New challenge: Mockups for a big project with a lot of features

We recently needed to make two big and feature heavy mockups, and as they needed to be sturdy as well, we had to find a new system to create the mockups We just posted a piece on why scale models are a good idea, and when the models are done and the pool of concepts is narrowed down, the next logical step is a full sized mockup. We recently got into this phase on the scissor-lift project we're currently working on. The project was narrowed down to two concepts, and we wanted to make them both as full scale mockups before finally deciding on a concept. Previously we've build a mockup of a hedge trimmer using wood and bike-parts, but this approach wouldn't cut it for the two new mockups, as th

Scale models: Important toy versions of our projects

Small versions of our ideas is a great way to choose the right concept In the process from idea to product, we often spend hours building scale models. At first glance it might seem a bit silly and Lego-ish, but there's method in the madness. The small models give us a spatial understanding of the idea. We get a deeper and more complete understanding of our concept and the sequences surrounding it. At the same time scale models is a great way to communicate the idea to our partners and the future audience. In the end this impacts which concept we end up developing. But let's start with the benefits we get from the models. Use models early on We typically end up with anywhere between a few a

Prior art searching: How do you make sure your idea isn't already patented?

The urge to start making a product or solution can be hard to resist, but ideally the first step should always be to make sure the product isn't already made and patented. For that reason we'll share the "Prior Art Search For Dummies" we use ourselves, when we want to check if we have freedom to operate. We all get those light-bulp moments, where an idea strikes and a new solution all of a sudden seems obvious, and when you stand there in the middle of doing laundry it's easy to get excited and just start developing that cool, new hanger. It's in a moment like this, you have to remember, that the idea you just got will almost always exists already. After all people have been inventing stuff

Presentation: Slope System - A niche tool for roofers

With Slope System we've solved a fixed problem in a niche market by focusing on safety, ergonomics and durability For decades roofers have been carrying rolls with 40 kg of tar paper up and down roofs on a ladder - a strenuous and relatively hazardous job. This issue is what our new tool Slope System is solving. When we began developing the system in collaboration with multiple stakeholders two years ago, the problem had been known for a very long time, but without an obvious way, tool or system to solve it. How it works The purpose of the project was to make the roofing job less heavy, more safe and improve ergonomics as well. We've achieved that with the two main-modules in the system: 1)

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