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Acorn participation in the BioMeDevice Conference in Boston, April 18-19th, 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Acorn will again be participating in this year’s BioMed Device conference in Boston, April 18-19th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. At our booth (#629), we’ll be showing examples of the work we’ve been doing in the medical device/instrumentation area, as well as other markets. Acorn personnel will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, or to discuss your particular needs. 
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Real world example of the value of early engineering in product design

Friday, March 30, 2018

In our last blog we discussed the value of early engineering (during the industrial design phase) during the product development cycle. In this blog, we’ll talk about a real-world example. 
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The value of early engineering in product design

Friday, March 16, 2018

Many products start out as an idea, a sketch, and then move to a phase where industrial designers focus on areas such as shape, form, packaging, look, color, user interface, and so on. The focus is how to make the product appealing, differentiated from the competition, and easily usable by the target customers. A set of requirements are developed (if they don’t already exist), and the product starts to take shape in the form of sketches, early CAD, 3D renderings, 3D models. Because of the advancements in software, you can create virtually anything on screen and have it appear very lifelike (just look at any of the more recent Star Wars movies!). For product development, the question at this stage is can it be built and manufactured, in volume, at the target cost and performance required? 
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Designing for Serviceability, and More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Last time we talked about the importance of designing for manufacturability, and that the ability to successfully build a prototype is not enough to declare victory – today we’ll take that concept one step further to talk about the idea of designing for serviceability. 
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The ability to build a prototype is not enough

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You’ve been working with your selected product development firm on developing the next blockbuster product – the electronics are coming together, you’ve ordered some of the longer lead components, and are now planning to build a prototype. You’re excited by the opportunity to rapid prototype some of the more challenging parts using one of the latest 3D printers. Finally, all the parts come together, you assemble the prototype – and it works, meeting/exceeding your expectations! Time to break out the champagne – and you ceremoniously hand the completed design to a contract manufacturer, and at the same time informing your customers on kickstarter that the product will be entering production shortly. 
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The importance of working with suppliers as early as possible

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

There are many factors that are key to the success of any product launch – understanding the target market, designing a product that fills a need, a great design, to name a few. However, securing a supply chain that can meet the technical, cost, and volume demands is at least as critical – without it, revenues just won’t happen. 
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It takes a healthy and robust ecosystem and supporting process to developing manufacturable products

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Successful product development, as defined by creating products that are manufacturable, is a team effort, and in general the more complex/leading edge the product is, the more important it is to have an extensive ecosystem of suppliers and specialists available to assist with the development. 
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Bridging the gap between technology and products

Saturday, December 23, 2017

There is a tremendous amount of innovation taking place in the medical/laboratory instrument market segment over the past several years, ranging from desktop laboratory instruments to remote health monitoring devices to lower cost/less invasive diagnostic tools. 
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Product Development Outlook for 2018

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

As we close out the year and look forward to 2018, we see a number of trends and developments in technology and business that will have a significant impact on product design. 
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Robotics and Healthcare

Friday, October 20, 2017

When people think of the application of robotics, they often think about warehouses or manufacturing lines, where they automate a number of processes around moving boxes from the shelves to the loading dock. 
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