Designing a Pneumatic Fish Cannon

Flying Fish, a mysterious mythical creature and now a reality. Dubbed the 'Salmon Cannon', a new glorified vacuum tube is helping fish in the Columbia River traverse man made dams by flying over them. Whoosh Innovations, the company behind the device first designed the pneumatic tube system to transport fruit and vegetables in packing plants.  But when Washington state posed a research question of how to help Salmon migrate across hydroelectric dams Whoosh pondered if fish could use the system too. "So we put a tilapia in the fruit tube," […]
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2014 San Francisco Maker Faire

The San Francisco Maker Faire is the flagship event of Maker Culture where everything is big! This year we were lucky to get a first person account of the event from Design 1st  maker buddy Steve Borza from Bluink who supplied the photos. The event featured a giant 25ft tall Fire breathing Octopus called El Pulpo Mecanico,  a Robo-Tar product that lets beginners play the guitar by picking out cords mechanically,  mind controlled interactive games, 3D printers that print all kinds of materials including flexible plastic, cake icing and  living […]
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Future of 3D Printing : Infographic

3D printing is not new. In fact it been around for 30 years but now the technology has gone mainstream. 3D printers are now affordable to everyday people are their growth, use and features are growing exponentially. When we came across this infographic on the Revolution of 3D printing  created by Newark it got us thinking about the changing nature of prototyping and what this means for design and entrepreneurs. We think it will do the same for you!
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Top 5 Crazy Inventions of 2012

Almost every day the phone rings at Design 1st with an eager inventor on the line yearning to learn more on design, patenting and prototyping their product idea. This is one of the many exciting parts of working at Design 1st – discussing new ideas and talking to passionate inventors. Over the past year, we’ve had various inventor clients complete the product development phase and proceed to market. We’ve also come across a number of innovative product ideas that probably had many inventors thinking, “Boy, why didn’t I think of […]
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Inventive Investing | Discovering Great Product Ideas

Have you ever come across a nifty product and thought why didn’t I think of that? Usually seemingly simple and so obvious you can’t believe you didn’t come up with it. Inventors seem to have the ability to look at problems or needs from a unique perspective that the rest of us just don’t.For instance, take the common issue of the ketchup bottle. Ketchup was bottled in octagonal shaped glass bottles to showcase the purity of the product. However, the bottles made it a slow and agonizing wait for the […]
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