One Off Effects’ is headquartered in sunny Ventura County California, just minutes from the beach and within an hour from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Malibu. They were founded off one main principle and that is to create great things. Everybody on their team flourishes under uplifting creative pressure. Today we interview Matt Jones (Vice President), Ben McKee (CEO) and Jackson Kwiatkowski (Senior Design Engineer) who are a few keys cogs behind the machine that is One Off Effects.
By working with One Off effects, their expertly skilled team is dedicated to designing and delivering on your dreams. These categories range from research, marketing and branding, industrial design, graphic design, engineering, prototyping to manufacturing. Having a person specialized in every design field allows the studio to understand your project from every different perspective. They specialize in prototyping extremely detailed models and creating new ideas for others.
One Off Effects has produced design projects for companies such as Miller Lite and Lockheed Martin, but they also work with individuals. They just love building stuff.
Mentioned In This Episode:
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You Will Learn:
- The story behind how One Off Effects was founded on both a design and business level.
- How acquiring a 3D printer and a CNC machine were the first steps towards opening One Off Effects.
- The multifaceted projects of product development One Off Effects specializes in from small trinkets to large scale prototyping for industrial firms.
- The team discusses affordable methods of prototyping which anyone could achieve for their own ideas.
- Designing for manufacturing vs designing for prototyping.
- How managing expectations of the customer can become a challenge especially in an industry with so much hype surrounding it.
- Why FDM prints are not perfect for creating products and how using SLA can remedy this in most cases.
- Those interested in starting a prototyping business should heed the importance of learning the processes and constraints, especially when it comes to the machines and materials.
- Making sure that the design suits a particular process right the first time is vital for prototyping because it reduces errors and thus saves time, money and failed prints.
- Drawing inspiration from design blogs, automotive designs, architecture, color schemes and themes in nature.
- Why 3D printing is so great for reducing costs and prototyping. Also, a few thoughts on the future of makers as a whole.
- The One Off Effects team shares their biggest challenges and lessons learned as an industrial design and prototyping studio.
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