Category Archives: Product Design & Development

MAGNET Announces Winners of the 2013 MPact Awards

By Dave Crain, Director Entrepreneurial Services, MAGNET We are happy to announce that The Incubator at MAGNET’s second annual MPAcT funding competition was completed recently, with four grant funding awards made. Offered for the first time in 2012, the MAGNET … Continue reading

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2013 NASA Manufacturing Innovation Project Offers Engineering Expertise to Cuyahoga County Manufacturers

On June 25, more than 50 manufacturers attended a briefing at MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center near downtown Cleveland to learn about the 2013 Manufacturing Innovation Project (MIP). Following on from the successful 2012 MIP, this year’s program once again offers … Continue reading

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New Research Supports the Positive Effect of Co-locating Production and Innovation

The preliminary results of a new research report on innovation in manufacturing caught our eye here at MAGNET recently. In 2010, MIT’s President, Susan Hockfield, launched the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PiE) research group  to answer the question: … Continue reading

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Engineering and Manufacturing Career Day

On February 2,  MAGNET partnered up with the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center to have a fun and informative day learning about the different careers in the manufacturing and engineering fields on . This interactive event (held at the CVCC) provided … Continue reading

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CES’s Annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference Highlights

Cleveland Engineering Society’s annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference was held Nov. 8 at LaCentre in Westlake. The theme was “Engineering Solutions to Energy & Environmental Challenges.” Headlining the conference was Roger Saillant, Ph.D., a fuel cell pioneer and former Ford executive who … Continue reading

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Meet MAGNET’s New Incubator Tenant, Biolectrics!

Biolectrics LLC is a start-up company that is developing a battery powered device aimed at treating severe gingivitis and other forms of gum disease with less pain and at a lower cost than current therapies. This new dental device is … Continue reading

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Looking Towards 2013

Before we know it 2013 will be upon us. Tell us what challenge your company faces in the coming year.

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Alternatives to Screw Connections That Won’t Kill Your Tooling Budget

Mike Keller Senior Product Development Engineer Screws are ugly…cap covers to hide screws are uglier.  There are many options for eliminating the need for screw connections in an injection molded part assembly.  Unfortunately, most will send your tooling budget through … Continue reading

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Out of Your Mind and in to Your Hands With Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping technology machines print physical models from virtual designs.   These machines layer materials in to super tiny layers-anywhere from about .0006 – .01 inches thick! The benefit to this type of fabrication is that it’s inexpensive for producing small quantities … Continue reading

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Determined Innovators Face Risk to Reap Rewards

Everyone wants an advantage. Relative to their competitors, all businesses want to be seen by customers as the go-to provider. My favorite race car driver and boyhood hero the late Mark Donohue was labeled as always having an “Unfair Advantage” … Continue reading

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