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Manufacturing Design for Locally Sold Products

What can the people in this community make that he can sell?

What can the people in this community make that he can sell?

Who makes the products sold in your local shop?  If you made something that people liked, would they buy it?  Teaming up with a local vendor is a great way to test your idea.  If you think you have a saleable product, talk with the people running the local shop.  Make a version of the product, figure out how much it would take to manufacture, then see if people are interested in buying it.  If you find that they sell, find out what the buyers like and don’t like about your product.  Change the design to address their needs.  Make some more, adjust the price if you need to, and get more feedback from the buyers and the vendor.

At some point, you should find some product that really works well.  Then you might have a different project:  How to make lots of them so that they will stay in stock in the shop.

Check out this article in the August 17 Boston Globe: Link

Product Engineering Process class at MIT Link


August 20, 2008 Posted by | innovation | , , , | Leave a comment

Innovation from the South Shore

photo of Back Bay filled in during the 1880\'s using Otis Steam Shovels, invented in Canton Ma

photo of Back Bay filled in during the 1880’s using Otis Steam Shovels, invented in Canton Ma

In the July 3 Globe South section of the Boston Globe is an article about some of the important innovations that have happened just South of Boston.

Some highlights:

1927, Dr. William Hinton, son of former slaves, developed a test for syphilus, one of the most challenging diseases of his time. Dr. Hinton became the first black professor at Harvard Medical School and was a pioneer in preventative medicine.

1836, William Otis of Canton invented the steam shovel, Otis steam shovels were used to fill in the Back Bay. Before his invention, construction workers did not have easy access to the powerful leverage of pneumatic and hydraulic energy systems in their tools.

1890’s, King Gillette The founder of the Gillette corporation came up with the idea for the disposable razor while vacationing in Hull.

1906, Reginald Fessenden developed the first system to transmit voice and music over radio waves. His broadcast of Christmas Eve that year was heard by ships’ radio operators all across the Atlantic. Before that time, they had only communicated via morse code, a language of short and long beeps.

1937, Ruth Wakefield, through experimentation and making do with different materials invented the chocolate chip cookie at the Tollhouse Inn in Whitman.

More Information:

Here is a link to the article: Link

The Boston History and Innovation Collaborative: Link

School for Champions Biography of King Gillette: Link

Boston Breakthroughs: Link

Steam Shovel information: Link

A bio of Dr. Hinton: Link

William Otis on Wikipedia – The polish version has more information (go figure): Link

Back Bay history – Link

July 18, 2008 Posted by | innovation, invention, local history | , , , , , , | Leave a comment