Get ready for Battlebots 2018

Lucky vs. Yeti Battlebots is a battle of wits, engineering talent, design prowess - and of course carnage! The 2018 season is about to be underway and Design 1st is excited to participate by supporting Team Lucky - a fierce Battlebot competitor for the past several years. As Team Lucky gets set to fly to Los Angeles, California to film the competition, we put together some commonly asked questions and answers so that you too can get in on the action! 1) What is Battlebots? 2) How do Battlebots matches […]

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How much do prototypes cost?

Prototype costs can range from a $100 to upwards of $30,000 for high fidelity connected devices.   Video: Reasons why we prototype One of the most common questions we get is how much does a prototype cost to make? This is a tricky question, as prototypes can be free or cost upwards of $100,000. It all depends on why you want a prototype.   So, why do YOU want a prototype?   If you ask any of the recent people we talk to, many will have a different answer. Some […]

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How a 5-axis Mill Machines an Impeller

Take a moment and think back to the last time you had to machine an impeller from a solid metal cylinder. Was it this morning? Perhaps it was a few weeks or months ago? For most of us, the occasion has never really come up (or just that one time in University when you said you’d try anything once). Whatever the case, I’m willing to bet that it eventually required a 5-axis milling machine.. Of course, the best way to use such a machine is a complicated matter. The first […]

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MIT’s New Master’s Integrated Product Design and Engineering Program

In order to create a successful product, which factor is the most important: that it functions well, that it appeals to the user, or that it reaches its target market? Each factor is necessary, and this intersection of mechanical engineering, industrial design and business has led to MIT creating a new Master’s program: Integrated Design & Management. Any experienced product design firm can attest to the fact that the symbiosis of engineering, design and business is essential from the very beginning in order to avoid having to redesign the product. […]

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How to Design Hardware Products for New Thread Wireless Protocol

The purpose of the new wireless protocol is to help smart home automation or Internet of Things (IoT) devices talk with each other more efficiently. But what does this mean for new products currently in development or existing smart home products? Here’s what we found out: Thread Protocol Background: Thread is a new low power wireless mesh network protocol for home automation products It’s backed by several big name vendors including Samsung, Nest, ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, Silicon Labs who collectively formed the ‘Thread Group” Thread Group’ modeled after WiFi Alliance […]

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