As much as we love our new 3D printer, there are still prototypes that call for the low-to-mid-volume bounty of rapid injection molded parts. One company that’s stood out in this space is Proto Labs, both for their speed (parts in as little as a day) and for their impressive quoting system (upload a model to get a detailed insta-report with prices, design recommendations, and even an animated 3D simulation of how plastic will flow into your mold).
On top of that, Proto Labs is also great about providing tips on designing for injection molding, as you can see on their website and YouTube channel. If you skim through a few of these videos, you might notice that they feature some very elucidating sample parts, which Proto Labs actually sends to its customers as design references. What I’m getting at here is that Proto Labs gives us awesome free toys.
This one is our favorite. It covers just about all the basics of how a mold works.
One of our recent projects used a 4.3″ LCD screen with a 480×272 resolution for an embedded device (similar to this one). The original industrial design specification included adjacent red and blue regions, which looked great on a monitor, but led to some undesirable side effects when displayed on the real device.
Here at MindTribe, we are always tracking the latest technology, especially when the technology is tracking us. Wearable technology is very hip right now, so we decided to take a close look at one type of wearable – the wrist-worn activity tracker. There are many good reviews of trackers on the web, but we wanted to cut some open and take a look for ourselves. For our study we looked at five trackers: Jawbone Up, Nike+ Fuelband 2, Misfit Shine, Fitbit Flex and Basis B1.
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