NEW product development, INVENTIONS, and 3-D printers
The article presents an interview with Patrick Dunne, who is vice president in 3D Systems for advanced application development. Topics discussed include impact of three-dimensional (3D) printing over inventing process and product development; utilization of 30 printers by the general public; price drops observed in 3D printers; and high-frequency signal response associated with 3D printing.
PROTOTYPES, NEW product development, INVENTIONS, INDUSTRIAL design, and COOKING
The article offers information on the building blocks for a lifetime curiosity. It mentions about the author's willingness to teach her four-year-old daughter on building a remote control not as a way to prepare the child for a career in product development but as a way of giving her pleasure of making something with her own hands and introduce her to a few unique tools along the way. The author adds that prototyping can be taught to children at home by doing activities like cooking.
PROTOTYPES, INVENTIONS, ENGINEERING design, and GUIDELINES
The article offers several prototyping guidelines. It notes that a proof of concept (POC) refers to the first prototype of a new invention which is intended to prove that the idea actually works. According to the author, looking at similar products to see how they are developed is the best way to create the first prototype. He adds that modifying existing products with one's own improvements is another way to start do-it-yourself prototyping. If a prototype does not work, he suggests tweaking it rather than throwing out the whole thing.
INVENTIONS, INVENTORS, CORPORATE growth, and ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This article presents information on Inventors' Publishing and Research [IP&R], a one-stop shop for inventors and would-be entrepreneurs based in San Francisco, California. It was started in 1995 by CEO Steve Barbarich, a longtime inventor and author. He grew the business from a marketing firm where inventors could bring their patented idea and get it into the marketplace, to the full-service design, marketing, packaging, and manufacturer it is today.
TEST marketing, INVENTORS, MARKET entry, INVENTIONS, and MARKETING strategy
The article focuses on the importance of catalogs to market-testing of products. Reasons behind the decision of some inventors to pursue catalogs for market-testing are cited. Information on tooling options for market entry is presented. The article also provides information on the impact of tooling cost on profit.
MANUFACTURES, INVENTIONS, RAPID prototyping, NEW product development, and MANUFACTURING processes
The article offers advice on manufacturing an invention. Manufacturing a small quantity of a product lies between rapid prototyping processes and volume production. Tooling for small production has a smaller cost compared to tooling for volume production. The author recommends testing the market before investing in the volume-production tooling.
PATENT applications, PROTOTYPES, INTELLECTUAL property, INVENTIONS, and PROJECT management
The article offers guidelines for spending money on patenting. Topics mentioned include the risks monetary investment for prototyping, the potential rejection for the issuance of patent claims by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the effective use of the professional or homemade sell-sheets which represents the physical prototype of the eventual product's benefits.
INVENTIONS, PROTOTYPES, PATENTS, ELECTRIC vehicles, and INCUBATORS (Pediatrics)
The article discusses the success of an invention including documentation, prototyping, and patenting. It includes information on the failure to reach the customers by inventions of self-balancing battery electric vehicle and baby incubator Neo Nurture. It also discusses a blog aoninvent.com regarding failure of inventions.
DIRECT Response Television Advertising, PATENTS, INVENTIONS, LETTERS to the editor, and THREE-dimensional printing
Several letters to the editor are presented in response to articles in previous issues including "Under the Radar, Ramp-it" in the May, 2011 issue, "Patently False--The Hard Truth about Patents" in the June, 2011 issue, and "May the Prototyping Be with You" in the July, 2011 issue.
WALLETS, INVENTIONS, WOMEN inventors, and CREATIVE ability in technology
The article features Shannon Greenfield and her invention, the Wallots, a removable wallet insert with interchangeable wallet skins. After several attempts at securing prototyping, she finally made her first prototypes by taking apart a traditional wallet. The challenges she faced are discussed. She tested Wallots on Homeshopping Network (HSN).
An introduction to the July 2011 issue of the magazine is presented including prototyping insight from inventor/businessman Joe Gross, a profile of the Prototype Today website and an invention exhibit at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.
BUSINESS partnerships, INVENTIONS, PATENTS, ACCOUNTANTS, LAWYERS, BUSINESS negotiation, and DESIGNERS
The article focuses on partnering with a professional when prototyping expenses or money for a patent in an invention. It states that some of potential professional partners include professional prototype designers, accountants, contract attorneys and marketing specialists. It mentions the existence of some bartering arrangement between inventors and prototype designers since designers prefer to be paid in currency rather than bet on the success of the invention.
INVENTORS, INVENTIONS, LICENSE agreements, and SEWING machines
The article explains how inventors can be inspired by quotations. It is pointed out that sometimes the solution to a problem can come in the form of a reverie or a dream. It is recalled how Elias Howe had been trying to develop a sewing machine but he only succeeded when he visualized the needle with a hole in its pointed tip. Various quotes that can be used as guides in developing the idea, prototyping and other steps in inventing are presented.
STANDARDS, INVENTIONS, MANUFACTURING industries, BENCHMARKING (Management), and CREATIVE ability in technology
The article offers manufacturing advice for inventors. It cites the advantages of making changes during the design and prototyping phases of the product. It notes that U.S. product developers should not assume that U.S. manufacturing standards are also practiced in China. It mentions that inventors should implement a system to ensure compliance throughout the life of the product.
INVENTIONS, INVENTORS, and TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
The article focuses on a study conducted by Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute which revealed that nearly half of the products created by inventors in Georgia were in non-consumer areas, but mainly in technologies such as medical devices, energy and the environment. The study also suggested that work of independent investors could provide untapped economic potential. It also identified the top needs of inventors, such as assistance in marketing and effective prototyping and design assistance.
INVENTORS, FUNDRAISING, INVENTIONS, CREDIT cards, and CREATIVE ability
The article offers suggestions for low budget inventors on how to raise funds for their inventions. It explains that by proceeding in the pay-as-you-go mode, inventors can maintain complete control of their product. It advises inventors to use their innate creativity to offer a service or create a product that can be sold to raise cash. It notes that it is appropriate to use credit cards for small purchases of prototype materials or prototyping services.
The article focuses on several factors to consider in designing and marketing inventions. It says that product designers who are trained in aesthetics can make an invention to become appealing to the target market. Other factors to consider include branding and models. It explains the use of various models such as sketch, appearance models and a rapid prototype.
INVENTIONS, PATENT applications, ECONOMIC competition, LICENSES, MARKETING, and VIRTUAL prototypes
The article reports on getting profit from ones own invention. Topics mentioned include the patent application for the invention, the business competition management, and the product licensing management. Also mentioned are the importance of patent application management, the consideration to participate in tradeshow to present the invention, and the virtual prototype of the invention.