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Of course, not all low volume manufacturing processes are the same. They need cultivation based on what’s best for the creator's product and their target market. That’s why anyone considering a low volume approach should look at some of the more popular options to choose the best path to market.
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There are two main types of rapid tooling—direct and indirect—that have different pros and cons. Some product designers will gain the most benefit from a direct rapid tooling process, while others should consider using an indirect method instead. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the two main types of rapid tooling to help you decide which option is the best fit for your product and prototyping process.
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There is a higher level of trust needed to develop medical products, whether they aid in treatment, provide life-saving care, or help students learn. At Pacific Research Laboratories, we’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide range of these products. As a result, we’ve gained some unique insights into how they differ in the development stage.
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When is rapid tooling useful? Are there other tooling methods that will get you better results? In this guide, you’ll learn which advantages rapid tooling has over conventional tooling systems and whether it’s the right choice for your project.
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Medical device prototype development is different from other types of prototyping because of the additional regulatory hurdles to be considered. While some devices will require a lot of agency approvals, others are less restrictive and easier to bring to the market.
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It’s essential to keep in mind that it’s rarely a linear process. Creators may find themselves revising the design and prototyping stage several times—and that’s fine. By using these stages as a guide, creators can structure their work and ensure their budget will support their long-term efforts.
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Orthopedic medical devices can vastly improve the quality of life for people coping with orthopedic conditions like degenerative diseases or sports injuries. Some of these devices even save lives. However, despite the high demand for orthopedic devices in the medical field, designing and prototyping these devices is often a serious challenge. Design complexity, redesigns, prototype testing, and other engineering challenges can extend the amount of time you spend in the prototyping stage and could even stop your project in its
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One of the biggest mistakes a creator can make during the process of prototype development is to treat it as the development of an actual product. The prototype doesn’t need to be as sophisticated or high-quality as a consumer-ready product. It’s there to prove the initial design and help guide product development later. However, by focusing too much on prototype perfection, creators can waste a lot of resources needed for manufacturing. It’s important to remember that a prototype is just
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Dear Valued Customers, I hope this finds you all safe and healthy.  We have entered a time that I could not have imagined in my lifetime…and yet, here we are. Tuesday, March 24th, we felt compelled to close our plant based on our Washington State Governor Inslee’s fourteen-day mandate to “Stay Home and Stay Safe”.  Since then, we have received statements from many of you declaring that your businesses are “...essential businesses for the healthcare of the Nation”. Therefore, as
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Product design must be ever-evolving to speak to client demand, potential industry disruptors, and cost control. Without a robust strategy for product development, creators will be at the mercy of scope creep, which could cause their entire plan to fall apart. Best practices are the guideposts that keep the project on its correct path.
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