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Rapid Prototyping: 3 Product Developers talk Hardtech Innovation

Entrepreneurs and startups leverage their limitations with time and money to get creative in the rapid prototyping process. mHUB tapped three physical product developers within the mHUB Hardtech Development ecosystem to share their experiences with and insights for rapid prototyping. What is rapid prototyping? Rapid prototyping is the fabrication of a physical, tangible component or…

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Design Thinking to Support Manufacturing Innovation

What is design thinking? Some say design thinking is an approach to problem-solving. Some say design thinking is an iterative creative process. According to a 2015 report by the Design Management Institute, “design-led companies outperformed the S&P 500 by 211%”1. The most important concept within design thinking is that it is focused on the end…

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Manufacturers have a brainstorming session with Bill Fienup and Engineering Consultants at mHUB

Convening Small- to Medium-Sized Manufacturers within the mHUB Ecosystem

Small- to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are focused on their core business and taking care of their customers while they navigate global disruption. It’s easy to understand why SMMs need support for product innovation and manufacturing process improvements during this time when manufacturers are being asked to produce more with less.    “SMMs typically need industrial designers, fabrication specialists, metallurgists, and experts in finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics…

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UX Design for Physical Products: 3 Considerations during Product Development

For anyone developing physical products, UX design is a critical part of the hardtech development process. Thoroughly understanding the user experience is key to designing a product that solves a particular problem and focuses on ease of use for quick adoption within a target market. mHUB, a leading independent hardtech and manufacturing innovation center, asked…

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Discover what an mHUB Hardtech Development team looks like

The mHUB innovation community consists of a network of over 500 engineers, product designers, and entrepreneurs. The diversity of skill and knowledge make a Hardtech Development team the most qualified you can find for research and development projects. These innovators work together, physically, to solve problems in an agile manner while engaging a client’s own…

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(Image of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) courtesy of Fastway Engineering.)

CFD and FEA: The Role Simulations play in HardTech Product Development

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are two types of computer-based simulation tools that can support hardtech entrepreneurs as they work through the iterative product development process. Using CFD and FEA can help product designers evaluate initial product performance, identify potential failure points, and discover elements of the product design that could…

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How to Make Process Improvements to Your Manufacturing Production Lines

Process improvements in manufacturing can mean different things to different people. When some people think of process improvements, they may remember their experience going through the Six Sigma or Kaizen approach to implementing lean manufacturing principles into their production floor. For the team at mHUB Hardtech Development services, process improvement means finding opportunities to innovate…

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Five Important Manufacturing Trends In 2021

In 2020, 60% of US manufacturers experienced disruptions to their operations. The pandemic shed some light, and intensely, on the shaky foundation of the global supply chain and opportunities for the US to take back certain segments of manufacturing. While painful, these disruptions encouraged the industry to move faster, innovate harder, and show resilience in brand…

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innovation spectrum of hardtech product development

The Innovation Spectrum: 3 Approaches to Innovation and Product Development

Innovation can look very different company to company, but there are thematic methods that an entity chooses to follow, largely dependent on their risk tolerance and available resources. When it comes to product development, supplier innovation follows the particular demands of the markets being served; where the macro-trends and specific customer needs determine which approach…

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What is Hardtech?

The time is now for hardtech to dominate innovation and move companies developing hardtech to the top of the food chain in terms of influence, growth and disruption. Think Tesla, Apple, Peloton and SpaceX – all creating unique hardware products that are changing the landscape of realities much in the same way digital disruption has…

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