Design Process: From Idea to Finished Product

  • December 5, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Do you want to know what it really takes to get a great product concept from an idea to the consumer market? The specifics of the design process can look very different depending on the type of design work being done, the industry or company producing the design, or who the individual is that creates the actual design. Join us while Industrial Design Professional Porter Million touches on everything from initial concept to final manufacturing.

Bio: 
Porter is a senior level industrial designer/product developer with consulting, corporate, and 'startup' experience.  He is a 'hands-on’ designer who likes to see products through from the drawing board to the consumer. With almost 10 years of design experience, Porter has worked on products for the following industries: medical devices, toys, fitness, sporting goods, soft goods, pet products, juvenile safety products, transportation-related components and accessories, and consumer electronics. He is currently the lead industrial designer for a local start-up called Canopy. Canopy's latest product is Sensus, the world's first case that transforms the back and sides of your phone into a useable surface. For more info check out:www.getsensus.com

 

About the Group.

Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers.   Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers.  Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights.  Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals.  Relax and have interesting conversations.  Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.

Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate.  Many are starting their second or third business.  A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries.  Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+.  Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

RSVPs on the Meetup website don't include participants from our hosts personal email list and LinkedIn groups.  Many regulars just show up.  We don't cancel a meeting due to low RSVPs on Meetup.  Our largest attendance was about 45 people, but I've enjoyed smaller groups where I get to hear more from each person.

Let the host know what kind of expert you would like to have at a future meeting and feel free to refer speakers.

 

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  • Chris F.

    I thought you all might enjoy this "...run-down of the on-the-ground reality of having electronics manufactured in Shenzhen, China." via BoingBoing (don't work about the audio gap, it picks back up). Speaker rambles a bit, but nice to hear someone who is accomplished sharing first hand info: http://boingboing.net/2013/12/1...­

    December 16, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    Presentation by Million now on Files and Pages tabs of this Meetup.

    December 9, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Really enjoyed the presentation and hearing from everyone in the room. I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and curiosity, and look forward to getting to meet you at the next event.

    Here is the link to the materials library site I mentioned: https://www.inventables.com­

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Porter M.

    Just wanted to extend a big 'Thank You' to everyone that attended last night, and to Gypsy, for hosting. Hopefully my presentation was able to give you a better idea of the steps you need to take to get an idea from concept to a finished product. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact me. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to put you in contact with someone who does. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at future events!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Nick V.

    Awesome presentation! There were a few questions that arose that I can assist with:
    1) Patents. Use this for a good search tool http://www.uspto.gov/patents/pr...­ and then http://pat2pdf.org/­ for a free PDF with all the details. This is the best FREE method I have found.
    2) Material Samples: I have a ton of sample products manufactured at our facilities in MN and in China. Plastic injection (TPU, ABS, PC+ABS, overmold, soft touch paint), metal stamping (steel, aluminum), anodizing samples, and more. Contact me if you want to discuss your application and I can help with material selection.
    3) Manufacturers: My company has over 7 years of experience in design through manufacturing in MN and China. Our China partners are chosen based on a track record of quality work. China is very easy to work with! I can help walk you through the common pitfalls. Please contact me if you need prototypes or production advice.
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    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Porter M.

      Thanks Nick. Great to meet you and thanks for coming.

      December 6, 2013

  • Julie

    Great presentation! This is an amazing Meet-Up group. Lots of talent and generosity.

    December 6, 2013

    • Porter M.

      Thank you and thanks for coming!

      December 6, 2013

  • John M.

    Outstanding presentation.

    December 5, 2013

  • Mark

    Sorry, I completely forgot this was tonight and was unable to change my RSVP

    December 5, 2013

  • John M.

    750 2nd St. NE Training Room next to 143, Hopkins, MN

    Correct?

    December 5, 2013

  • Gypsy

    Come to the North Door between the flag poles... there will be signs on the door.

    December 5, 2013

  • Eswar

    Not able to join this week.

    December 5, 2013

  • Yossif E.

    Oops can't go this time. Hopefully I'll join in next time.

    December 5, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    The Excelsior Tech Center as a soda machine but no food, so bring your own if you need to eat during the meeting.

    November 21, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    We will be meeting in the "Training Room" which is right next to Suite 143 (Gysy Roger's Suite).

    It is best to enter the building through the double doors on the north side between the flag poles (there is street parking there). The facility is just inside Hwy 169 and north of Excelsior Boulevard.

    November 21, 2013

  • Franklyn Colebrooke J.

    Will the principals being shared apply across different industries?

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Porter M.

      The principals will not be product specific. I will be providing a more general design process approach.

      November 21, 2013

  • Nick V.

    I provide local design resources and global manufacturing. Customers include tesla motors, AMD, Altia Systems. Manufacturing in mn and china.

    November 21, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    Note the new location and starting time for the next two meetings. Member Gypsy Rogers has sponsored the space, but the building closes at 6:00 pm so we need to be inside before that.

    November 21, 2013

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