
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Face shield designs to fill the gap
We are all feeling a little helpless in the face of COVID-19. We are looking for ways to help. Face shield shortages are putting health workers at risk.
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Pushing each other along
Though we work in the service industry for larger corporations on a day-to-day basis, some of my favorite opportunities come in the form of community work.
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Front ends, air flow, boats and aesthetics
So I promised our marketing department I’d do a blog on our recent adoption of a telemedicine benefit for our employees.
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#InstantGratification
“Wait. Is that it? Did the needle already go in? I can’t believe it!”
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Engineering in the fun
Jonathan Spangler feels like he has played “Folsom Prison Blues” to more audiences than anyone in history.
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We are an open book
The only intellectual property Design Concepts “owns” are the brains of our team while they are working on sticky problems for our clients.
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Engineering during the “Fuzzy Front End” of development
The “fuzzy front end” of product development can pose some unique challenges for engineers.
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Confessions of a (former) tribal warrior
I have a confession to make. My co-worker Stefanie used to drive me nuts.
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Were the Wright Brothers wrong?
Many of our clients, from startups to multi-national medical device manufacturers, pursue patents on the products and services we help them design.
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Do the math!
In a world where we can go from a CAD model to a 3D printed part well within a typical working day, it’s easy to get excited about just how fast one can iterate and explore design alternatives.
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The Viability Crevasse
Have you noticed how many crowdsourcing hits fail to bridge the chasm between viral video and sellable product?
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Everyday Genius: Toothbrushes
Many of us go through our day using things like a toothbrush, kitchen utensils and other simple items.
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The role of virtual prototyping in product development
When you have to make a bunch of something or something where failure isn’t an option (a parachute, for instance), you better make sure that you’re making the right thing and that you’re sure it will work.
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Of MGBs and multidisciplinary machines
I was given a personal example of the power of a multidisciplinary approach to innovation a few weekends back when I found myself coincidentally working on very similar parts of cars built in two very different eras.
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The future of engineering
Recently, I was asked by the University of Wisconsin to share my thoughts on the future of engineering education as the keynote speaker at their 2016 Engineering Innovation Showcase.
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Design approach selected for adjustable hand cycle
We recently met with the adaptive sports experts at No Limits Kids Fitness to choose one of several design approaches for our hand cycle.
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Suck up ... tear down
A neighbor of mine left this stunning post-war (~1950) Electrolux XXX at their curb. I snatched it, immediately hoping to convert it to a table lamp. I was blown away by the industrial design and the workmanship.
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Creating a bike that works for all kids
In late 2014, Design Concepts worked with No Limits Kids Fitness to launch an Indiegogo campaign to help us build a prototype of an adjustable hand cycle that grows with kids with physical disabilities.
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I’ve played squash since I was a teenager.
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Details, details, details ...
Living in Wisconsin I find that I need to have a certain mindset to embrace the change of seasons and prepare for the inevitable cold and snow that will eventually blanket the Midwest. Typical annual rituals for me involve putting snow tires on the car, winterizing the lawn mower and digging the snow blower out of the shed.
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Developing an introvert’s superpower
Do you know someone who can absorb a vast amount of complex information about a problem and combine it into a cohesive, elegant solution?
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BioReactor could have big impact on saving small hearts
We recently heard from a valued client of ours and learned some great news. Using the BioReactor we helped design and manufacture, Dr. Richard Hopkins and his team at Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, have been able to reach a major milestone in their development of a process for replacing heart valves in children.