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Local Company’s Products Featured on TODAY Show’s Tailgating Gadgets Segment with Kathie Lee & Hoda

BeraTek’s Hold & Go Slow Cooker and Magnetic Crock Skins featured on segment “10 gadgets to kick your tailgating party into the end zone” with Kathie Lee & Hoda. CEDAR RAPIDS, IA– Kathie Lee and Hoda featured “Tailgating Tech,” including the ultra-portable single handle Hold & Go Slow Cooker and Magnetic Crock Skins, made by...
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3D Printing and How It’s Shaping the Future of Product Design

As an industrial designer, 3D printers play an integral part in how I design products. Since my college education involved working with 3D printers, it’s no surprise that I quickly became the primary 3D printer operator at BeraTek Industries. 3D printing, or “additive manufacturing,” can be simply defined as, “a process in which successive layers...
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MUD base tooling reduces up-front tooling investment

In order to effectively explain MUD (Master Unit Die) base tooling, I must first explain tooling options on either end of the cost spectrum so you can better understand MUD base tooling’s place in the middle. Prototype Hand Tooling Prototype hand tooling is by far the most cost-effective means of injection molding a part. This option often comes...
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5 Characteristics of Bad Product Design

Product design, like anything, can be done well and it can be done poorly. If done well, a product has the potential to be used daily and loved by many consumers. Ideally, every product in the world would be a “perfect” design; however, nothing is perfect, and no product is without flaw. Below are 5 characteristics...
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5 Things to Know About Industrial Design

Until recently, the field of industrial design has been at work, unbeknownst to the general population. When I say I am an industrial designer, most people will admit they don’t know what that is, or will ask if I design things like factories or machines. My short response being that I design the products which...
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Vertical (VerTEKal) Integration is New Standard for Manufacturing

BeraTek Industries is paving the road to a new standard in manufacturing. As a product design and manufacturing company, BeraTek’s strategy is to offer all services under one roof and to increase speed to market for new products. It is our goal to help companies reduce the risk of manufacturing and launching new products by...
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Prototyping: 3 Simple Questions You Should Always Ask

Why Prototype? It’s no secret, the most important piece of the product development cycle is a buttoned-up CAD model designed for manufacturing. However, prototyping plays a vital role in arriving at the manufacturable design. Product design is truly an R&D process. You design something you think will work, test it, iterate and repeat. With the...
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You’ve got a sketch, what are the next steps?

As the Director of Biz Dev at BeraTek, I get this question quite a bit. A potential client has a sweet sketch of a great idea and needs to start understanding the process of taking that sketch through design and on to prototyping. Let’s discuss the general path we take you down at BeraTek and...
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Top 5 Considerations When Designing a Part for Injection Molding

Injection Molding is an excellent option for mass producing a product. To reduce potential risks of failure and incurring additional costs it is important to ensure your product is designed to run as cost-effectively as possible. Lack of designing for manufacturing can cause any number of issues, such as delays in expensive mold modifications, manufacturing delays, poor part quality and...
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