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Industrial Design for Non-Designers: How to Use Wacom Technologies        

How to Use Wacom Technologies

October 27, 2020

A 4-part webinar series presented by Beyond Design with B&H Photo and Wacom Technologies

Sign up for the first session (November 4 @ 3PM ET) here.

For non-designers, the process of generating ideas for products, developing and refining those ideas, and then creating them in the real world can seem like magic at first glance. But the truth is that our designers at Beyond Design follow a set of repeatable steps built to inspire creativity and harness that creativity into concrete ideas and designs.

By learning about those first steps in the design process, even non-designers can become more effective at coming up with potentially game-changing products and designs. We have partnered with Wacom Technologies to teach you how to design a product from ideation to 3D printed models in a 4-part webinar.

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design is the official name for the practice of designing products, devices, platforms, and services that millions of people use around the world every single day. Industrial designers harness everything from a product’s appearance and functionality to how feasibly it can be manufactured— all leading up to the overall value and quality of experience that a product can provide for its end-users (the people the product is designed to serve).

In basic terms, industrial design describes the process that begins with ideation, or brainstorming potential solutions and products, then moves through sketching, prototyping, and development until there’s a finished product in hand. The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) is the professional arm behind this professional development and is a great resource. You can contact IDSA at www.idsa.org.

You’ll want to attend our webinar series to learn the step by step process. 

Session 01: Concept Ideation

Learn how to build a fully developed persona and begin generating product concepts.

  • Defining Industrial Design 
  • Personas & Target Markets
  • Introduction to Wacom 
  • Sketching with Sketchbook Pro 
  • Concept Ideation

Session 02: Design Refinement

Learn how to refine your product design with Photoshop and Sketch and Render.

  • Concept Refinement 
  • Product Illustrations 
  • Using Photoshop to Sketch + Render 

Session 03: 3D Modeling

Go from illustration to 3D modeling and begin determining color, materials, and finish.

  • Introduction to CAD modeling + Solidworks 
  • Design for Manufacturing Constraints 
  • Color, Materials, and Finishes (CMF)

Session 04: Photorealistic Renderings & 3D Printing

Move your idea to reality. Learn how to build renderings and 3D print for a rapid prototype.

  • Introduction to Keyshot Rendering 
  • Touching-Up Renders in Photoshop 
  • 3D Printing 

Technology & Tools

Professional tools used in our development process include sketching on Wacom tablets with Sketchbook Pro and engineering 3D design software with SolidWorks. These are a few of the essential tools for even the most novice product designer. 

If you want to access the best in industrial design with a low barrier of entry, start with Wacom devices. Everything about Wacom’s technology and user interface is designed to improve the speed and quality of idea generation and creative refinement. Their pen displays and tablets work like interactive drafting tables, perfect for sketching concepts, sculpting, designing, and manipulating 3D models along the way. If you can imagine it, you can develop it inside of a Wacom device. 

If you’re just getting started in product design, Sketchbook Pro is an excellent place to begin. It’s perfect for the early brainstorming phase because it’s light, fast, and lets you get as many ideas out as possible. Sketchbook is a software platform built for both PC and mobile devices that allows for everything from quick sketches of ideas to fully finished artwork and designs. It’s built to be quickly accessible for whenever inspiration strikes, making sketching fast, intuitive, and easy to master.

There are many 3D CAD software available and because Beyond Design is also an engineering company, we like to use SolidWorks to create the surfacing along with solid modeling intended for manufacturing.

3D Files created in SolidWorks are used by 3D printers to create parts with high tolerances and out of a range of materials. This form of “build-refine-build” offers an informative way to check parts with assemblies before releasing them to manufacturing.

Want to learn more about the design process and how industrial designers gather inspiration, generate ideas, and capture those ideas? Check out the Think Like a Designer Webinar with Beyond Design


This is a 4-part series that starts on November 4th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST. Registration is FREE so sign up now!

Sign up for the first session (November 4 @ 3PM ET) here.

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