Product of the Week: Blossom (The Smart Watering Controller)

November 28, 2014
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We can all agree that water is a precious natural resource and conservation is a top priority. Our featured Product of the Week, Blossom, is a “Smart Watering Controller” that adjusts your specific yard watering schedule based on real-time weather forecasts and your yard’s exact vegetation watering needs. It makes monitoring, customizing and scheduling your yard’s watering a breeze directly from its app.

According to the EPA, “Up to 60% of a household’s water is used outdoor and up to 50% of water used outdoors is wasted.”

blossomAbout Blossom: “Blossom was built to be a simple, smart and economical solution to wasted water. Taking into account real-time local weather data, satellites and meteorologists, it is constantly making adjustments to your watering plan on your behalf. Before, during and after rainfall, Blossom is adapting your schedule based on the amount and duration of precipitation. Our algorithm has been developed and is continually being fine-tuned to make the smartest adjustments for your yard every single day.”

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

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A Manufacturing Success Story

November 26, 2014
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NIST MEPWe are extremely excited and honored to be considered a “success story” in Hawaii by the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). There are over 940 state success stories shared on the MEP website and 12 of those are from Hawaii.

What is the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)? “MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency. MEP been committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing, continually evolving to meet the changing needs of manufacturers since 1988. Through its services and partnerships it has had a profound impact on the growth of well-paying jobs, the development of dynamic manufacturing communities, and the enhancement of American innovation and global competitiveness.” (Learn more about MEP on the official website.)

The small business community in Hawaii is continuously growing and thriving; we feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such dedicated entrepreneurs. We would also like to thank our local MEP center, INNOVATE Hawaii, for the continued guidance, assistance and access to both local and national resources that have helped 3D Innovations succeed.

Please click here to read the 3D Innovations MEP Success Story.

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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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