Month: September 2019

SGW Designworks CEO Accepted into Forbes Business Council

SGW Designworks CEO Accepted into Forbes Business Council

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."—Bill Gates At SGW Designworks, our leadership team is continually looking for opportunities to empower our clients, individuals within our company, and the business community at large....

6 Product Development Trends to Expect, Post-Pandemic

6 Product Development Trends to Expect, Post-Pandemic

A few months ago, several members of the SGW Designworks leadership team convened for a roundtable discussion that served as both a retrospective and a projection of where we see our company going in the months and years to come.  We talked about SGW’s humble...

The Human Side of Engineering and Product Development

The Human Side of Engineering and Product Development

During my college years, a family friend asked what I was studying. They were quite surprised when I told them mechanical engineering — because they responded with, “But you are so good with people!”  I was proud of my math and science abilities and had to...

Product Development in 2020: An SGW Perspective

Product Development in 2020: An SGW Perspective

Recently, several from SGW’s leadership team convened to discuss the state of product development in 2020 — specifically, trends and technological advancements that are shaping our industry. To spark this discussion, we reflected on a Forbes article from last year...

Empathy in Action: An Example of Empathic Product Design

Empathy in Action: An Example of Empathic Product Design

“Empathy is one of our greatest tools of business that is most underused.”—Daniel Lubetzky, CEO, Kind When people hear the word “empathy,” many think of how it affects our interpersonal relationships, specifically how we relate to and connect with other humans. But...

From Stanford to SGW: An Intern Product Designer Perspective

From Stanford to SGW: An Intern Product Designer Perspective

Hi, I’m Kenzie Roan — Boise born and raised, a Product Design student at Stanford University, and SGW Designworks’ summer “Intern Product Designer.” Coming into my summer internship at SGW I was excited to dig in and apply the principles I learned in school to real...

International Business: Benefits for Our Clients and the Classroom

International Business: Benefits for Our Clients and the Classroom

Like most product designers and developers, we thrive in an innovative, fast-paced environment. (We are problem solvers, after all.) As such, we enjoy being presented with challenges — which is a good thing, because no two projects are the same. This means each day is...

We’ve Found It! Transforming Product Challenges into Eureka Moments

We’ve Found It! Transforming Product Challenges into Eureka Moments

Eureka!  It only took two weeks and we finally had it. We had started with a blank canvas and we now had a concept idea worthy of our client’s approval.  Did we really say “Eureka”? Not really, but maybe we should have. It was more like, “Yep, there it is. Let’s...

Just Launched: New Solution-Based Service Offering

Just Launched: New Solution-Based Service Offering

In our over ten years working with companies to accelerate their product development projects, we have learned a lot about what works — and what doesn’t. And because we pride ourselves in a solution-based, client-first approach, identifying and addressing a client’s...

Destination Oshkosh: SGW Lands at AirVenture 2019

Destination Oshkosh: SGW Lands at AirVenture 2019

When you hear of the Wisconsin town of Oshkosh, one might think of overalls and industry. After all, the area was once known as “Sawdust City” due to the number of lumber mills in the vicinity. But this special place in America’s heartland is known for more than...

Revolutionizing the GSE Market: The AERO Specialties Story

Revolutionizing the GSE Market: The AERO Specialties Story

When AERO Specialties first reached out to us in 2013, we were eager to work with them. The company, which consists of self-admitted “aviation pros,” has a track record in the GSE market that speaks for itself. At that time, AERO Specialties had nearly thirty years of...

Client Confidentiality in Product Design and Development

Client Confidentiality in Product Design and Development

If you’ve been acquainted with SGW Designworks for a while, you know we are vocal champions of our clients’ success. In our company’s history, we’ve worked with industry leaders in agriculture equipment, consumer, industrial, and IoT markets to develop a host of...

Developing Service Equipment (That Lasts)

Developing Service Equipment (That Lasts)

In recent years, SGW has established relationships with companies whose products and equipment must hold up to incredibly harsh conditions in an industrial setting. Frequently, we are tasked with developing service equipment such as GSE (ground service equipment) for...

Product Testing, 1,2,3…

Product Testing, 1,2,3…

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles, and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”James Dyson During the product development process, design iterations allow us to work out the kinks in a...

Well-Designed Products — and How We Build Them

Well-Designed Products — and How We Build Them

Well-designed products make me happy.  The feeling of holding a product and immediately understanding what it is and how I can use it is satisfying. Even more satisfying: having played a part in the process of designing something well and understanding the amount...

9 Tips for Early-Stage Product Development

9 Tips for Early-Stage Product Development

“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.”Brian Reed Whether we’re working on an industrial design project, firmware development, or PCBA design and layout, early-stage product development sets a precedent for eventual project outcomes. From the...

The 4 Levels of Prototype Development

The 4 Levels of Prototype Development

So you have an idea. Maybe you know you’re going to need to show more than just an idea to potential investors, but you’re not entirely sure what prototype development entails. If this describes you, you’re not alone — prototyping questions are among the most common...

5 Lean Principles and How These Guide the SGW Environment

5 Lean Principles and How These Guide the SGW Environment

We’ll be the first to tell you: there is a lot to be learned in the world of product design and development. From understanding and applying lean principles to grasping the specific uses of certain types of tools and equipment, we are presented with challenges and...

Injection Molding vs. 3D Printing – Which One, When?

Injection Molding vs. 3D Printing – Which One, When?

As a product development company, we focus on applying lean principles and working with insight. This requires prioritizing frequent and focused prototyping throughout a project’s lifecycle. And it means we as designers and developers must have an in-depth...

Let’s Talk Machines: 10 Processes Used to Make Product Prototypes

Let’s Talk Machines: 10 Processes Used to Make Product Prototypes

“You do not need to be Alan Greenspan to understand that the more things a machine can do, the bigger the market.”Fred Hapgood, Discover Magazine, June 2008 As we develop product prototypes in today’s modern world, it is crucial that we understand our capabilities —...

Client vs. Product Design Companies: Two Perspectives

Client vs. Product Design Companies: Two Perspectives

At SGW Designworks, we take great pride in our ability to work with clients of all types. In fact, the most successful product design companies are able to convey complicated concepts while truly understanding their client’s needs — then communicating accordingly....

From Sketch to CAD — The Engineer’s Drawing Board Then and Now

From Sketch to CAD — The Engineer’s Drawing Board Then and Now

“When designing a part for a plastic injection mold, you should be able to put your pen down on a piece of paper, and draw the entire parting line of the mold without picking up your pen.” For engineers who have been around since pre-CAD days, the directive above...

Product Engineering with Insight: The SGW Philosophy

Product Engineering with Insight: The SGW Philosophy

Any good product development engineer knows that, in addition to repetition and practice, they must think critically about how the process of their work relates to the selection of materials, the design of parts, and fabrication. This type of critical thinking and...

Product Design Services: How Outsourcing Can Reduce Your Cost

Product Design Services: How Outsourcing Can Reduce Your Cost

Many companies tend to think that the leanest way of operating is to focus on product design internally. This approach has its benefits — but often leads to inefficiencies, loss of business, and burnout among employees. While it may seem like a waste of money to pay...

Developing a Product Is Hard (Here’s How to Make it Easier)

Developing a Product Is Hard (Here’s How to Make it Easier)

You have an idea for a new product. Great. Now what? You should build a prototype, right? Find angel investors? Apply for a patent? Not necessarily. Developing a product is hard and often fails because: Problems are not defined clearly.Projects...

I’m a New Grad Who Chose Mechanical Engineering — Here’s Why

I’m a New Grad Who Chose Mechanical Engineering — Here’s Why

My path towards a career in mechanical engineering began at home as a kid, in a family where I am the youngest of five. Five children tend to cause lots of problems that can be fixed — from hand-me-down bicycles to packing the car for a road trip — so I had numerous...

Building A World Class Product Development Team

Building A World Class Product Development Team

Product Development - it's sexy, it's cool, everybody wants to be involved with it. It is where new ideas are tested, new revenue streams are defined, and business turn around. But as an r&d manager of NPD director, what does it really take to build a world-class...

An Intern’s Perspective on Team Engineering

An Intern’s Perspective on Team Engineering

Over the past several months, I've been fascinated by the incredible feats of engineering that were accomplished during the space race. Engineers of all trades worked tirelessly together to design, prototype, test, re-prototype, and ultimately create vehicles capable...

Industrial Design Company SGW Designworks

Industrial Design Company SGW Designworks

Industrial Design Company In the world of product design and engineering, the term "Industrial Design" is used many different ways, meaning different things to different businesses. Some people use the term referring specifically to the design efforts focused on...

Should You Hire a Product Design Company?

Should You Hire a Product Design Company?

Should you Hire a Product Design Company? Many of the smaller businesses we work with understand that in order to get their product from the concept stage to production, they will need to hire an outside product development company or product design firm. The larger...

VR Prototyping Can Save you Thousands of Dollars

VR Prototyping Can Save you Thousands of Dollars

When you hear Virtual Reality Prototyping, do you think gaming somewhat instantly? if you do, you are not alone. But the reality of VR is that there are many other applications for this technology in many industries, not just gaming. From shopping to marketing,...

A guide for Startups working with Product Design Companies

A guide for Startups working with Product Design Companies

 We are frequently asked if we work with startup companies. The answer is a qualified 'Yes': While most of our business is with established businesses, we do work with startups, when they have realistic expectations about their business and about development. When we...

Structuring Product Design Engineering Projects

Structuring Product Design Engineering Projects

The success or failure of a product development effort depends on many things. The development work itself will focus on testing and validating features, functions, and designs in order to maximize the likelihood of a successful product. But the structure of the...

Managing Innovation in Product Development Engineering

Managing Innovation in Product Development Engineering

Product Development engineering in practice, as we have seen, relies heavily on the application of creative ideas into innovative products/processes.  How these concepts are supported is where the magic happens in the design development consultancy field. Creative and...

Design Thinking Strategies for an Innovative Product Design Process

Design Thinking Strategies for an Innovative Product Design Process

The production of creative strategies to use in an innovative product design process is fully dependent on the engineering staff.  The following quote from Chang (2016, p.356) helps to round out the point.   “It is well known from the literature that the personal...

Prototyping Ultimate Goal

Prototyping Ultimate Goal

Design iterations or prototypes allow us to work out all the kinks in a product before it is complete. No new product gets completed without some hiccups or bumps along the way.   Some testing is as straightforward as taking a product or device and trying it out...

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