Metroto-WHAT?

Author: Sam Passenger

Recently, I was presented with a set of problems. A customer was struggling to measure a complex three-dimensional surface on a small plastic part. The feature in question is critical to the function of the component. Often, conventional laser scanning is the solution to analyze such features; however, the particular material used for this component is too translucent to be… Read More

Business Leadership Award

Disher was honored this past week to receive the Business Leadership Award from the West Coast Chamber of Commerce.  Jeff Disher received the award on Friday, September 18th at the chamber’s annual meeting. Below are his remarks: “What an honor it is to be recognized for what this award stands for. On behalf of our team and our company I… Read More

From Engineering Geek to Passionate Leader

Author: Bob Soeters

“Conventional Wisdom says that leaders are born, but I don’t believe that’s true. We can all learn – then teach others – how to understand and apply the principles of successful leadership.”  – Tony Dungy, The Mentor Leader   I have been passionate about developing leaders for over 25 years, however I never set out with this in mind.  As… Read More

Michigan SmartCoast: Story of Invention

How do you go from an idea to a design solution? Join the Michigan SmartCoast engineers for a fun, interactive engineering event on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. See first-hand how the innovation process works at Charter House Innovations, a design, engineering and manufacturing company that has mastered the art of going from an idea to a… Read More

Hand-Moldable Plastic

Hand-Moldable Plastic

What is it? Hand-moldable plastic allows a designer to create real plastic objects with bare hands.  Simply heat up the plastic with hot air or water, allow it to cool slightly to the touch, and mold away!  Think of it as play-doh for big kids.  After setting, the materials can be machined with conventional machining methods. What can it be… Read More

The Value of Your Problem Statement

Author: Brian Lauer

  Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a project status review with your management, and your heart sinks when you realize there was a misinterpretation of the original core issue?  How about the frustration of your project getting pushed out only for other less beneficial projects to get the resources? Recall any similar wasteful issues while you… Read More

Finding your balance: Thoughts on being a working mom

Author: Kristin Zietlow

My work backpack has a mix of 3D printed parts, baby toys, post-it notes and sketches. It does a good job of summing up my life, which is a gratifying mix of engineering and motherhood. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been faced with a mountain of decisions, all centered on keeping life balanced. My dad was a surfer. When I… Read More

Disher Brings Work to Life

Over the last two years author Tracy Brower – of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work –  has been doing research about healthy work cultures that bring work to life by bringing life to work. She recently heard that Disher has been doing that for the past 15 years.  She was excited to be able to highlight… Read More

The Tough Road to Innovation Success

Author: Jeff Disher

As the owner of our product development firm, I often get calls that go something like this, “I’m calling from Company XYZ and we have this idea for a new product and we’re not sure how to get it developed. Can you help me?”  As the conversation goes on, I sense that this company thinks their idea is a big winner… Read More

White Board Wednesday® Marathon

  Disher recently facilitated four free innovation sessions for four different start-up companies in the Ann Arbor area. These sessions  – called White Board Wednesdays® – are part of a proven Disher process which generates a high quantity of quality ideas around a given problem statement. A year and a half ago, Disher established an office presence in Ann Arbor and started… Read More