'Use the right tool for the job'

In the second panel at DFM Summit #3 Kevin LeBlanc (Spaceclaim), Matt Griffin (Adafruit), Aaron Trocola (40WestID) and Sara Sigel (GrabCAD) discussed the advantages and limits of 3D modeling and printing.

Carlos Cruz 'more of a practical designer'

Digital fabrication specialist Carlos Cruz has worked for companies from medical device maker BD to Stratasys. He now mentors students at SVA's new Visible Futures Lab. 'Being a good designer means being well-rounded, balancing creativity and execution,' Cruz says.

CAD versus sketching?

Gordon Perry, Andrew Thurlow, Kostika Spaho and Klaus Rosburg discussed the pros and cons of 3D modeling at Thursday's Design for Manufacturing Summit. 'A lot of students are really skilled on the computer, but don't understand shapes, forms and the manufacturing process,' Rosburg admitted.

Zahn Center opens to help hardware startups

New York City College is launching a new hardware startup incubator. 'There are a lot of resources available for digital media startups, but there is very little for startups that actually build products,' says Haytham Elhawary, the Zahn Center's new director.

'Value of design not fully recognized in corporate world'

Technological change calls for a refocus in industrial design thinking. 'What you do in the initial product development process, 80 percent of the cost is being decided upon in that first 20 percent,' says Stephan Clambaneva, global PLM consultant for Dassault Systèmes and IDSA's Northeast VP.

'You can get anything made in New York City'

Bringing design and manufacturing together 'really speeds up the cycle of innovation' says Pratt Center Director Adam Friedman.

Quirky 'poised to take big risks'

Quirky applies online collaboration to product development. Head of Engineering John Jacobsen talks about the importance of short lines between designers, engineers and manufacturers for Quirky's model.

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