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Picking the right material is a major step in the prototyping process. Hundreds of different types of materials are used for prototyping, but only one of them will truly be the best choice for your product.  At Pacific Research Laboratories, we make this decision easy. We offer an extensive list of advanced prototyping materials that bring your prototypes to life. Our team of experienced engineers has a deep understanding of prototyping materials and will offer you valuable advice based on
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Agile development is an industry disruptor for the medical device product lifecycle. This process of creating, testing, improving, and creating again proves concepts that support regulatory-ready designs. However, agile development of a medical device is not a beginner's task. New medical device creators need the assistance of someone with experience. 
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The ability to bring a new product to consumers first is usually the determining factor in who gets to control that market. Consider the development of the smart speaker. Amazon wasn’t the only company to have an idea for a hands-free, voice-controlled assistant. They were just the first to roll it out to the mainstream market. They now control 61% of the U.S. market. This case exemplifies one of the biggest benefits of rapid prototyping; the ability to lead a
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Many small business owners don’t consider the opportunities available in Lean manufacturing as it seems like a big business philosophy. However, Lean principles can provide benefits for businesses of all sizes, as they’re ideal for improving overall operations efficiency and reducing mistakes that lead to business waste. With the right planning and smart production partnerships, the benefits of Lean manufacturing for small businesses are easy to realize. 
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Innovators come from all walks of life and different levels of knowledge. Some have a detailed understanding of what it takes to design a product and bring it to market. Others may not be as well-versed in the steps. However, all innovators have something in common. Even though they’re approaching the product design stage from very different levels, they all need to follow three product design best practices if they want to succeed.
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With so many products on the market today, competition is fierce. Businesses have to find innovative ways to develop top-quality new products and edge out the competition. This is one of the reasons outsourced product development is becoming more popular among savvy product designers and business owners. It enables innovators to create superior products fast and with very little effort. You can think of it as a one-stop-shop for all of your design needs.
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The systematic approach of Lean manufacturing may not seem like it’s the best option when it comes to product design. After all, the development of a new product is a creative process that requires a certain amount of freedom. However, when Lean manufacturing advantages and disadvantages are viewed through a critical lens, it’s easy to see how it leads to better products overall.
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Many innovators are more entrepreneurial than they are practical. Consider Steve Jobs, the man who laid the groundwork for the world’s first trillion-dollar company. When he started Apple out of a garage in the late 70s, he had a dream and a loose concept of a home computer. It took Steve Wozniak’s technical skills to bring it to life. Without those skills, it’s possible the world may never have heard of Apple. Instead, Steve Jobs would have found himself stymied
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Startups are under a great deal of pressure. Investors want to get new products to market as fast as possible, while founders want to ensure products are high in quality before they reach the market. Often, these two goals are at odds—is it even possible to get a product to market quickly without sacrificing quality? The short answer is: yes, it is possible. Startups that use rapid prototyping methodology can refine a product’s design in a fraction of the time.
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Over the last year, a team of autonomous ocean robots has successfully traveled under an ice sheet and returned to report long-term observations, the University of Washington (UW) has announced. A partnership between a number of entities including the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, the Korean Polar Research Institute and Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the robotic mission has traveled under the ice shelf 18 times,
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