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by loughnane
October 30th, 2011, 9:12 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: why rectangles?
Replies: 4
Views: 823

why rectangles?

Why are they so pervasive? I have my own suspicions, but thought I'd pose the question to others who deal in them in an (almost) daily basis. **typed on rectangular keys on a rectangular screen in a rectangular browser window while sitting on a rectangular bench in a rectangular room containing rect...
by loughnane
September 28th, 2011, 9:08 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: EVA or polyurethane sole information
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Re: EVA or polyurethane sole information

rkuchinsky wrote:Don't think I have any design guide but may have vids someplace. Will take a look. You doing compression molded or injection Eva? What's the application?

R
It's something similar to a sole, with the potential to be either compression molded or injection EVA
by loughnane
September 27th, 2011, 12:21 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: EVA or polyurethane sole information
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Re: EVA or polyurethane sole information

Exactly what do you want to know. I think I have some pics of the process over at my blog, first pullover http://www.firstpullover.com R Just skimming a few of your pages, it looks like it will be pretty helpful. Thanks. Ideally I would also be able to find design guide information (required rounds...
by loughnane
September 27th, 2011, 9:14 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: EVA or polyurethane sole information
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

EVA or polyurethane sole information

I'm looking for information (video, design guide, etc.) for soles made out of EVA or polyurethane. I'm having more trouble than I thought I would finding this information, so if anyone has any experience or can point me in a direction it would be much appreciated.
by loughnane
September 9th, 2011, 10:04 pm
Forum: off topic
Topic: What music?
Replies: 162
Views: 110222

Re: What music?

a colleague just turned me on to explosions in the sky.. reminded me of this thread

i put together an open playlist here....

http://grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Flow/59760477
by loughnane
August 28th, 2011, 9:32 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: silicone coatings on plastic
Replies: 2
Views: 1435

Re: silicone coatings on plastic

If it is sprayed on, its typically referred to as soft touch paint and is a post process. If it is actually a TPE its called over molding and is part of a two stage molding process. TPE is thermoplastic elastomer, and you can get a good sense of the overmolding process here... http://www.glstpes.co...
by loughnane
July 26th, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: software and technology
Topic: rhino and solidworks in the process
Replies: 6
Views: 1988

Re: rhino and solidworks in the process

From what I've heard/what the firm I'm at does: Rhino/SW for surfaces (class A) for form explorations, rapid prototyping, etc... Once that has been figured out, we pass it to engineers who use Pro/E, etc. I don't believe that SW can do class A surfaces (I define as direct control over the curvature...
by loughnane
July 12th, 2011, 8:31 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Short ID seminar for Mechanical Engineers
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: Short ID seminar for Mechanical Engineers

One of the things (I'm an ME) that I find smooths the workflow is not just being involved early, but understanding what is important to the designer from a geometry standpoint. In pro|e or SW, it's history based, so I can build the same geometry a bunch of different ways with the results being flexi...
by loughnane
July 12th, 2011, 8:27 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Quirky
Replies: 32
Views: 6119

Re: Quirky

Who knows? Perhaps Quirky will become a sort of kingmaker, using a discerning eye to crank out excellent products.

More likely, I think something like Kickstarter is a more compelling proposition. Let people vote with their money.

Assuming of course that Kickstarter expands beyond iAccessories.
by loughnane
July 11th, 2011, 8:22 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Quirky
Replies: 32
Views: 6119

Re: Quirky

I wrote about these guys back in October... google "how quirky could fail". My problem then (and I haven't checked in for a while) is that they give a token amount of involvement to the user. I think people will ultimately want to be more involved in the product they make, rather than just giving it...
by loughnane
June 23rd, 2011, 12:03 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: Looking for a material
Replies: 12
Views: 3764

Re: Looking for a material

If it can easily be run into by other objects, you may want to coat it with a rubber or something so that neither the impacter nor impactee get hurt (im thinking dip molding or a rubber sheath?) Regarding the material, I agree with steel. However depending on the potential for corrosion (or surface ...
by loughnane
May 31st, 2011, 6:39 pm
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: I want a not-so-smart phone.
Replies: 38
Views: 3898

Re: I want a not-so-smart phone.

Totally feeling you, did the same thing. I was a smartphone geek; snatched up the G1 on preorder and so on. The battery life was a contributing factor, but I had just finished reading Walden and I was (and still am) on a mission to simplify my personal life. Anyway, I looked at the Nokia C1 series. ...
by loughnane
May 24th, 2011, 11:54 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Apple: Samsung Copied Design
Replies: 40
Views: 10171

Re: Apple: Samsung Copied Design

Those are some good links, thanks. I'll have to read them tonight. I think you hit the nail on the head; you are trying to quantify the qualitative, and it's difficult. Reading the black and decker summary got me thinking that color is an easy thing to change (and obvious thing to notice), whereas p...
by loughnane
May 24th, 2011, 8:33 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: Apple: Samsung Copied Design
Replies: 40
Views: 10171

Re: Apple: Samsung Copied Design

What would be different enough? First, I haven't read the lawsuit, but the discussion here seems to be assuming that infringement is happening on a design patent because of how it looks (as opposed to a utility patent for how it functions). That being the case, what would be different enough? The fu...
by loughnane
May 16th, 2011, 8:26 am
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: small run manufacturing
Replies: 11
Views: 3474

Re: small run manufacturing

Call these guys: http://www.protomold.com/ I second this. It is definitely the path of least resistance. Just upload your CAD file and they will automatically tell you what's wrong with it, how much the mold will cost, and the piece part cost. There is a place near Chicago called GPI prototyping th...