Articles Design & Prototyping

Mapping a model product
Turning ideas into working drawings and product templates

Iterating Your Process
You’ve thought of an idea for a new product. You’ve come up with several designs. You’ve prototyped and tested your top few ideas.  Now what? Iterating Yes, the “last” step is iterating.  (You’ll know why “last” is in quotes by the end of this article!)   If you’ve been following... Read More...
Design Thinking 3: Prototyping and Testing
You’re excited to make a new product.  You’ve followed the first few steps of the Design Thinking process.  (If you haven’t? Start by reading the first and second) articles in this series to learn about those.)   Now it’s time for, in my opinion, the two most fun steps of... Read More...
What You Need to know about Design Thinking
Design thinking: you’ve probably heard of it.  But have you ever wondered how you can apply it in your business? Rhonda recently had a chance to do that… If you’re a regular PCat reader, you know that Rhonda is a retired nurse who now has a business making and... Read More...
Intro to Materials Selection for Makers
Materials Selection Introduction You’ve got a great idea for a new product.  Now, what material will you make it out of?  If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “uh, whatever I have lying around,” “something that looks interesting,” “something cheap,” or “something I already know how to... Read More...


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