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EngEn Seminar – Product Development: Prototyping Fidelity & Strategy with Key Technologies

June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Title: Product Development: Prototyping Fidelity and Strategy

Presenters: Will DeMore, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Key Technologies & Chet Larrow, Senior Industrial Designer for Key Technologies

When: Wednesday, June 21 | 1-2pm ET

Where: Virtual/Zoom

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Seminar Description:

Presenters Chet Larrow and Will DeMore will examine the following questions which are critical to early prototyping of design concepts:

  1. When is the right time to use prototyping?
  2. What do you want to get out of it, and what don’t you care about (where can you save cost and/or lead time)?

Some specific areas of interest include:

  • Reasons why you might want to build a prototype
  • Discussion of appropriate level of fidelity for different prototyping needs (e.g. de-risking prototype of a subsystem, early user study, mature user study, demo for investor or grant organization, etc.)
  • Importance of discrete subsystem prototypes rather than skipping to fully integrated systems
  • Examples of cases in which prototyping was more costly than it was worth for what was achieved with the prototypes

Speaker Bios:

Will DeMore, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Will joined Key Tech in 2014 as a mechanical engineer. He is experienced in medical device development, complex medical disposable design, measurement systems, risk management, transfer to manufacturing, DFx, and project management. Will has served as project manager on several projects, and mechanical engineer on many others.

Chet Larrow, Senior Industrial Designer

Chet has been with Key Tech since 2012. As an industrial designer his focus is on forming experiences that are both enjoyable and functional, Chet has contributed to designs ranging from handheld pharmaceutical delivery to benchtop molecular diagnostic instruments. He has strong focus on the user, whether defining device architecture or establishing a clear workflow within a device GUI.


June 21
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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