Tag: production

Burton: How to Make a Snowboard
March 12, 2011

Traveling to Burlington, Vermont, the Cool Hunting video crew visits Burton's snowboard manufacturing center to learn about their handmade process and prototyping techniques. Chris Doyle, the brand's "mad scientist" who's worked with founder Jake Burton since 1996, gives a behind-the-scenes tour explaining what makes their snowboards industry...

Plastic Injection Molding: How it's done
November 16, 2010

Injection molding (British English: moulding) is a manufacturing process for producing parts from both thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. Material is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the mold cavity.After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer, molds are made by a moldmaker (or toolmaker) from metal, usually...

Vinyl toys: How it's done
November 2, 2010

  Take a peek inside the Obitsu Factory, which has been manufacturing Japanese toys since 1966. Rotational molding, also known as rotomolding, rotocasting or spin casting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of mostly hollow items, typically of plastic. A heated hollow mold is filled with a charge or shot weight of material, it is then slowly rotated (usually around two perpendicular axes) causing the softened material to disperse and...

Custom Gecko Coffee Mug
July 23, 2010

  I've been fortunate enough to work on several recent custom product concepts for a famous US auto insurance company. When Kevin Silver came across an opportunity to present promotional ideas, we sat down one day to brainstorm on some cool concepts.  They were specifically looking for a custom ceramic coffee mug that incorporated their famous gecko. I sketched some designs of how I envisioned the gecko to be climbing the edge of the coffee...

Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50's
July 13, 2010

The initial idea of our unique utility strength stand up stapler came when I visited a neighborhood yard sale. I found a "hand vice stapler", commonly used in industrial settings, dry cleaners etc. The interesting thing about them to me was the hinge location. A normal stapler has a hinge at the furthest end from the staple mechanism, while the hand vice staplers hinge is more centered. We based our concept around this in an effort to make our...