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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Rapid Prototyping

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon , April 16, 2018

Rapid prototyping is quickly becoming the new way to do product development. You probably already know how this process saves on cost and time, and ultimately results in a higher quality product. But did you know…

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What Is Rapid Prototyping?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , April 2, 2018

Albeit risky, every project team faces a degree of trial and error during product development. That’s why teams have gotten remarkably good at calculating how product components will work together. If something that should work suddenly doesn't, it can bring production to a screeching halt. Thanks to evolving technology, top manufacturers offer a solution to this problem that quickly turns theory into fact. It’s called rapid prototyping, and it’s the stuff product developer’s dreams are made of.

Rapid prototyping: Fabricating a scale model of a physical part (e.g., modified connectors) using 3D printing to test the efficiency of a part or product design before high-volume manufacturing takes place.

Prototypes can be fully functional or for aesthetic evaluation. Instead of basing key decisions on educated assumptions, this service allows design teams to hold life-size product components in their hands. They can see the component in the physical world, feel its weight and plug it into the application. They can also determine that the component is an exact fit for the product before design issues create large-scale problems.

Beyond helping development teams validate their theories and confirm their technical requirements are met, rapid prototyping packs serious value. Here’s what you get:

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What's the Difference Between a Cable Assembly and a Wire Harness?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon , March 19, 2018

When sourcing electrical components for product development, you’ll often see the terms “cable assembly” and “wire harness” used interchangeably. People also mistakenly use the terms “cable” and “wire” synonymously. But in truth, these components couldn’t be more different. Sure, they’re both used in electrical and communication fields to route electricity between different locations. But that’s where the similarities end. Each has a distinct purpose, which means the success of your product depends on selecting the right one based on the specifications of the application. Here’s a brief overview of the differences between cable assemblies and wire harnesses to help you make the right choice.

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Cable Connectors: Bridge the Purchasing and Engineering Gap

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , March 5, 2018

As a design engineer, you have a firm grasp on the products you need to complete your project. While this may be clear on your end, the individuals purchasing the products can sometimes misinterpret these details. Engineers can then wind up with the wrong product, which can easily create roadblocks in the completion of a project.

That’s why it’s so important for the purchasing and engineering departments to work together cohesively.

Here’s a look at a few ways to bridge the gap between the purchasing and engineering of cable connectors.

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How Cable Connector Competitors Drive Our Business

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon , February 19, 2018

Every business faces competition to some degree — whether it’s better products, stronger marketing or streamlined operations. While it’s often thought of in a negative connotation, competition can actually be a driving force that pushes businesses to do more.

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How a Custom Connector Can Improve Your Product

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , February 5, 2018

When you think about the success of a product design, every single component plays a crucial role. Consider electrical connectors, for instance. Without the right solutions in place, the complete application can experience field failures.

That’s why many product designers are turning to custom connectors. These configurations are designed specifically for individual applications, helping to deliver positive outcomes for new products.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits custom-designed connectors provide.

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Developing a Go-to-Market Strategy for a New Product

Posted by Bob LeGere on Mon , January 22, 2018

Bringing a brand new or improved electronic device to the market is an exciting step for companies. But without the right design and production plan, this excitement can quickly turn to disappointment.

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Deliver Quality Engineering as Your Company Grows

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , January 8, 2018

As a smaller business, you can interact with customers on a more personal level. This creates a foundation for future expectations. Customers expect a certain level of quality and service no matter what goes on behind the scenes.

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What It Means to be an Engineer of the Future

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , December 18, 2017

Engineers have served as the backbone to the technologies and products we rely upon most. It’s true of vehicles, machines and electronic devices — just like the one on which you’re reading this now.

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How Reengineering Can Reduce Costs & Improve Processes

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , December 11, 2017

Few things are more frustrating to an engineer than when one piece of an assembly throws off an entire project. This frustration is especially acute when a client complains that the piece they received from that company is subpar. It is also hurts a product, and company reputation, when they get complaints from their customers about delays, poor quality or cost overruns.

What’s a manufacturer to do? One solution is reengineering, or identifying opportunities to improve performance, reduce manufacturing processes, eliminate warranty claims and ultimately reduce overall costs.

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