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5 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Product Design Agency

When you decide to embark on a journey to develop a new product, it is important that you select the right product design agency as it may determine the success of your project. Product design is a broad field with some agencies specialising in specific sectors, such as consumer or medical product design. Whereas others may prefer to specialise in a particular aspect of the design process, such as the front-end where research and creative tools are more value than knowledge of engineering and manufacturing principles. Talking through the following questions with your preferred partner will help you determine whether they are right for you and your project. Read more

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How Do I Protect My Design Idea

The light bulb moment has happened – you’ve had a great product idea! You’ve stumbled across a problem that everyone experiences and can’t find anything on the market that solves this problem. What next – how do I protect my design idea?
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ITERATE WELCOMES RHYDIAN & MATT TO THE DESIGN TEAM

August is often a quiet month in the business calendar with many clients and suppliers taking annual leave. However, this summer we are thrilled to welcome Matt Beamish and Rhydian Dobbin. Matt joins us after completing a BEng in Product Design Engineering at Loughborough University, and Rhydian joins us after completing a MSc in Product Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The new team members will help build upon the electro-mechanical engineering knowledge within the company – enabling us to work across a greater variety of projects in the medical, consumer and industrial sectors. Read more

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Sustainable Design: How to Create an Environmentally Sound Product

In order to create an environmentally sound product, the principles of sustainable design should be considered throughout the lifetime of any new product development project. This blog articles explores some of the ways we implement sustainable thinking into our designs:
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Thomas Gray Completes Jobs Growth Wales Programme

The Jobs Growth Wales programme offers young people like me an opportunity to experience what life is like in the design industry. After the completion of my initial 6-month placement I can vouch that this programme not only works for the employee but the employer also. Whilst the employee gathers vital experience that will benefit them immensely from more experienced colleagues, the employer gains a member of staff that they are able to mould into their working environment. This placement has given me an invaluable insight to the industrial world of design and left me eager to learn more.
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My Internship with ITERATE

Interning at ITERATE Design + Innovation has been an amazing experience to say the least. After completing my integrated year as an Erasmus+ student studying Design and Fine Arts, I was very determined to find a design placement that would help enhance my skills and enrich my creativity, and at ITERATE I did just that! Read more

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The Future of Design is Generative

Recently, our design team visited Autodesk’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Birmingham to take part in a generative design workshop. It was an event arranged by Autodesk to demonstrate the capabilities of their generative design software and offering a hands-on opportunity to explore the software’s functionality. Read more

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Can Open Innovation Shape the Future of the Welsh Economy?

The term ‘innovation’ gets thrown around constantly in modern day business; meaning different things to different people. However, in recent years, the term ‘Open Innovation’ has become more apparent; especially in the world of product development. Developed by Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000s, the concept highlights the worth of using outside sources of innovation to improve one’s own product or service; a theory that many 21st century businesses are now exploring. Utilising the help of people outside your own internal network can boast various benefits; a way to actively incorporate the wider community into your innovation management strategy.

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We Hope You Have An Electric Christmas!

To celebrate a fantastic year (and for a bit of Christmas fun), we decided to demonstrate the benefits of conductive ink and how this could be integrated with 3D printed polymers. Conductive ink can be used to remove the need for wires in electronic assemblies, which can help reduce weight; cost of production; and reduce assembly time. Our simple Christmas tree illustrates how power from a 3V battery can be connected to a series of LEDs to achieve a consistent and reliable connection. Read more

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How 3D Printing is Disrupting Dentistry

3D printing is bringing a smile to many Dentists’ due to its high accuracy, reliability, reduction of turnaround time and the improvement of services. Stereolithography (SLA) printing uses an optical system to cure resin, accurate to a tolerance of ± 35 microns. The printer converts a digital 3D model into paths that a laser will then trace layer by layer into a resin bath. The laser cures the resin, converting the digital model into a physical object within a few hours. Read more