A systematic approach considering function, aesthetics, environment, manufacturing, and assembly is the key to success for selecting the right fastener.
Recently Mark Brinkerhoff and Rajiv Katwala were interviewed by Scansite 3D, leaders in state-of-the-art 3D scanning services with established clients like Boeing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NASA, Richard MacDonald Studio, NIKE, Hyundai, Warner Brother and the Smithsonian.
Fusion Design has done over 1,200 projects in the last 30 years and Mark shares his favorites:
Mark loves the flexibility and the variety of so many projects and has worked on tiny embeddable medical devices up to huge automated tractors.
An Elegant and Simple Product that Solves a Difficult Problem
Mark shares about how you blend your design with your manufacturing targets to have a successful product that fits your customers needs.
The Prototyping Process is Flipped Upside Down, Rapidly Providing Answers!
Before you had to do a great deal of planning early on: plan, plan, plan! And then execute because the prototyping process was difficult and super expensive. Now it has been flipped upside down. It's like, “Ah, I have an idea, I'm going to print it tonight and try it tomorrow. It may not work but I bet I'll learn something. If you do that every day, before you know it, you rapidly have a solid answer.
Early Feedback from Manufacturers
Mark shares the benefit of getting feedback from the manufacturers all the way through the design process:
Releasing to Manufacturing
Things are ready to go to production and you now have to define the finished quality, the material choices and mass production:
At Fusion Design we do industrial design and mechanical engineering and our process always starts with the needs and requirements of the user.
If you missed Mark Brinkerhoff’s talk “IoT / Wearable Device Development from a Mechanical Engineer’s Point of View”, he presented the development process through the eyes of a Mechanical Engineer to a large group at the IoT and Wearable Device Meetup.
We recently developed a body scanner for SafeView, a security start-up in Santa Clara. It is a walkthrough imaging system for screening visitors at checkpoints in secure environments such as airports, border crossings, government buildings and correctional institutions. This imaging system meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Institute of Law Enforcement.