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July 2016

How a Young Woman Designer Is Changing the Way the World Poops

July 26th, 2016|

Top 5 Must-Attend Rapid Growth Entrepreneur Conferences This Spring

July 26th, 2016|

Increase Your Sales by Getting to ‘No’ Fast

July 26th, 2016|

How to Develop Extreme, Championship-Level Focus

July 26th, 2016|

Ways 3-D Printing Can Save the Planet, Shift a Company, and Run a Marathon

July 26th, 2016|

How Swimming With Sharks Can Push Your Business to Profitability

July 26th, 2016|

Creative Mind & Sleep: Does Innovation Thrive In The Night?

July 26th, 2016|

Becoming an Innovation Tourism Hot Spot Through the Silicon Valley Model

July 26th, 2016|

How a Snail-Mail Business Gave Itself a Digital Makeover

July 26th, 2016|

How Jamaica Became a Logistics Powerhouse

July 26th, 2016|

Tips to Make Your Overseas Business Trip Carefree

July 26th, 2016|

Three Keys to Branding Your Start-Up as an Innovation Leader

July 26th, 2016|

Comprehensive 3D Printer Testing with 3DKitbash

July 21st, 2016|

Not your average files to 3D print or do 3D printer testing with, Natalie Mathis and Quincy Robinson of 3DKitbash have created amazing sculptural 3D printable toys off the back of their many successful Kickstarter projects. They have also created a unique set of tools to download to really test the capabilities of your 3D printer. This is a great case study of an innovative design business platform and a must listen to if you in an art related business.

Today we have a great interview. I am super excited about this. 3DKitbash has been around for quite a while, and they have done a lot of Kickstarters. We really love what Natalie Mathis and Bryan Quincy Robinson are doing. Quincy has a long history of inventing and digitally sculpting for the toy industry. These are fabulous toys. They are fun and interactive. They have a really great artistic bend, there is

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3D Digital Design Joints

July 19th, 2016|

3D Digital design joinery is right up our alley with our background, and we are looking at these 50 digital joints similar to wood joints over on Adafruit. Looking at and understanding these traditional construction methods apply to modern 3D printing technology in more ways than one. However, these might not be that feasible for actual use in 3D printed or plastic products depending on what you are doing with it.

Listen to the podcast here: 3D Digital Design Joints

Recently, there was a PDF created of 50 3D digital design joints. This is a couple years old. The poster is really nicely laid out by Meredith Scheff-King. It outlays the different types of joints, there are 50 3D digital design joints in this case, and I don’t think I ever counted how many joints we used in an actual wood products. There are several tried and true that

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Handling 3D Information Overload

July 18th, 2016|

There’s an absolute ton of information that we’re shifting through every single week in this industry, that is the epitome of information overload. Managing an inbox, managing group projects, and managing countless articles and podcasts can be overwhelming. We’ve found several tools and have come up with our own personal rules for keeping on top of all the information overload that gets dumped into our inbox.

Listen to the podcast here: Handling 3D Information Overload

Sometimes we catch stuff that is practically a year old by, the time we get into it, not because we’re not trying to get to it. It’s that there are so many topics, too much information overload. There are so many things to get pushed out. Sometimes, we can’t find it all until we start looking in a specific area. Things aren’t always labelled 3D Printing. It isn’t always logical where we are

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Interactive 3D Prints – Design Inspiration

July 15th, 2016|

One of the first interactive 3D prints we’ve seen is an interactive 3D printed vest by artist Behnaz Farahi. It’s an incredible blend of technology and fashion, this interactive 3D prints changes shape based on eye movement across the piece with a little help from a motion sensing camera.

Listen to the podcast here: Interactive 3D Prints

Up close of this interactive 3D prints porcupine quill like material. | Image via Wired.com

This interactive 3D prints is our design inspiration topic for this week, although you probably should call it artistic inspiration as well. It is wearable art that is interactive and 3D printed. It is an interactive vest, for lack of a better word – maybe capelet will do better to describe it. It is made from 3D printed spikes or porcupine pieces. There are quills sticking out all over. There is also light in there and

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3D Print Club for Everyday Innovation

July 14th, 2016|

Chad McAllister has created a 3D print club for kids to learn about bridging the digital and physical worlds through 3D printing.  He has his own podcast, the Everyday Innovator that Tracy was a guest on awhile back. He talks about product innovation and how to be an innovative product manager. He takes product managers and turns them into product masters. I love that term, that is a great term. In addition to being the host of his podcast, he is the author of Turning Ideas into Market Winning Products. He has an engineering background, but has been a big podcaster, blogger, and management trainer.

You are talking about a very high level of company that has product managers. There tends to be a lot of product managers who are in P&G, that company where you have Clorox. You have a combination between product manager and brand manager. It is

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Future of 3D Printed Drugs

July 13th, 2016|

Although not quite ready to be available from your local CVS, 3D Printed Drugs are moving from the world of fantasy into reality. Talking about two articles that speculate on how 3D printing will be used in the medical field to make and distribute 3D printed drugs in the near or maybe not so near future. The first article discusses issues using 3D printer for at home prescription creation aka, 3D printed drugs, but also how 3D printed drugs allow for faster absorption of the medicine. The other article looks at a study that used 3D printed drugs as a way to treat acne with a topical 3D printed “mask” made from a type of prescription filament.

Listen to the podcast here: Future of 3D Printed Drugs

Talking about 3D printed drugs today because there was an announcement about the epilepsy drug, Spritam. We got some questions about it from

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Autodesk 123D Software Review

July 12th, 2016|

Autodesk 123D software has many similar features of other CAD softwares, and while the company is one of the oldest in the CAD game, there are things that we are left wanting. It is a beginner software, great for those just diving in wanting to learn CAD for 3D printing and 3D modelling, but if you are a more advanced user it is probably not the right fit for your skill level.

Listen to the podcast here: Autodesk 123D Software Review

If you remember one of the first reviews in our series of CAD software that was Tinkercad by Autodesk. Now, Autodesk is a very big company. They have been into CAD software pretty much as long as anybody. Maybe they were one of the first in the whole industry. I remember using AutoCAD in the mid 80s. When I was first trained on it, it was just a

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How 3D Printing Equity Crowdfunding Can Grow the Industry

July 11th, 2016|

3D Printing equity crowdfunding is a really good topic for everybody who is considering starting a business in the 3D printing industry, and needs to raise money. Defining what that means, how to use it to your advantage and if Kickstarter is the way to go. Breaking down the steps to funding your seed capital with the new regulations that have been put into effect since May 2016.

Listen to the podcast here: How 3D Printing Equity Crowdfunding Can Grow the Industry

3D Printing equity crowdfunding is a really good topic for everybody who is considering starting a business in the 3D printing industry, and needs to raise money. It applies to all businesses. There are a lot of issues going around about whether or not crowd funding is the way to go. We are going to define 3D print crowd funding by calling it 3D printing equity crowdfunding when you

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Mass Customization 3D Printing and Swirly Celebrations

July 8th, 2016|

Taking a look at Swirly Celebrations and how they used mass customization 3D printing to fill a market gap. This company has used 3D printing to make different ethnic and culturally dressed cake toppers for weddings, birthdays, and all sorts of celebrations. The idea of a mass customizable world with 3D printing is possible.

Listen to the podcast here: Mass Customization 3D Printing

Mass customization is my favorite subject since I started in the design world and working at Herman Miller way back when. The idea of a mass customized world is what interests me. I think we overlook the mass customizable features of something. 3D printing really opened up the idea that we can have a mass customization of so many things. A really good example of that is Corinna Higgins at Swirly Celebrations. She has made these really cute cake toppers, they have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

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3D Print Ceramics – Collaboration Between Art & Tech

July 7th, 2016|

Kate Blacklock is an artist out of Rhode Island who is doing a lot to help 3D printing advocacy as well as in 3D print ceramics.  We saw a Public Knowledge blog post about the panel discussions that have been going on for the 3D/DC 2016 event in April. It was an event designed around bringing exposure to Congress of 3D printing and what it can do. The idea was to get them excited with 3D printing by showing it, to make them aware of 3D printing as well as letting the government to allocate more resources and funds for the education of 3D printing is important.

She calls herself an unlikely spokesperson for 3D printing. I love that as an artist. We haven’t had an artist for a while. I was really looking forward in talking about her design process. She is not a technical person which makes

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5 Warning Signs You’re About to Fail

July 1st, 2016|

In the business world, the norm is to start-up loud and then shut-down quietly. Except when it comes to Laura Beck, the founder of Stripedshirt.com. Her so-called Indie-No-Go, Kickstopper campaign is teaching us a few things about failing, the right and wrong way, and why sometimes, breaking up with your business is the only option.

Just about every business blog, article, and website you see out there tells you the same thing: when it comes to business, you have to be willing to stick with your start-up, through the good, the bad, and the garage full of unsold t-shirts. Without arguing that perseverance isn’t a key part of success, some businesses aren’t meant to succeed, and knowing when to quit could save you an immense amount of time and money.

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

After five years of barely selling 1000 shirts, Laura Beck decided […]

Read the Tracy's full article at INC By Design.

June 2016

How Startups Really Get Funded

June 27th, 2016|

Welcome to the age of applied technology. This shift from developed technology is teaching us more than we ever could have imagined and even more than that, it is changing the way start-ups…well… start up.

Andrew Goldner, Founder and Managing Director of GrowthX, a seed-stage MicroVC fund and leading market development accelerator, believes that this shift is key to getting to the bottom of what it takes to get successfully funded in this new marketplace.

Technology Has Become Cheaper and Easier

Realizing your talent, what you can bring to the table, and how you intend to do that is no longer enough to get funding. “The actual availability of talent is so much more plentiful than it has been historically, that to differentiate yourself, you are expected to have gotten much further with much less,” according to Goldner. Whereas in the past seed rounds serve as the growth platform […]

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Branding Has a New Expert: The Customer

June 22nd, 2016|

The internet is flooded with advice from branding experts all over the world. Each tip and rule of branding is meant to drive you closer to your customer while maintaining a business that is geared toward maximum profitability. But what if the best way to get closer to your customer… was to simply listen to what they were saying? This is what the founder of Big Ass Fans (previously HVLS – High Volume Low Speed – Fan Company) did and they haven’t looked back since.

Learning to Listen

“We would answer the phones with HVLS Fan Company, how can I help you? And on the other end the people would say. “Hey, aren’t you the guys who make those big ass fans?” and after a little less than a year, we went ahead and changed the name.”

In a culture that favors business rules and systems meant […]

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5 Design Personalities You Need to Level Your Team

June 15th, 2016|

Every person you encounter throughout your day, every personality type, has blinders, shadow behaviors, gaps in their capabilities. Call it what you will, these exist in everyone. The design world is not exempt and I sat down with Paul Martens, founder of CORA and author of The Motivated Life, to discuss this and more.

In ‘The Motivated Life’, Martens talks about a five-type system of design personalities with which designers can recognize their areas of expertise as well as their personality gaps. This thoughtful design theory shows us where our strengths are and also helps to point out weaknesses.

5 Core Types of Design Personalities

Type One: Direction, designed to market oneself

Type Two: Beauty, designed to please

Type Three: Innovation, designed for popularity

Type Four:  Entertainment, designed to entertain

Type Five: Efficiency, designed for clarity

If you are thinking you might fall into the Type One category, you would find yourself among company such as Pharrell Williams, […]

Read the Tracy's full article at INC By Design.

Inventors Patent Reform Debate – David v. Goliath

June 9th, 2016|

Inventors groups are rallying over the recent patent reform debate that favors big corporations and squash independent inventor rights. Pitting inventors against corporations like Apple, eBay, and in the 3D Printing world, Stratasys, is a losing proposition no matter where you fight it – in court, in the Patent & Trademark Office or in Congress. As independent inventors with 35+ patents and experience fighting Goliath(s) like IDEO and Palm Computing, here is why we won’t join the fight and why you don’t need to either.

Patent Reform Debate

We are not disagreeing with inventors groups patent reform debate arguments against the corporate lobbying efforts for Senator Grassley’s PATENT Act, S.1137 and recent court decisions like eBay v. MercExchange, LLC, 547 US 388. These reforms absolutely could reduce the collateral value of patents and “effectively eliminate the Exclusive Right” of a patent holder due to higher standards for injunctive relief. But, […]

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Designing Your Path to Profitable Success by Focusing On Impact

June 3rd, 2016|

How a simple shift of perspective can change the way you do things, and ultimately change your level of success
Finding, creating, and managing success isn’t an easy feat by any set of standards. Life can be is full, busy, messy, and unpredictable- so flying by the seat of your pants to find success just doesn’t make sense. There are too many factors, day-to-day, that will derail you if you aren’t prepared for the next step in your journey. When I sat down to talk with Wendy Lipton-Dibner, global strategist and bestselling author of ‘ Focus On Impact’, she had quite a bit to say about this… and even presented a 10-step road map!

Sequence and Success Are BFF’s – Sequence + Success

According to Wendy, if we are destined to get anywhere fast, we should never ‘go out of sequence’ or we would most certainly end up lost, hitting roadblocks, or taking longer to […]

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May 2016

High Pressure Start-Ups Need Resourceful Front Line Leaders

May 27th, 2016|

How hiring veterans with bullet-tested leadership brings resourcefulness and real world experience to your company
As an innovative start-up charting new territory, you need strategy, structure, systems, quick deployment, inventiveness with meager resources, and a team that has your back. One day you are dressed up in full presentation mode and the next you are rolling up your sleeves and cleaning the office bathroom. Being in the midst of a start-up feels like a constant battle, but imagine if you had to do that with actual bullets flying. Imagine the powerful training you would have undergone and the skills, tactics, discipline and leadership characteristics you would have to guide you forward.

Our discharged and retired military come home from deployment to a very different world. Veterans like Nick Ripplinger, author of the bestselling book, Front Line Leadership, received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (the third highest peace-time award) during active duty service in […]

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How to Power-Boost Your Confidence in 2 Minutes

May 23rd, 2016|

There is a long history of researchers discussing the mind-body connection. Body posture “speaks” and is part of the non-verbal way people communicate with each other. In the workplace, this means that you are constantly communicating, whether you are talking or not. For example, eyes cast down or shoulders slumped are usually associated with lower confidence or even sadness. It is important to understand that our body language speaks to others but our body language also communicates with us internally.

Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School studied the question of how does our body language affect us? She gave a great TED talk on the topic. She coined the termed “power posing” to study how a certain body posture might actually help increase confidence.

This pose consists of standing tall with the arms raised into a V-Shape above the head with a slight turn up of the chin […]

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