May 2, 2016

Beyond 3D Printing: 5 Benefits of On Site Rapid Prototyping

3D printing is much in the news right now, and yes, it’s an astonishing technology that we at REV.1 Engineering use frequently. We’re very proud to have state-of-the-art FDM and Polyjet 3D printing capabilities under roof. However, we also understand that rapid prototyping extends well beyond 3D printing. The key word in the phrase rapid prototyping is rapid! That’s why it’s important to have a wide variety of capabilities on site. It’s also important to […]
April 20, 2016

From Feasibility to Design Freeze: 5 Key Risks in Medical Device Development

Moving a medical device from “napkin sketch” to commercialization is a complex business requiring a wide variety of skills. Most risk should be mitigated in the feasibility phase, where all aspects and options for design are researched and explored. The key overarching risk in medical device product development is moving from feasibility to design freeze and development too quickly. This inevitably costs more time and money in the backend when problems are encountered requiring “do-overs” […]
April 1, 2016

When 2 Heads Equal 10: FTEs in Medical Device Development

Efficient staffing for medical device research and development can be a logistical nightmare, especially if you are trying to build an in-house R&D team. Many start-ups only have funding for two to three staff positions. The breadth of skills needed for the entire medical device development process is not possible to cover with just two or three people. Think about which specialties your project plan requires: • VP of R&D • Program manager • Design […]
March 16, 2016

Top 5 Challenges in Building a Start-up Engineering Team

As CEO of a start-up medical device company in search of engineering and development talent, it’s important to keep in mind some of the time and money challenges you may face when hiring and building your team: Convincing your first-pick hire to leave a job he or she already has. Finding the “right” staff, not simply the “available” staff. Resourcing the dozen or more roles you’ll need filled with salary for just a few full […]
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