Christine Evans

Sr. Director of Marketing at Fictiv. I'm passionate about sharing the stories of amazing hardware entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Fictiv Announces Go-To-Market Trifecta to Accelerate Growth of its Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem

Manufacturing and technology executives from Jabil, Stratasys, and Markforged join Fictiv as the digital manufacturer eclipses 100% year-over-year growth. SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — October 4, 2021 — Fictiv today announced the addition of three senior manufacturing and technology leaders with decades of combined experience to its management team. Joanne Moretti has been named Chief Revenue […]

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Engineering Tips from the Director of Program Management at Igor Institute

In this edition of Engineering Heroes, we sat down with Kathy Fedirchuk, Director of Program Management at Igor Institute. During our conversation, we talked about overcoming the challenges of new product introduction during COVID, the importance of setting clear expectations with internal teams and suppliers, and the advantages of using a form template to facilitate […]

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SOC 2 Security Explained: How it Protects Your Design IP

Your company’s design IP is the lifeblood of your company and gives you a competitive edge, so protecting that information is a priority. Keeping critical information confidential and secure is a challenge for every organization, in part because there’s no single, professional standard for assessing cybersecurity. Not only that, information security, or infosec, is a […]

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Fictiv Launches New Auto-Generated 2D Drawings to Improve Quality in Early Stage Development

Fictiv is the first on-demand manufacturing platform to automatically generate drawings from 3D models, providing a solution for engineers that want higher quality parts, faster. SAN FRANCISCO, July 28, 2021 — Fictiv, the leader in high-quality manufacturing on-demand through its Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem, today unveiled an industry-first feature that enables engineers to create and edit 2D […]

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Introduction to On-Demand Manufacturing

The Rise of On-Demand Manufacturing It’s no surprise that the manufacturing industry felt the same pressure as other industries in a post-Amazon world. Customers expect companies to provide them with what they need when they want it, with very little tolerance for delays. The growth of ecommerce and the rapid rate of change in various […]

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Introducing Fictiv Enterprise: An Industry-First Solution Fulfilling Quality and Security Requirements for the Most Demanding Teams Launching New Products

Fictiv Enterprise delivers trusted on-demand manufacturing for large or complex organizations seeking faster, more agile supply chains with a reduced physical footprint. San Francisco, June 15, 2021 — Fictiv, the leader in high-quality manufacturing on-demand through its Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem, today unveiled Fictiv Enterprise, an industry-first digital manufacturing solution to meet the robust quality and security requirements of […]

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10 Macro Trends in Manufacturing

What is a macro trend? While a trend is a general shift toward a specific thing, a macro trend is a persistent and widespread shift on a global scale. Examples include urbanization, automation, and globalization. It’s much longer-lasting than a fad and tends to change national or global culture and practices. Policymakers and manufacturers need to […]

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Fictiv Launches a New and Improved Injection Molding Quote Experience

We’re excited to share some great new updates to our Injection Molding quote experience on the Fictiv platform!

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2021 State of Manufacturing Finds an Industry Rapidly Accelerating Past Recovery and Towards a Digital Future

Manufacturing leaders overwhelmingly report a focus on resilience, sustainability, and speed through digital transformation.

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6 Industries Being Transformed by 3D Printing

3D printing has grown from $4.4 billion in 2013 to an industry bringing in a projected $21 billion in 2021. This major growth is due to the growing number of applications of this technology across industries from printing food to building colonies on Mars. Other more practical applications for 3D printing include innovations in the […]

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10 Trends Shaping the Future of Supply Chain Management

The supply chain continues to evolve rapidly, keeping pace with the breakneck technological advancements of the modern era. Though it can be difficult for supply chain managers and business leaders to stay on top of these changes, it’s crucial to do so if you want to maintain the integrity of your supply chain and see […]

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Fictiv’s Andy Sherman Named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s 2021 Pros to Know

Sherman recognized among outstanding executives whose accomplishments leverage supply chains for competitive advantage. SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2021 — Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, today announced Andy Sherman, Fictiv VP of Manufacturing Operations, as a winner of its 2021 Pros to Know award. The award recognizes outstanding […]

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New: Easily Add Quality Inspections & Certifications to Your Fictiv Order

When you’re moving 100 miles-an-hour, juggling orders for ten critical parts to meet an important production milestone, the last thing you need is parts that don’t meet your spec.  With the latest updates to the Fictiv platform, you can now remove guesswork from the quality equation and easily add specific quality inspections and certifications to […]

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Industry and Career Resources for Promoting Diversity in Engineering

Advantages Gained from Diversity Innovation Profitability Shifting Demographics Demographics of the Engineering Industry Challenges and Barriers to Minorities in Engineering Different Types of Engineering Careers Training, Education, and Skill Development Financial Resources Scholarships and Grants Engineering Competitions Engineering Internships Associations, Networking, and Mentorship Additional Resources for Minorities and Women Interested in Engineering In the US […]

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Engineering Tips from a Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Peloton

Welcome to Engineering Heroes: a series where we interview the mechanical engineers behind innovative products to uncover actionable tips, advice, and best practices to help you optimize your own mechanical design workflows. For this edition we sat down with Heidi Farrell, Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Peloton to learn about an impressive tip for collaborating on […]

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Fictiv Adds Jabil Alumni to Board and Management Team for Expansion of its Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem

Veteran enterprise executives to increase Fictiv’s wealth of experience in enterprise markets and new product introduction SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —February 23, 2021— Fictiv today announced the addition of two senior technology leaders with decades of combined experience to its management team and the appointment of former Jabil Chief Marketing Officer Joanne Moretti to its Board […]

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Engineering Tips from a Sr. Mechatronics Engineer at Dusty Robotics

Welcome to our first edition of Engineering Heroes: a series where we interview the mechanical engineers behind innovative products to uncover actionable tips, advice, and best practices to help you optimize your own mechanical design workflows. For this edition we zoomed in with Peter Lee, Sr. Mechatronics Engineer at Dusty Robotics to learn about his […]

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Fictiv Raises $35M from 40 North Ventures and Honeywell

This latest funding round will fuel continued growth to meet demand for Fictiv’s quality-driven approach to on-demand manufacturing. San Francisco – February 17, 2021 – As the pace of digital transformation in manufacturing continues to accelerate, Fictiv today announced a new $35M round of funding led by 40 North Ventures to aggressively expand Fictiv’s groundbreaking […]

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Fictiv Named to Wealthfront’s 2021 Career-Launching Companies List

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —January 25, 2021— Fictiv today announced that it has been named to the 2021 Wealthfront Career-Launching Companies List. The ninth annual list features compelling technology companies that provide young people with a strong start to their careers. Each year, Wealthfront gathers input from 19 of the industry’s premier venture capital firms to […]

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[New]: Instant Pricing for Tight Tolerances and Streamlined Hardware Installation Quotes

We have some great new updates to Fictiv’s quoting technology to share with you!  We know many of you are working on cutting edge products across industries including aerospace, robotics, automotive, and medical devices, iterating on parts with complex, tight tolerance features. This means feature-specific tolerance callouts on technical drawings are the norm, not the […]

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CES 2021: Top 6 Tech Trends to Watch This Year

Learn about the top tech trends to look out for in 2021, from the CES opening keynote, "Tech Trends to Watch" with CTA Vice President of Research Steve Koenig.

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3 Ways AI Will Transform Innovation and Make Businesses Smarter in 2021 and Beyond

Artificial Intelligence is perhaps the most powerful General Purpose Technology underlying many of the exciting new developments and products unveiled at CES 2021. Bridget Karlin, IBM’s CTO and VP, talks about the “new possible” of AI, and promises that “AI changes everything”. The dedicated session on “The Power of AI” was packed with insights applicable […]

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Ability Now Bay Area Partners with Fictiv to Supply Key Protective Equipment

Ability Now Bay Area provides education, health and wellness, and technology support to adults with disabilities.  When the COVID crisis hit, Ability Now Bay Area (ANBA) faced a daunting challenge adapting to the new reality since most of their classes were in-person. Essential to any plans was the need to provide PPE (personal protective equipment) […]

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Sourcing High-Quality Parts from Overseas, Without the Risk

Our most recent webinar focused on how to source high-quality parts from overseas, without the risk. Fictiv team members Jeanette Zhang, Head of Overseas Fulfillment; Andy Sherman, Director of Global Supply Chain; Ricardo Ortiz, International Logistics Lead; and David Woodward, Director of Quality, answered questions and shared their insights and advice on overseas manufacturing advantages […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Fictiv

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re profiling a few of our Fictiv team members of Hispanic origin. Learn more about these amazing employees–where they began their careers; what drew them to Fictiv and what they value most about working here; what motivates them professionally; and how they spend their free time. Ricardo Ortiz, International Logistics […]

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Fictiv Overseas Shipping Is Now More Streamlined And Reliable Than Ever

Through conventional paths, ordering parts from overseas can often be a complex, risky process. In addition to quality risks inherent in working with unknown suppliers, the logistics involved to import goods from overseas can be confusing and overwhelming. And if importation documentation is mismanaged, you may be held liable for fines or even jail time.  […]

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Introducing Fictiv Radical Transparency: An Industry-First Solution for Production Visibility

Conventional manufacturing can be frustratingly opaque. To get visibility into production status, engineers and supply chain managers typically spend countless hours chasing down information. And when a critical build schedule is at risk, that’s the last thing you need. We’re thrilled to share our new radical transparency features that deliver unprecedented visibility, traceability, speed and […]

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New Feature: Add Your Company Shipping Account to Fictiv

You can now use your company UPS or Fedex shipping account with Fictiv, which may reduce your shipping prices. To add a new shipping account, simply navigate to the checkout page after configuring your quote and add your account information, including: account number, carrier, country, and zip code. ‍Your shipping account will be automatically saved […]

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New Quality Inspection Capabilities for GD&T, Tight Tolerances, and Production Quantities

At Fictiv, we’re constantly looking for ways to make the manufacturing process more streamlined for our customers. In addition to our standard inspections using hand metrology for CNC machined parts, we’re happy to now offer advanced inspections using coordinate measuring machines (CMM) or laser scanners, for more accurate, consistent, and scalable quality verification. ‍Customers can […]

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23 New Materials Now Available on the Fictiv Platform

Our aim at Fictiv is to give customers access to a wide range of manufacturing choices through a single streamlined destination, for maximum speed and flexibility. We’re thrilled to share we’ve supercharged our portfolio of capabilities with 20 new CNC materials and 3 new 3D printing materials for Stereolithography (SLA) and Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) […]

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Welcome to our Next Generation Quotes Experience

We’re excited to announce the launch of our next generation Quotes experience with new functionality to help teams quickly collaborate and develop products faster. We’ve listened to feedback from our customers and spoken to countless hardware developers over the years. With our newest update to Quotes on the Fictiv platform, it’s easier than ever to […]

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Fictiv Process Video: Anodizing

Anodizing increases corrosion resistance and enhances your product’s aesthetic appearance. Watch our video to see the anodizing process in action! Anodizing Materials Aluminum is the most ideal material for anodizing. ‍ The Anodizing Process Anodizing is an electrolytic passivation process that grows the natural oxide layer on cnc machining aluminum parts to protect them from […]

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Save Time on Large or Complex Quote Requests with Custom Quotes

At Fictiv, we strive to provide as much flexibility as possible when it comes to manufacturing, so you can get what you need on any budget, timeline, or stage of development. Since launching our Agile Manufacturing Solution this summer, we’ve expanded our manufacturing services offerings to include high volume production work for CNC machining services […]

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Fictiv Launches New Agile Manufacturing Solution to Unlock Overseas Manufacturing

San Francisco, CA – June 19th, 2018 – Fictiv today announced its new landmark Agile Manufacturing Solution (AMS), a suite of production manufacturing services for supply chain and engineering teams who need fast, quality end-use parts at high volumes of 100 – 500,000 units. AMS is available today at fictiv.com/agile. Fictiv’s AMS is designed to […]

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Fictiv Releases 2018 State of Hardware Report

More than 1,000 stakeholders across 72 industries say outdated manufacturing standards and technologies constrain domestic production and delay time to market ‍ San Francisco, CA – June 5, 2018 – Fictiv today released their third annual State of Hardware Report. This year’s survey polled 1,136 developers and manufacturers spanning 72 industries to provide detailed data-driven […]

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Introducing Online Order Tracking for Predictable Manufacturing Timelines

There’s nothing more anxiety-inducing than waiting on a critical part order and having zero visibility into its production status. When there’s a deadline to hit, manufacturing predictability is crucial. That’s why we’re excited to announce a significant improvement to online order tracking through the Fictiv platform, so engineers and procurement teams can track and manage […]

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Fictiv Achieves ISO Quality Management Certification

At Fictiv, we take quality management very seriously and have maintained strict quality standards since our founding in 2013. Today, we’re proud to announce that Fictiv is officially ISO 9001:2015 certified, in accordance with this set of internationally recognized quality management standards. Consistently Fast, Quality Manufacturing at Scale As we continue to help more and […]

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How to Prepare Your Request for Quote Package

Seven hundred years ago, Marco Polo returned from the Far East with tales of wonder and exotic goods, like silks, fine porcelains, and spices, which would set the trends for the upper classes of Europe for centuries to come. These days, importing products comes with less fame, but it has also never been easier: Manufacturers […]

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Sphero on the Engineering Behind their New Star Wars Products

Star Wars enthusiasts around the galaxy were captivated by the debut of the new, spherical droid BB-8™ in 2015’s The Force Awakens and subsequently rushed to purchase their own little droids, made by Boulder-based Sphero. Now, fans are eagerly snapping up the new BB-9E droid and the beloved classic, R2-D2. We teamed up with Sphero’s […]

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Introducing: The Fictiv Capabilities Guide and Help Center

As an engineer or designer, it can be tough to know which manufacturing process or material will best translate your designs in a physical prototype. To help teams deepen their understanding of the different technologies and materials available to them on the Fictiv platform, we launched our new Capabilities Guide: an online resource to explore […]

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Fictiv Launches 6 New CNC Materials

We’re happy to announce that the Fictiv platform now includes six new CNC machining materials: four metals and two plastics. In addition to Aluminum, 3 Stainless Steel alloys, ABS, Nylon, Delrin, and Polycarbonate, you can now order 3-day CNC machined parts in: Acrylic HDPE 7075 Aluminum Brass 17-4 PH Stainless Steel 1018 Low Carbon Steel Read […]

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Advanced Technologies Exploration: Direct Metal Laser Sintering

There are lots of different exciting advances in prototyping and machining technologies on the horizon. For this article we’re going to take a deeper look at one advanced technology we hear a lot of buzz around: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Read on for an overview of the method, the technical specs, and our views […]

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Fictiv Hardware Sessions with Sam Hickmann of Joy

One of the best parts about working at Fictiv is being surrounded by a community of amazing engineers and designers, building the next generation of hardware products. To shine some light on who those creators are and their best kept product development secrets, we’re launching a new video series called Hardware Sessions. Hardware Sessions is […]

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2017 State of Hardware Survey

Last year we created and shared our first Fictiv State of Hardware Survey with our community of engineers and designers. Your responses culminated in our inaugural 2016 State of Hardware Report, where we shared information on: How much time you allocate to build a functional prototype Most popular CAD software programs Top-of-mind challenges in bringing […]

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Uplevel Your Team with 4 Amazing New Fictiv Features

Fictiv is a platform built by engineers, for engineers. So every feature we build—from our quick-turn CNC service to our knowledge-rich Hardware Guide—is the product of listening to our customers and learning about the tools they need to work as effectively as the products they build. Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at […]

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The CNC Periodic Table of Elements Poster Giveaway Contest is Back!

We received so much great feedback on our CNC Periodic Table of Elements the first time around, so we’re giving away more posters! And this time around, we’re not just giving away a few posters… we’re doling out 10 posters every day for the next 2 weeks. Enter to win a free CNC Periodic Table […]

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Getting Intimate with Your Prototype: Lioness Spotlight

All startups have challenges. Funding. Staffing. Marketing. Sales. Customer service. If they’re hardware startups, they need to add supply chain, prototyping, and manufacturing to the mix. That’s all assuming their product or service is rated G. Lioness, a startup in the hardware manufacturing space, has an extra challenge—they  design and manufacture vibrators for women. This […]

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Hardware Weekly Vol 99

The week’s top hardware news. March 25, 2016 Products Test Your DNA at Home London-based Bento takes the expensive technologies used in molecular biology and pushes them to a wider audience with Bento DNA Laboratory. The portable lab is equipped with a centrifuge, a PCR thermocycler, and a gel electrophoresis to extract, copy and visualize […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 98

The week’s top hardware news. March 18th, 2016 Products Music Packed with Dopamine One of the most anticipated wearables at CES this year is now on IndieGogo and it promises divine pleasure. Here’s how it works: by sending a gentle electrical wave through the left ear canal, it stimulates the body’s Vagus nerve, while syncing […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 97

The week’s top hardware news. March 11th, 2016 Products Zero Screen Time PrimoToys has returned to Kickstarter to launch a new Cubetto Playset. If you haven’t seen this Montessori approved wooden robot yet, you’re in for a treat. Cubetto is designed to teach kids ages three and up the basics of computer programming, along with […]

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Moddler Brings Star Wars Holochess to Life with 3D Printing

Ever wonder how the fantastical creatures you see in Star Wars are brought to life? There are some incredible tools at the hands of filmmakers, animators and producers these days, one of which is 3D printing. So when Lucasfilm wanted to re-animate the lovable holochess game in The Force Awakens, they worked with Academy Award […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 96

The week’s top hardware news. March 4th, 2016. Products Kiddie STEM Kit If these are the toys children play with these days, can’t help but wonder what rockets they’ll be building by 7th grade. Take $100 Tio, a STEM kit available on Kickstarter, that features loose tech parts (wheels, pulleys, adaptors) to encourage mini makers […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 95

The week’s top hardware news. February 26th, 2016 Products The Planet is Your Playground If the thought of laser tag still gets you excited (we know it does; us, too!), then you’ll probably sense the potential of this $18 gadget that can turn your surroundings into an Augmented Reality first person shooter game. Just think […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 94

The week’s top hardware news. February 19th, 2016 Products Music You Can Swallow Audiopill is an experimental device for enjoying music, one that you need to, well, swallow. “It will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of a concert hall with a powerful audio system inside your body,” so says conceptual artist […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 93

The week’s top hardware news. February 12th, 2016 Products The Vibrator That Knows You A team of techies from companies like Google X and Amazon Lab126 are pushing the boundaries of sex research to create Lionness, a smart vibrator that uses sensors to learn your pleasure triggers. The more you use it, the more personal […]

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5 Rules to Help You Run Better Meetings

Ineffective meetings are a major time-suck.  People straggle in late, not exactly knowing what the purpose of the meeting is. A quick review turns into a length discussion.. which turns into a debate, which ends in no-one-really-knowing-what-the-point-of-the-meeting-was-or-what-to-do-next. Sound familiar? When run properly, meetings can provide clarity, alignment, and keep projects on schedule. Thankfully, we had […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 92

The week’s top hardware news. February 5th, 2016 Products TAPP Fingerprint Padlock There are so many online tutorials on how to pick a padlock that someone had to come up with a better solution for securing stuff. It comes in the form of a $29 seamless padlock called TAPP that unlocks when touched with a […]

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The DACI Framework: A Tool for Better Decision Making

We had the pleasure of welcoming accomplished and exceptional leader Kate Purmal to Fictiv to lead us in a workshop on teamwork. Kate launched her career as a member of the founding management team at Palm and has since worked in CEO, CFO, and COO roles at multiple startups and as a strategic consultant for Hewlett-Packard, […]

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Best Posts of 2015

Hellooo 2016! Is it seriously February already? Well, in the spirit of nostalgia, we’re takin’ a drive down memory lane, looking back at our most popular posts from 2015. 1.  Ultimate Guide to Surface Finishing 3D Printed Parts First up: our popular Ultimate Guide to Surface Finishing 3D Printed Parts. The guide covers different finishing […]

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A Closer Look: 3D Printing Materials Comparison

The most popular question we get at Fictiv is around 3D printing material choice: “Which material is best for my project?” Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, and it can be hard to make a decision without holding and seeing the material for yourself. You’re always welcome to come by the Fictiv office […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 91

The week’s top hardware news. January 27th, 2016. Products Like FitBit for Food This product is for those cooks who can take advice in their own kitchen. It’s the “world’s first smart cooking pan,” the $200 SmartyPans. What can it do? It measures weight, temperature and ingredients, integrates with nutrition and fitness apps and guides […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 90

The week’s top hardware news. January 20, 2016. Products The Most Normal-Looking Smart Glasses Another product that stirred some wonderment at CES was a pair of seemingly regular prescription glasses from Zeiss. They look normal, but perform as fully functional smart lenses. Who knew smart glasses didn’t have to look creepy? + further improvements on […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 89

The week’s top hardware news. January 14th, 2016 Products Programmable Drone There are so many gadgets that teach people how to code these days, it’s a miracle if there’s anyone left uninitiated. Robolink uses a drone, though. That’s new! CoDrone is the first drone that can be programmed to do whatever tricks you want. Like […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 88

The weeks top hardware news. January 7th, 2016 Products dokiWatch Born from a developer’s need to find his nephew at the mall, this 3G enabled smartwatch for kids has some appeal for kids and grownups alike. It’s got video calling, GPS tracking and a hard-to-miss red SOS button connected to the parent’s smartphone. + The […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 87

The week’s top hardware news. December 30th, 2015 Products The Sound Reactive Mask Just in time for New Years, Canadian startup Outline Montréal launched their first Kickstarter campaign for a wild party animal mask. Harnessing the potential of sound reactive technology, they created a luminous jaguar mask that translates musical beats into light. Translation: a […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 86

The week’s top hardware news. December 17th, 2015 Products Like Headphones for Your Eyes Funded on Kickstarter in 2014, Avegant’s Glyph video headset is ready to go into mass production. We’re mentioning it because, for $699, it’s a device that gets close to the VR experience by projecting images directly to your retina by using […]

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How Entrepreneurial Are You?

If you’ve ever watched ABC’s Shark Tank, you may have heard one of the investors say something like, “I think you’re really smart and have a great idea, but you’re an inventor — not an entrepreneur.” Whether you like Shark Tank as a form of entertainment or not, I think the seperation of these two […]

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Hardware Weekly | Vol 85

The week’s top hardware news. December 11th, 2015 Products World’s Safest Drone Still don’t know how to tackle drone safety? A Belgian startup just came up with the solution: make a drone like a giant flying marshmallow! Fleye can hover and fly about a room all on its own without injuring anyone while taking their […]

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Industrial Design vs Mechanical Engineering [VIDEO]

We recently hosted experts from 3 of the top product design firms in the country, Whipsaw, Mindtribe, and Synapse as well as over a hundred San Francisco designers and engineers to explore the give and take between design and engineering in the development of hardware products. We captured the discussion on video and look forward to continuing the conversation!

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Tips for 3D Printing Jewelery Designs

Modern jewelry design can greatly benefit from advances in 3D printing technology. 3D printing can help you reduce material costs, iterate on your jewelry designs more quickly, and assess more accurate models to ultimately make more better pieces. The two main ways we recommend jewelery designers leverage 3D printing technology are: 3D print models of […]

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Hardware and Pancakes with Nebia

At our recent Pancakes + Hardware event, Gabe Parisi-Amon, CTO at Nebia, shared product development insights on the wildly popular shower head that caught fire on Kickstarter. The pancakes were also a hit (but thankfully not on fire) and engineers had a great opportunity to connect with Gabe and his Co-founder Phil since Nebia is hiring. Read on for […]

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How to Use 3D Printing to Design Furniture

Additive manufacturing has revolutionized the way we prototype products—new ideas can take shape in a matter of hours. While large-scale 3D printing is becomingly increasingly possible, the technology is still most commonly used to develop consumer products on a smaller scale. However, this shouldn’t stop you from thinking big when it comes to using additive […]

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Compensation Guidelines for Industrial Design Consultants

Industrial Design consulting work is a great way to maintain personal flexibility and build a wide variety of skills, but it can be hard to know how to get started. Of the many things to learn along the way, figuring out how much to charge for your work is a good place to start. Here’s a […]

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Defining Lean Hardware Development [VIDEO]

We hear the terms “lean product development” and “hardware revolution” thrown around as descriptors for the future of hardware, but what do those ambitious labels really mean? We asked four hardware startups, in the midst of it all, to define exactly what “lean” means to them and how it influences the way they develop hardware […]

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10 Steps for a Smooth Transition to High Volume Manufacturing

Scaling up a new product from the prototype or low-volume production stage into a high-volume manufacturing environment can be one of the most exciting and stressful stages of the hardware development life cycle. The decisions made during this transition will have significant implications for all aspects of a product, from tooling and manufacturing process control […]

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Guide to IoT Product Development

Introduction: A Brief History of IoT In 1926, inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla remarked upon the potential power of wireless technology to eliminate social problems arising out of the natural distance that exists between individuals and groups of people: “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which […]

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5 Amazing Uses of 3D Printing to Further Medical Advancements

Now that 3D printing is a more developed technology, the advantages it offers in the mechanical world are vast. But the power of 3D printing isn’t limited to building car parts and iPhone cases. When its vast capabilities of personalization and customization are applied to the medical field, the results are continuously pushing boundaries. From […]

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This is How an Aerospace Engineer Designs Hardware Products

For almost 5 years, James Olander worked as Senior Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin, a large aerospace company, leveraging his degrees in Aerospace and Space Systems Engineering to develop innovative satellite technology and launch vehicles. But to be a small piece of a massive organization like Lockheed Martin, no matter how great the company or […]

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Tips for Prototyping Food-Safe Products

So you’re thinking of making a food-related product that needs to be food-safe — great! This article will help guide you toward the right materials, necessary regulations and approvals, best production processes, and design considerations. Which Products and Components Need to be Food-Safe? It’s easy to remember that packaging and tableware need to be food-safe, but […]

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Industrial Design vs Mechanical Engineering — How Endless Manages the Give and Take

Beauty and function encompass two critical elements of a hardware product: one tangible and the other intangible. For Endless Mobile, these two elements encapsulate the overarching vision for the product they sought to create: an affordable, yet delightful and luxurious computer for the developing world. For hardware companies, mechanical engineering and industrial design can sometimes appear […]

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Financing Hardware Products: Kickstarter vs Indiegogo vs Pre-Orders

You’ve ran your tests and iterated until you can iterate no more (well, you could but you won’t). Now finally, (finally!) you’re ready to bring your product to the masses. But what’s the best way to get it out there? Kickstarter and Indiegogo have brought some real success stories to market over the past few years and […]

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Why Process Trumps Relationships in China

When it comes to manufacturing in China, there’s one idea that seems to dominate the conversation: relationships are everything. Success seems to revolve around your ability to build strong relationships with the right people who will introduce you to the right factories. Moreover, continued success depends on maintaining a strong relationship with that factory so […]

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Building Dreams: Insights on Becoming a Hardware CEO

Each startup begins with a dream, an idea. But to discover the courage, strategy, and means to actually move toward realizing that idea is a exceptional task and for most Founders that period of transition is both challenging and transformative. Clifton Roozeboom is in the midst of such a transition as he moves from completing […]

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Petcube’s CTO on How to Work with Vendors in China

For this week’s Hardware Spotlight, we’re chatting with Alex Neskin, the CTO at Petcube, an innovative product that connects owners with their pets using remote wireless camera streaming, 2-way audio, and a built-in laser pointer. Often the greatest lessons are born out of challenges encountered and Alex Neskin, CTO at Petcube, relates to this sentiment all too […]

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Luna on Best Practices for Manufacturing Your First Hardware Product

If you’re developing your first product, the process to take a prototype and transform it into a commercially viable product may seem overwhelming. Should you find a contract manufacturer or use several independent manufacturers? Should you work with local vendors or consider overseas? How finished should your prototype be before you start talking to a […]

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4 Strategies to Build the Community Your Product Needs

WeIn this Spotlight we’re lucky to share our conversation with Lisa Fetterman, CEO and Co-founder of Nomiku, the company behind an at-home sous vide machine. Lisa is a dedicated entrepreneur included in this 2015’s Forbes Food and Wine 30 under 30 and a young hardware veteran with hard-earned product development and manufacturing experience, having lived 2 years next to her factory […]

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Hardware Lessons From Anymote

In this week’s Hardware Spotlight, we had the chance to sit down with Sergiu Dogaru, co-founder at AnyMote. Sergiu Dogaru, Alina Dogaru and their co-founder, Michal Simkovic, created the AnyMote Smart Remote to give us the truly universal remote we’ve all dreamed of. We chatted with Sergiu about manufacturing in China, prepping for a successful Kickstarter, […]

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PLA Color Comparison: Color vs. Strength

We recently took a look at a study which measures the material properties of ABS and PLA printed on RepRap printers in comparison to parts printed on commercial machines. The study showed that PLA and ABS parts printed on RepRap printers are relatively comparable to parts printed on commercial machines in terms of tensile strength and elastic […]

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The Exciting Possibilities of DIY Virtual Reality

We’re seeking out the best hardware companies and engineers to help uncover the many challenges, lessons, and philosophies behind hardware product development. In this week’s Hardware Spotlight, we’re learning about the exciting possibilities of Virtual Reality with Patrick Buckley from DODOcase. He’s launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the development of open web-based Virtual Reality software tools to support […]

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Behind the Scenes Look at a Design Project for Menlo Ventures

This week we’re spotlighting the development of a product we created for Menlo Ventures with industrial designer Mark Kelley. We took the opportunity to ask Mark a few questions about the industrial design process and how his skills fit into this collaborative project with Fictiv co-founder and engineer Dave Evans. Mark, can you describe where your design skills […]

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An Inside Look at the Development of the Zuli Smartplug

We’re seeking out the most amazing hardware companies and engineers to help uncover the many challenges, lessons, and philosophies behind what makes them so awesome and how they develop their products. In this week’s Hardware Spotlight, we had the chance to sit down with Taylor Umphreys co-founder and CEO at Zuli. Taylor and his co-founders, Sid […]

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Stop Making Negative Progress — How to Build Stronger, More Reliable Hardware Products

Successful product development involves a rigorous and detailed process of testing, breaking, and fixing. However without the right system in place, it can be difficult to parse out the details of effective changes versus ineffective ones. Nathan Hall-Snyder, VP of Engineering at Kespry, a commercial drone technology company that recently raised $10M in Series A funding, knows […]

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The Unique Design Behind Boombotix, a Rugged and Portable Speaker

We’re seeking out the most amazing hardware companies and engineers to help uncover the many challenges, lessons, and philosophies behind what makes them so awesome and how they develop their products. In this week’s Hardware Spotlight we had the chance to chat with Chris McKleroy, Co-founder and Product Designer at Boombotix. He shared with us his […]

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Iterative Product Development Philosophy from SoundFocus

We’re seeking out the best hardware companies and engineers to help uncover the many challenges, lessons, and philosophies behind hardware product development. In this Hardware Spotlight, we had the chance to sit down with Alex Selig, co-founder at SoundFocus. Alex, and his co-founder Varun Srinivasan, founded the company with the goal of building revolutionary audio processing technologies […]

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How Inscopix is Developing a Revolutionary Microscope System

In this Hardware Spotlight, we’re learning a lot about neurons and photons from Sam Malanowski, Product Engineer at Inscopix. Inscopix makes a miniaturized microscope system that allows for researchers to view large-scale neural circuit dynamics in freely behaving rodents.  Sam shares with us his experience working as an engineer amongst a majority group of PhD researchers, […]

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The Product Evolution Behind Drumpants, a Wearable Musical Instrument

We’re seeking out the best hardware companies to help uncover the many challenges, lessons, and philosophies behind hardware product development.  In this week’s Hardware Spotlight, we had the chance to sit down with Tyler and Lei, co-founders at DrumPants. They founded the company with the vision to pioneer a more natural way for humans to interact with their […]