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Abhi Shah, Raiza Newberry-Quiroz, Moxie the robot and a serving cat robot in front of a CES board.

CES 2023

We recently had the opportunity to witness some of the most spectacular displays, experiences, and hottest products at CES 2023. Although we didn’t see anywhere close to everything, we found that our favorite exhibits used automation to solve human problems. Below are our top exciting things that you might have missed. ROBOTICS: RapidPlan by Realtime Robotics With automation and robotics becoming more present in working human environments, prioritizing safety and easy programming is a must. RapidPlan–motion planning software–utilizes click-and-point technology to program robotic arms while minimizing programming time and avoiding collisions. Traditionally, programming happens one robot at a time. With RapidPlan

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An illustration of four boxes labeled product on them are on a conveyor belt. Inside the conveyor belt as the gears are a symbol of time, a brain, a paper that says req (short for requirements), a diamond, and a money symbol.

The Continuous Refinement of Product Requirements

So, you have a great idea. The next thing you want to know is how long will it take and how much will it cost to bring it to life? Most clients who come through our doors at Pump Studios have these questions. The answers require factoring in many variables, but the first step is clearly understanding your requirements. From there, we will determine the complexity and identify what you need to develop your product. The graphic below shows some of the factors used in determining the time and cost for each product. Understand that these factors are unique for

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A red boarded birthday cake that reads "Happy Birthday Pump" There is a 1 and 5 candle lit up on the cake and a gray 3D printed gasoline pump in front of the cake.

Proudly Celebrating 15 Years!

Like many of our projects, Pump Studios started as an idea—to create a company that was innovative, flexible, and ever-changing for the needs of our clients. A design firm specializing in mechanical engineering with the stability and insight to adapt to our changing environment and the evolving technology of a demanding market. We are proud that over the last 15 years we have stayed true to our vision and enabled our clients to realize their goals through our commitment to a collaborative process that harnesses the latest technology and engineering advancements. The Beginning Pump Studios was founded in 2007 by Brad Collins, Peter

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Zn original Prusa printer on a marble counter top. The printer is working on two white pieces.

Redesigning Today’s Work Space

Here at Pump Studios, we take products from ideation, to prototype, to production every day. We constantly design, prototype, test, re-design, re-prototype, re-test and repeat to make sure we find the best solution for our clients. Sometimes we are creating a new solution to a problem, other times we are redesigning an existing product to better meet the needs of the current market, in any case, our iterative process is key. One year ago, we had the opportunity to redesign the product closest to us – our work space. Our Work Space, Version 1 – The “Before” We were (and

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A rendering of three of the Farmstands. One is cut in half to show the water and internal tubes.

Building for Today, Designing for Our Future

Sustainability. It is a concept and increasingly an innovation imperative, officially shedding some of its last “not a top priority” status. Sustainability is no longer seen as just “a nice to have” in an industry setting and is now being championed as a prominent and shared value among companies, brands, and consumers alike. For Pump Studios and for many of our clients, like Lettuce Grow (who focus on the future of food and at-home farming), sustainability has been a challenging, yet integral, part of our work and services. In a new world of health, safety, and social distancing, we hope to help

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The first finished 3D printed house from ICON's first generation 3D printer.

The Big Idea

Usually when a startup walks through the door, the project they are pitching is a grand vision – not a refresh of an existing product or a refinement on feature in a larger assembly, but rather a bold vision that will form the basis of a company that will (hopefully) be a successful endeavor for years to come. The biggest idea (literally and figuratively) to come through the door at Pump Studios was the ICON Concrete 3D Printer, the first concrete printer to print a permitted home in the United States. As with most startups, the ICON project had some

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