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Expanded Engineering Capabilities at SIGMADESIGN

By Matt Cameron   Growth is often associated with progress and success in business. As SIGMADESIGN continues to grow, the engineering services we offer continues to expand to directly benefit our clients. When I started at SIGMADESIGN, there were only 3 Engineers on staff; all of whom were mechanical. Now we have 100+ Engineers employed, including software, firmware, electrical and …

PRESIDENT’S CORNER – STILL HAVING FUN 20 YEARS LATER

by Bill Huseby I can’t believe SIGMADESIGN is turning 20. You know what they say. Time flies when you’re having fun.  I have always tried to instill the importance of having fun at work. To “take time to laugh” is even one of our core values. It turns out to be one of the more difficult ones to assess, measure or …

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THE FUTURE OF PAIN MANAGEMENT

by Mark Schoening | Director of Industrial Design Ever wish you could erase pain by pushing a button? SIGMADESIGN is working on a concept to do just that. Electro-stimulation is commonly used by chiropractors, physical therapists and sports-medicine doctors for treating chronic and acute pain. These treatments, though effective, can be inconvenient: a desktop or handheld ‘stimulator’ device must be …

PRESIDENT’S CORNER | INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IS NOT JUST PRETTY PICTURES

By Bill Huseby Having been in the Product Design and Engineering business for over 30 years there is one thing that has become apparent to me:  Industrial Designers are under-appreciated for the contribution they make to good Product Design.  This perspective, mind you, is coming from a Mechanical Engineer. Let me start by giving you the definition of an Industrial …

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SIGMADESIGN Industrial Design – IDEA 2013 Finalists

IN 2013, our Industrial Design team worked on a project to be submitted in several design competitions.  The design was a finalist in the 2013 IDEA contest. The project: 2nd Generation.  The challenge: Re-imagining what a generator can be. The “2nd Generation” project was an opportunity to address common complaints of portable power generation (e.g. cost, noise, size, fire danger, maintenance, …

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The Three Best Product Designs. Ever.

Director of Industrial Design, Mark Schoening, describes what he believes to be the three best product designs ever.   Observed Trials is a little known motorcycle sport wherein riders try to negotiate obstacles – or ‘traps’ – without ‘dabbing’ a foot.  In the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Spanish bikes were the best, and the Bultaco Sherpa T Model …

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Testing | a crucial stage in the design process

Much of SIGMADESIGN’s test lab work involves ensuring products pass a specific standard. Does it pass the appropriate parts of IEC 60068? One of the many MIL standard methods? FCC Part 15? This type of routine testing is interesting to do, but it is completed according to strict processes and the answer is typically “yes” or “no.” My favorite question …

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SIGMADESIGN Founder Takes Flight

SIGMADESIGN founder and Senior Mechanical Engineer John Barker has restored a few airplanes in the past including a 1976 Cessna 172, a 1965 Citabria, and a 1965 Cessna 182.  But he always dreamed of building his own airplane from the ground up.  Finally in 2003, he began taking steps towards accomplishing that dream.  Obtaining a kit to build a Van’s …

An Experience in Cooperation

by John Schlottmann | Director of Business Development SIGMADESIGN Supply Chain Management, Fabrication and Manufacturing expertise facilitates completion of Ziba project. Ziba was in the final stages of completing development of the AccuFit ℠ Digital Measurement System.  The AccuFit ℠ System, developed for LensCrafters, was the first digital measurement system in the US and Canada.  The primary technology behind the system …

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A Heater that Divides and Conquers

We agree with our partners and clients at CADET:  electric ‘zonal’ heating is the most efficient way to heat a house.  A zonal heater allows heating of one or two rooms, instead of the whole house; it allows heating of a room – say a bathroom – quickly, just long enough to get ready for work.   And using electrical energy …