Product of the Week: StoneTether

November 21, 2014
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stonetetherStoneTether is for anyone that has ever found themselves searching the house for their lost car keys, misplaced laptop or any other precious item. This small and inconspicuous electronic tether will not only save you time looking for lost items but it can also provide peace of mind when you put it in your child’s pocket while in a crowded area or on your pet’s collar. This small device has a tracking range of 500 feet and sends alerts to your phone when an item it nearing that boundary. If however you lose an item that is beyond this 500 feet boundary you can use the StoneTether network to find its exact location at any range.

“StoneTether is not your ordinary wireless tracker, we designed this device specifically around the user, so it’s extremely small/thin and easy to use. It is the world’s first compact Bluetooth tracker that reaches a distance of 500 feet.This is achieved through a developed antenna combined with our proprietary software that reaches this incredible range and we are excited to say it’s built into StoneTether.”

The StoneTether is small, almost as small as a quarter, and as an engineering firm we can really appreciate the complexity of this and the aesthetic design incorporated seamlessly into this device.

Learn more about the StoneTether on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!

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Product of the Week: Ingocraft

November 14, 2014
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Just in time for the holiday season! Ingocraft is modernizing the world of traditional construction sets for children by incorporating 3D modeling and allowing families to 3D print customized pieces for the kit. As an engineering firm we understand the importance of engaging children at a young age by making learning fun and interactive. This kit not only makes learning fun but, it challenges children to learn new skills and use their imagination to create truly customized construction pieces for their personal kit.

“Ingocraft is a holistic approach to modern design/build, but for kids! Modern tech meets nuts and bolts, a combination to inspire and educate young people to be makers, inventors, creators, and future 3D printers.”

This kit would be great for family use or in the classroom. The introduction to 3D design and 3D printing are invaluable skills and the hands on approach is sure to excite and engage children.

Learn more about Ingocraft on Kickstarter!

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Prototypes: Do I really need one?

November 13, 2014
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“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

If you have recently been hit with an idea that you feel has commercial value and you want to take this idea one step further and build a business around it you might be asking yourself this crucial question…”Do I need a prototype?” Although you are not required to have a prototype to file a patent application, having a prototype simplifies this process and makes the process of going from an idea to a tangible business much easier.

3d designWhat is a prototype? A prototype is a depiction, example or even a finished and functioning product. You need one if you intend to test your idea, to improve your product and its component parts and ultimately to show or demonstrate it to investors, manufacturers or buyers for example.

Why should I prototype my idea? Prototyping gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your idea to potential buyers, get feedback from test groups and refine your product design. A prototype is almost seen as a necessity these days when you are trying to obtain funding from investors. A tangible object that investors can see function provides a better understanding of the product and its value.

It is also important to note that prototyping lets you finalize the best design possible before sending your product off to be manufactured. You will undoubtedly find flaws in your initial design and having a prototype lets you work out all of these kinks beforehand.

How much does a prototype cost? The answer to this question depends on a number of different factors, such as: size, components and complexity. To get a better idea of what your specific idea would cost to prototype we suggest that you find a firm that you are comfortable with, potentially has experience in the industry you would be going into and really understands your vision for the product to get a quote.

*If you would like to chat with us further about prototyping, the product development process or obtain a prototyping quote from us please contact us at info@3d-innovations.com

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Product of the Week: Anton Strainer Bowl

November 7, 2014
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antonThe Anton strainer bowl aims to thoroughly clean your produce and eliminate the hassle of using (and cleaning) multiple dishes when cooking. The ingenious design of this strainer allows you to reduce your water usage by 60% when properly cleaning your produce. With the Anton strainer bowl you no longer need to strain your produce and pasta in the bottom of the sink, but can instead leave it firmly on the kitchen counter; thus reducing the chance to bacteria contamination.

“We designed the Anton strainer bowl with the intention of having a sculptural object with a smooth handle that allows the liquid to be drained with a simple tilt. The handle allows you to drain the water on your own terms – in a sink, a cup or in a plant. Imagine that, a kitchen implement that allows you to be environmentally responsible twice. It fits beautifully on the counter and easily in the fridge or in the dishwasher.”

On the Kickstarter page you can view the CAD renderings of the Anton strainer bowl along with images of the prototype being 3D printed. We love seeing great design come to life!

Learn more about the Anton Strainer Bowl on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube!

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Product of the Week: SoapSeat

October 31, 2014
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We are always on the hunt for innovative products with fantastic design… Lately we have found designers on Kickstarter that are reinventing standard products and making them more efficient; The SoapSeat by Krevare is one of these products. The SoapSeat is revolutionizing the standard soap dish through exceptional design.

soapseatSoapSeat “is the only draining soap dish that adapts to its environment. Not only does it take on the look and blend with its surroundings, it adjusts to sit on flat or uneven surfaces like a raised rim sink, the edge of a tub, or a shower shelf or bench.” This design keeps your soap from getting soggy and increases the soap’s useful life while saving you money.

Besides the SoapSeat product design, one aspect of this Kickstarter campaign that stood out to us was the “Our Journey” section. As an engineering firm we understand the product design life cycle and can appreciate the detail and time that this company has put into the SoapSeat design. In one and a half years they have successfully gone from a simple CAD file to a fully functional product, and along the way filed the necessary patents to protect their design. We look forward to watching the continued Kickstarter success of the SoapSeat!

Learn more about the SoapSeat on Kickstarter and the official Krevare website. You can also follow SoapSeat on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

*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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Halloween STEM Projects

October 30, 2014
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halloweenMany of us have children that are beyond excited to dress up tomorrow in their Halloween costume and head door-to-door for some candy treats. Instead of letting them devour all of that candy, you can now help them turn some of it into a fun learning opportunity.

This Buzzfeed article, 19 Spooky STEM Projects For Kiddos This Halloween, has wonderful suggestions on how to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into Halloween. These projects are not only creative and educational but they would be great to do at home or even as a classroom lesson.

Have a wonderful Halloween!

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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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