Product of the Week: The BevPod Slim Cooler

May 1, 2015
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Lately traditional coolers have undergone a major redesign to fit our active lifestyles. We have witnessed the Coolest Cooler find enormous Kickstarter success through a completely re-imagined design and, here at 3D Innovations, we have assisted Sachi Kitchenware’s development of the Pupu Cooler, which is compact and great for transporting snacks. There is no denying that coolers are rapidly transforming.

bevpodThis week we decided to feature another innovative cooler, the BevPod. This cooler is extremely thin and easy to transport, which are two uncommon characteristics of most other coolers. Measuring in at just 3 inches wide and weighing only 3 lbs. means this cooler can easily fit into a backpack or tote. The BevPod  would be great for a trip to the beach, an afternoon at the park or the day at a sporting event. “The slim cooler leverages insulating materials that are rigid and hold form so that your drinks don’t roll around and the custom ice pack is designed to complement the cooler and slip right into place. A water-resistant lining inside BevPod makes for quick cleanup after a day of fun!”

Learn more about the BevPod on Kickstarter! You can also follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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3D Printing Captures the Imagination

April 21, 2015
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Design_News_LOGOAdditive manufacturing (a/k/a 3D printing) has captured the attention of not only tech enthusiasts but almost every single industry out there. This technology is quickly expanding and moving beyond its initial prototyping function. “Although analyst predictions differ, all are in agreement that the 3D printing industry is growing and likely will continue to grow at a notable pace. Wohlers Report 2014, for example, puts the worldwide 3D printing industry at $3.07 billion in 2013 and anticipates that figure will reach $12.8 billion by 2018 and over $21 billion by 2020.” These are astonishing figures considering that just 10 years ago this technology was no where near this popular.

Another interesting way to analyze the 3D printing market is by looking at how wildly popular the technology is on crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter. Design News posted an article today, Top 10 3D Printing Projects, in which you garner a clear understanding of where the technology is and where it is going through Kickstarter statistics. “Without fail, the most popular of these projects are funded at seven or 10 times the amount the originator hoped to raise. Most received funding within a thirty day funding window and some were funded in minutes.” 3D printing is one of those technologies that piques your curiosity and captures your imagination.

Read the full Design News article and view the slideshow here.

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2015 Hawaii STEM Conference: CAD Competition

April 20, 2015
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stemconfThe 6th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference concluded this past weekend and we had the honor of being part of it once again. This year 3D Innovations held a CAD competition that was focused on having teams develop a design solution based on an existing problem presented to them. The challenge was to design a custom bike light that will easily mount to the handle bars on a child size bike. The students utilized Solidworks to produce their digital designs. The challenging part for the teams involved taking the requirements they were given and simultaneously addressing all of the design specifications.

Once the students had completed the task, they then presented their design outcome, photo renderings, anticipated material costs and packaging designs/options to a panel of expert judges. Maui High School presented an outstanding design solution and came in first place! This team was cohesive and had great communication which helped them take the lead. It was great to see that all of the student participants in the competition showed determination and strong problem solving skills.

We would be remiss without mentioning the keynote speaker at the conference, Titan Gilroy of Titan America Manufacturing. Titan grew up in Hawaii and fought an uphill battle for a good portion of his life and has come out on top. He is the proud owner of a CNC machining company and a major proponent of american manufacturing. His story really resonated with the audience and his charisma was inspiring. You can learn more about his company on the official Titan America MFG website and more about Titan himself on the Alliance for American Manufacturing website.

Please visit our Facebook page to view the photos we snapped at the conference in our 2015 Hawaii STEM Conference album.

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Product of the Week: HYDAWAY

April 17, 2015
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We know that staying hydrated is just one small step we can make to living a healthy lifestyle. Many of us try our best to stay hydrated throughout the day, but it can be quite a challenge if you are not reaching for a convenient disposable water bottle. HYDAWAY is a handy alternative to disposable plastic water bottles.

hydaway“HYDAWAY is an easy-to-use, reusable water bottle designed for people with active lifestyles who are searching for an alternative way to carry water that’s just as convenient as buying bottled water.” With 50 billion plastic water bottles being thrown away each year, and less than 25% being recycled, HYDAWAY is offering an environmentally friendly alternative. The compact design of HYDAWAY makes it truly innovative and an ideal companion for an active lifestyle.

“Whether you’re a frequent flier, a mile-a-minute mom, a weekend warrior or just someone who thirsts for thoughtful design, HYDAWAY fits the life you live. No more lugging around bulky ‘empties’, no more disposables in landfills, no more hard to clean bottles. HYDAWAY is flat out ready to go, whenever and wherever.”

From a design perspective, we love seeing the stages of development on the HYDAWAY project timeline!

Learn more about the HYDAWAY on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kick-start Your Crowdfunding Campaign

April 14, 2015
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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

Concept 3D PrintingSo you have an idea that you believe it viable and would be a crowdfunding success but are unsure where to begin. At this stage in the game you probably have thousands of questions running through your mind. What would be my crowdfunding goal? How do I find a manufacturer? Is a prototype necessary? Where do I turn for packaging design?

While setting up your crowdfunding campaign is exhilarating, it is critical that you are well prepared. Below are points to consider as you are preparing to launch your campaign.

1. Don’t Underestimate Product Costs. One major issue facing new inventors is how easy it can be to underestimate the actual cost of bringing a product to market. Crowdfunding is typically an all or nothing funding approach, so depressing the funding goal is a common error. Without a proper funding target you are creating future issues and doing a major disservice to you and your investors. A way to combat this is by having a professional analyze your designs and provide you with an estimate on the actual manufacturing costs. This proactive approach not only helps with your campaign, but it also proves to investors that you are serious and well prepared.

2. Prototype. Your product should be prototyped. This stage lets you work out any design challenges and ensures that your product is in fact viable and able to be manufactured. It also helps define product costs, create marketing material, file a patent and gain customer feedback before manufacturing begins.

3. Details, Details, Details. Really put time and effort into the information you share with potential investors. Show them your initial development timeline and prototype changes. Explain how you have overcome certain challenges and how this has prepared you for the journey that is ahead.

4. Invest in Marketing. A video on our crowdfunding page is a must-have. You don’t need to invest in a big marketing firm but you do need a quality video and product images. Check around with friends and colleagues to see if they know someone that can help or reach out to freelance marketers for assistance.

5. Patent Protection. It is always a good idea to think about some form of intellectual property protection before placing your idea on a crowdfunding website. Most potential investors want you to succeed but there are those few that may want to steal your idea. Research patent protection through the USPTO and/or take some time to chat with a licensed patent attorney.

Have additional questions about launching your crowdfunding campaign? Please feel free to send your questions our way at info@3d-innovations.com

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Product of the Week: Zero Waste Cap

April 10, 2015
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Many innovative products are solutions to problems that we experience every day; Zero Waste Cap is one of these solutions. How many times have you caught yourself throwing away a bottle of lotion because the pump has quit working? You know there is more lotion inside but the hassle it takes to retrieve the lotion usually doesn’t seem worth it, so you recycle the lotion bottle and head out to buy a new one. The Zero Waste cap is an adaptable cap that solves this problem completely.

zerowaste“Zero Waste Cap is designed to easily thread on the necks of lotion bottles you find at local stores. Zero Waste Cap transforms a lotion pump bottle into one with a flip top cap that can be balanced upside down on the cap. Once sitting upside down gravity pulls the lotion toward the cap so it’s easy to remove.”

This adaptability design of the Zero Waste Cap makes this product truly unique.

Learn more about Zero Waste Cap on Kickstarter and the official website.

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Product of the Week: Planetware

April 3, 2015
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Earth day is right around the corner (April 22nd) and the entire month of April is “Earth Month”, and in honor of this we have decided to feature a product that is truly sustainable and aims to make our world a better place for future generations. Planetware is tableware that is good for the earth. This line of cups and tableware is made of only three natural ingredients (bamboo, rice, and corn) and is built using a zero waste process. Also, if you do ever decide to throw out one of the pieces, it will compost completely within two years, thus leaving zero impact on the earth.

planetwarePlanetware is “a full tableware line of cups, plates and bowls that not only looks good, but you can feel good using. Made of sustainable bamboo, rice husk, and corn, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe, shatterproof, and free of synthetic dyes and chemicals”.

We admire the sustainable deisgn of Planetware and the desire to take an everyday product and drastically improve upon it.

Learn more about Planetware on Kickstarter and the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

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3D Printing & Injection Molding Are Compatible

April 2, 2015
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Design_News_LOGOMany times it seems as though 3D printing and Injection Molding are at odds with one another, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a need for both types of technology in manufacturing, as was demonstrated at NPE 2015 recently.

Design News recently posted a synopsis of the event as it pertained to 3D printing, 3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015. “3D printing (3DP) had its own area in the form of the first ever NPE3D pavilion of exhibits and demonstrations, as well as an NPE3D conference track with six presentations.” The event did a great job of highlighting these two technologies and their inherent compatibility. “A theme that was reflected in several ways was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.”

If you were able to attend the event please let us know what you thought of the NPE3D exhibits pavilion and presentations with a comment below.

We invite you to read the entire Design News article and view the slideshow from the event.

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Product of the Week: mDrawBot

March 27, 2015
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This 4-in-1 robotics kit would be a great project for a robotics class or a weekend project at home. mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, that can be assembled into 4 different configuration drawing robots: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot and mCar. All four of these robots can draw on different surfaces and the best part is that build time is about an hour. This is one of those kits that can really spark a love for engineering in children because of its interactive nature.

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  • mScara is a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) driven by stepper motors. If you install a pen on mScara, it can draw pictures on a flat surface. Replacing the pen with a laser diode, it can turn into a desktop laser engraver.
  • mSpider is a drawing robot which can draw pictures on a wall or a white board.
  • Just in time for Easter, the mEggBot is designed to draw on things that are improbable to print on, such as eggs. It can be used to write letters or to draw expressions on eggs.
  • mCar is a three-wheel robot car. It contains two stepper motor drive wheels and a ball caster wheel. It can draw its own movement tracks on the surface. If you install a chalk instead of a pen, it can draw on the floor.

Learn more about the mDrawBot robotics kit on Kickstarter or the Makeblock website. You can also connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Emergence of the Maker Movement

March 26, 2015
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The maker movement is made up of some 135 million adults in the U.S., however, it’s more than just a U.S. movement. Maker faires that celebrate the movement have popped up in Japan, Italy, Norway, and Chile. Makers use their skills to craft items such as clothing, baked goods, jewelry, and art; contributing $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

From 3D printers to laser cutters—makers employ various tools to create their goods. Many gather at makerspaces where they share these resources. Makerspaces are havens for techies, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the maker movement below and how it’s influencing the way we craft.

(A big thank you to CustomMade for this fantastic infographic!)

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A Movement in the Making

A Movement in the Making
Infographic by CustomMade

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