The 5 Iterative Product Design Process Requirements

The iterative process starts with requirements or assumptions that form the base of the product design project. To start, you create the first product, test it, and revise for the next version. Step One: User Observation and Research. Step Two: Ideate. Step Three: Prototype. Step Four: Analyze. Step Five: Evaluation and Review: Compare manufacturing requirements… Read more »

AutoCAD or SolidWorks?

AutoCAD and SolidWorks.  They’re not alike, and from a business design standpoint they’re complements. AutoCAD is a 2D CAD tool created by AutoDesk and it’s the industry standard for 2D CAD. Although it does have 3D modeling tools, 3D modeling isn’t its main purpose. As such, AutoCAD isn’t as effective as programs that were specifically… Read more »

Metaverse Consumer Product Modeling Scene Developer Terms and Glossary


In describing the applications and benefits of the virtual world and showcasing your company physical products, we frequently use phrases that might not be readily understood even by people well-versed. Advanced 3D Analytics and Data (MetaVRse) –  Z-dimension allows for real time heat maps of global consumer behavior. The future of data is here and… Read more »

Decentraland Scene Developer

Call Us, Write Us, Or Knock On Our Door. Decentraland Illustrative Designs Would be Happy To Meet You And Launch Your Idea Into The Meta. Decentraland is a virtual world that is built on the blockchain.  It allows users to purchase parcels and plots of land using the in-game cryptocurrency Mana.   Since its launch, the… Read more »

The Creative Process Flow

Phase Zero Investigation Presearch, search, research Deliverables identified Competitive analysis and strategic listening initiated Technology requirements, delivery platforms and media discussed Project plan developed   Phase 1 Exploration Concepts, inventions and visualizations created Ergonomics and human interface investigated Engineering layouts produced and detailed foam models created Materials and manufacturing methods evaluated Audio, navigation mapping and… Read more »


What is Patentable? Subject matter eligible for a “utility patent” includes “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” 35 U.S.C. §101. A “design patent” can also be granted for “a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.” 35 U.S.C. §171. A… Read more »


INVENTION DISCLOSURE Inventor(s):     (Enter Your Name Here) Address(es):    (Enter Your Address Here) Telephone Number(s)  (Enter Your Telephone Here) e-Mail Address(es)  (Enter Your Email Here) Title of Invention:       (Enter Your Invention Name Here) CONCEPTION While some of the information on this form will not be applicable to every invention and sometimes all of the information requested… Read more »

How the new Corona Virus is sending manufacturers searching for homeland viable options…

COVID-19 Update. Since several clients are still waiting on product fully injection molded parts on hold from China. Some of our associate travelers abroad are reporting the following. This is the best data we can find: Coronavirus has been around long enough now that researchers are starting to come up with some solid numbers. Of… Read more »

The Physical Mechanical Design Glossary

  Can you communicate mechanically? If you plan to hire a 3D model designer, use these physical mechanical design terminologies to express yourself more effectively in the English design language.   Structure: Annulus (ring) cylinder jaw shoe Apron dasher (plunger, churn) jib (crane arm) shoulder Arbor (shaft) detent lagging (support) skeleton arm device leg sleeve… Read more »

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It’s inspired by how you collaborate, adding functionality that lets you focus on the people and content in the meeting that matter the most. Use these three resources to light speed communication with our team today: Screen Share:

Drawing Standards

45 Engineering Drawing Best Practices Modeling: Use official company templates for all files. At the beginning of modeling a part, take a little time to strategize an appropriate build sequence before diving in. Keep design intent and manufacturability/inspectability in mind when choosing the origin and orientation about which to model the part. An extrusion, for… Read more »

Patent drawings require DXF CAD first

Convert working drawings into DXF patent drawings required by our suggested Paralegal Intellectual Property Law firms in Colorado:   Cochran Freund & Young LLC 3555 Stanford Road, Suite 230Fort Collins, Colorado 80525 (970) 492-1100   LATHROP & GAGE LLP 4845 Pearl East Circle,Suite 201 Boulder, Colorado 80301, USA: (720)-931-3015

CREO Best, Standard, and Procedural Practices

INTRODUCTION: This document contains both Standard Practices and Recommended Practices for Creo. It is necessary to follow “standard practices” so users can understand and work with each other’s models. “Recommended practices” also help with efficiency and understanding each other’s models, but are not strictly enforced. You should read this entire document. Below is a list… Read more »

Formlabs2 3D Print Service Request Source

The Formlabs is the most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created.  Our In-house SLA 3D printer creates professional-grade detail wax models. We recommend 3D Printing with Stereolithography (SLA) is a 3D printing technology that converts liquid materials into solid parts, layer by layer.  SLA is widely used to create models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts… Read more »


Use this TEMPLATE for a SERVICE AGREEMENT entered into by and between illustrative designs (iD) and __________ (Client).  iD and Client agree as follows: SCOPE OF iD DUTIES. Client engages iD to perform certain design and engineering services related to ________________________________________________________. The proposal of <date> is an integral part of this Agreement. iD is being… Read more »


Use this TEMPLATE when negotiating a standard revenue sharing agreement:   REVENUE SHARING AGREEMENT    —DRAFT FOR DISCUSSION— THIS AGREEMENT is by and between ILLUSTRATIVE DESIGNS, a Colorado Sole Proprietor (hereinafter referred to as “ID”), whose business address is [address], (hereinafter referred to as “ID”) and “_________________________________”, an individual whose address is __________________________________ (hereinafter referred to… Read more »

We See 3D

3D scanning enables you to quickly capture accurate data for use in any manufacturing process that dramatically increase your productivity and efficiency. Realize the immediate benefits 3D scanning has to offer today for reverse engineering hard surface CAD modeling.


Top 100 Entrepreneur’s first use this form below to start communicating with our process based approach toward hiring us as your product designer who can accomplish your goals today. MUTUAL NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT This Agreement is entered into by and between [person/company] having its principal place of business at [address], and illustrative designs known here now… Read more »

Hiring a Drafter Problem Mix

Hiring a CAD product design drafter utilizing a “Problem Mix” approach is most effective.  This problem mix is simply learning important aspects of a design.  Determine which things are most important and let those things govern your decisions about a problem first. Every design problem has some areas which are more important than others.  Once… Read more »

Optimize with Predictive 3D Modeling

Design is finding the best over-all solution. It is considering all the different “needs” of the problem and solving those needs according to importance. Design, like life, is often full of compromises. Good design is the best compromise. It is the optimum solution within a specific set of parameters or boundaries to a given problem…. Read more »