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  1. Well, I don't qualify for your survey, but curiosity has the best of me. "Emotional Design. It basically looks at research that has been done so far and how aware future designers are of its existence along with a few other things." I am not remotely aware of Emotional Design. Can you enlighten us?
  2. Have you gotten any second opinions from other spring steel manufacturers? Just to find out if any grades of spring steel are food grade?
  3. If you don't yet have parts and don't yet have tooling made, do you know who you plan on using to make the parts or to do the anodizing? If you have the mfg'er in mind for this pressure die casting, they should be able to provide you some sample pieces of the various finishes you are considering. Take some samples to get anodized. Once you see the result, you can make a confident decision on what finish you want, what will look better anodized, and even if you want to use the specific die cast process. You'll learn a lot by seeing the anodized result of certain surfaces. Take a whole pile of aluminum parts to be anodized. It is generally cheap. The anodizer may want to know what grade of aluminum it is and it would be easiest if all the same grade.
  4. There may be a few issues begging for answers. Why kind of anodizing are you interested in? Cosmetic colorizing, hardness, or abrasion resistance? Usually a machined surface is a better cosmetic surface than a cast surface. Thus, a cast surface that has been anodized my exaggerate the smallest flaws. What finishing are you doing to the casting? Properly preparing the casting for the right kind of anodizing may be the most important step. Anodizing is relatively inexpense. Why don't you anodize some castings and see how they come out?
  5. Old thread but I've made a ton of things like that for a client of mine. It was quite some time ago so I forget what software he was using. I do remember though that it was certainly very labor intensive. I don't think you'll have luck with a software tool to do the desired change for you.
  6. There are lots of ways you could go about prototyping that. The processes would narrow down based on wall thicknesses, the hinge type, how the parts go together, and really what you want to accomplish with it. Is it for fit testing and design verification? Or, do you want a durable and useable prototype? It's the early stage of design. You can make it as YOU want!
  7. Is this for prototype or production? If prototype, you can dial it in custom to exactly how you want it to look at whatever thickness. Then you'll have a sample in hand to be specific with production material suppliers.
  8. JimmieJ

    3D Printing

    Good advice here. The problem I see is that if you buy into one (and likely very basic) machine/technology/material, you will more likely limit your creativity to somewhere near tje machines capabilities. If instead of buying a cheaper machine, you can put your money towards a huge variety of advanced parts and variety of technologies that could provide more. I might think you'd be more successful this way. From what I've heard (hearsay only), some of these cheaper machines don't come with build support software. You have to either change your design for the machine's capabilities or accept the short comings, failure areas, and whatnot.
  9. The space shuttle looks pretty good. Can't you make your new lighting mold the same way? Many molds are typically machined or made through an addative manufacturing process.
  10. JimmieJ

    Product Idea - Comments Required!

    it has to be modern and catchy. +1 on touchscreen. Efficient and classy LED lighting will help. Also must be manufacturable and somewhat affordable.
  11. JimmieJ

    Research Question For All Designers

    hope for the best and move on
  12. JimmieJ

    Online Resources List

    Good to have the good referral. I'm in need of a quality prototype provider in the US. I've tried a half dozen different places so over the last few years and no one has stood out as really really good yet. All the basic 3D printing is common and boring. I guess I'm looking for an all in one shop for top quality. No junk.
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    What's Your Perfect Wastebasket

    Consider a consistant size to accept universal trash bag liners. Appealing design, friendly materials, and cost all play a part.
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    Hello all! I'm from California and have been involved in product design for several years. I'm best with SolidWorks, but also have experience with ProEngineer and AutoCAD. After working at major manufacturer companies, I have started some side work with various design jobs. It looks like there are some large projects coming and I look forward to discussing and sharing our knowledge.
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    Prototyping Products

    A while back I would purchase a variety of rubber prototype parts for bushings, gaskets, bellows and the like. What diameter would your part be? Large parts and assemblies could be produced from a fabrication shop. If you're a student, you may want to fab it yourself.

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