Counteracting Aluminum & Steel Tariffs

Starting in June 2018, the United States enacted taxes on imported aluminum and steel.  Aluminum is experiencing a 10% tariff while steel is experiencing a substantial 25% tariff.  Originally, these tariffs included Canada and Mexico who happen to be two of the largest suppliers of Aluminum & Steel to the US.  The initial reaction to […]

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Community Involvement—FIRST Robotics

Preparation is the key to success.  QTI Design & Quality Tool prepares local high school students for success by sponsoring a local FIRST Robotics team.  This competition encourages students to develop skills in engineering.  According to FIRST Robotics, after joining, 88% of participants are more interested in doing well in school and 92% more interested […]

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Concept Through Production—A Full Service Approach

The year is 1995 Quality Tool’s engineers are experts of sheet metal design and the customers want to lower their manufacturing expenses.  After realizing the demand, our executives decided to begin offering a design service.  Developing products that are efficiently manufactured was, and still is, the main purpose of QTI Design & Prototype. We have […]

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Industrial Design vs. Mechanical Design

Case Study Creating a design that is not extremely complex is important when a company is in the developmental stages of a products life.  An industrial designer is able to create a model that is visually appealing and ergonomic…but more times than not, the concept may be incredibly difficult to manufacture.  As a result, a […]

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Manufacturability Case Study

Product development is arguably the most important stage of a products lifecycle and requires proper investing for long-term profitability.  The costs associated with altering a product later in the lifecycle increase exponentially as time goes on.  In some cases, companies request a complete redesign of a product in order to cut costs in the early […]

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QTI Design & Prototype Referral Program Guidelines

We value what people are saying about our services—that’s why we want to reward individuals for referring qualified clients to use our design services.  QTI offers a $100 Amazon gift card for every new customer from a qualified referral. Definition of a qualified referral: Anyone who has an active project that could utilize our engineering […]

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Contract Engineer

Product design and production involve multiple steps, and it is important that each step is carried out as best as possible in order to create a successful final product.   Traditionally, in product design and development, teams were hired to carry out the entire process from start to finish; implementing the research, the testing, and the […]

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3 Indicators of a Quality Prototype Design

As a potential product moves closer and closer to final production, there is a need to experience the product hands-on and identify potential issues. Through prototyping, designers and manufacturers are able to produce test models of products in order to ensure that they are releasing the best final product possible. A reliable prototype is an […]

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3D Printing & Prototyping

Prototyping has been an important part of the design and product creation process for a very long time.  Functional prototyping allows for issues to be identified and multiple, individual aspects of the product to be tested to ensure that they are functioning properly.  In addition, visual prototyping allows for multiple versions of a product to […]

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The Role of Communication in Design

At any stage in product development, multiple individuals or teams may be involved.  In addition to teams and individuals who are directly related to the project, it is likely that there are also outside individuals involved, such as contract engineers.  Any time when there is more than one individual involved in a process, communication is […]

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