Jack Moranetz

An image of Jack Moranetz smiling standing in front of a light blue wall.

Jack grew up in Golden Colorado, where he learned to appreciate the great outdoors. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, and competed on the Division 1 swim team. After graduation, Jack designed swimming pool products and discovered his passion for product development. Jack likes to call himself a “maker.” […]

Design Challenge pt 6

Junior interns Iris and Sivi standing with their 3D printed toolboxes in front of a wood paneled wall.

This year marked our second year hosting two junior interns from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Throughout their week with us, Iris and Sivi were tasked with designing and 3D printing a toolbox that holds items that they use in their daily lives. Below are Iris’s and Sivi’s experiences as they tackle […]

Don Chu

Don Chu standing in front of a rust colored stair case.

Don is a dynamic mechanical engineer renowned for his creative talent and hands-on approach to design. From tech start-ups to giants in automotive such as Honda & Toyota, Don has helped play pivotal roles in developing cutting-edge products and enhancing user experiences. Don has worked on a wide range of projects including ruggedized electric motorcycles, […]

Design Challenge pt 5

An Altoids tin with 3D printed insert angled on top.

In our final installment of the design challenge series, Peter thinks outside the box while exploring the parameters of an Altoids tin and Parth fills his toolbox to the brim to include his Raspberry Pi and accessories.  Below are Peter‘s and Parth‘s experiences and thoughts on their design challenge.  Peter’s Box Who is your client […]

Design Challenge pt 4

Kevin's Box and prototype sitting propped up on a table.

In our fourth installment of the design challenge series, Kevin shows us what 20 years of product development experience looks like. And Raiza is put to the test to learn CAD. Below are Kevin‘s and Raiza‘s experiences and the outcome of their design challenge. Kevin’s Box Who is your client or intended user? I designed […]

Design Challenge pt 3

Robert's box stacked on a prototype version of the box.

In preparation for our two junior interns this summer, we tested their design challenge on ourselves. In our third installment of the series, we explore Robert and Abhi’s designs.  Robert’s Box Who is your client or intended user? Before creating my box, I owned this little Harbor Freight X-acto knife set with multiple handle storage. […]

Cynthia Cano

Cynthia Cano standing in front of a mural (a bunch of colorful bananas stacked in a pile). She is smiling at the camera.

Cynthia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley region of TX before attending Carnegie Mellon to obtain her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She discovered her passion for product development because it requires merging the world of mechanical design with the creative world of industrial design. She started her professional career as a plant […]

Design Challenge pt 2

Libertad's Box cut in half with the 2D CAD version.

In preparation for our two junior interns this summer, we tested their design challenge on ourselves. It was a rush, getting through all the steps of the design process; brainstorming, sketching, CAD, prototype iteration all in just one week to match Amrutha’s and Valeria’s short time with us. We originally gave the Pump Studios team […]

Pump Studios’ Design Challenge

Amrutha and Valeria holding their 3D printed tool boxes.

In May, Pump Studios took part in the Ann Richard’s, School For Young Women Leaders, junior internship week.  We had the opportunity to host two high school juniors and provide them with real-world work experiences in an educational context. Throughout their week with us, the two girls were tasked with creating a “toolbox” that held at […]

Meshify Defender Sensor

The Meshify Defender Sensor puck sitting on a white surface.

Meshify (a subsidiary of global insurance company HSB), builds IoT technologies that predict and prevent property and equipment risks. Key to this endeavor is a suite of sensors that can monitor various environmental parameters (temperature, humidity, standing water, etc.) and relay this information to the cloud to allow for proactive actions to protect property in […]