Five Things to Consider When Evaluating Product Development Firms

Finding a product development firm that’s right for your company to work with can be a difficult process. With so many factors to consider, it’s important to take time to really understand what you’re looking for. However, one trend that has appeared over the years with firms throughout the Engineering Services industry actually shows that […]


Dragon Innovation Q&A with CEO Scott Miller

A few weeks ago, we tuned into Dragon Innovation’s live Q&A with CEO Scott Miller to find out the keys to manufacturing success. One of the early topics that Scott touched on was the pace of change through technology. Scott started working at iRobot in 1998 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, designing and debugging the […]


How to Design a Visual Identity that is Unique to Your Product

For those new to hardware development, product design can seem like an abstract, enigmatic, and intimidating process. You present your ideas to a room of industrial designers and engineers, and you hope they understand and respect your vision enough to help you create a successful product. It can be a stressful experience; after all, you […]


Product Development Planning, from Product Idea to Manufacture

In an engineering utopia, every project would come in on time and under budget—and, of course, be delivered by a unicorn. Two of these are possible, despite all three being rare. But few projects are planned well, so we end up with unrealistic expectations and often don’t figure that out until the project is 80% […]


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 […]


PVT to Ramp Production

How to Make the Transition Ramp production is a critical phase that presents an array of new challenges for hardware companies, including nuanced communication with overseas suppliers, managing production timelines (and delays), and balancing speed, cost, and quality. During the webinar, Cameron will discuss: Options for manufacturing overseas at mid-volumes of 1k – 50k units […]


Hardware Generation: Nevados All-Terrain Solar Tracker

One of the best parts about working at Fictiv, located in the heart of San Francisco, is that we’re constantly surrounded by some of the world’s most talented engineers and industrial designers, building the next generation of hardware products. To give you a view into this exciting and rapidly growing world, we started a new […]


5 Ways to Streamline Factory Acceptance Testing

Engineering is sometimes like playing a game of whack-a-mole. Sometimes you get caught up, but there’s always that one mole that comes out of nowhere, jumps up, and smacks you across the face with its furry paw. Let’s talk about the things you should think about while designing your product, before it ever hits the […]


The Building Blocks of Product Concept Generation

This article was written by Olivia Eaton, Product Design Engineer at Verily Life Sciences , and Kassidy MacPhail, Product Development Engineer at Neptune Medical, when they were part of Generate at Northeastern University. ‍Great ideas form through critical observations of everyday things and by envisioning potential improvements to the mundane. While it’s easy to assume […]


Keeping Copycats Away: A Guide to Patents for Hardware Products

As an entrepreneur, you’ve probably heard this many times: “Ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head and see what they can do.” Every big idea starts with a small first step and many leaps of faith to get it realized. However, you’ve probably also seen big Kickstarter projects get funded, only […]