Filming with Make-48, a 48 Hour Invent-a-Thon

by | Apr 30, 2018 | Community Initiatives, Company News, Events

MAKO recently filmed for season two of a show called Make-48, a hit-show that airs on PBS across the United States. Teams of inventors apply for Make-48 for a chance to compete in an invent-a-thon weekend to develop a new commercial product idea. MAKO was part of the series premiere last year and this year they filmed at MAKO’s Austin office and will be helping the teams in making prototypes.


About the show

Teams apply and compete to develop a new commercial product idea with only 48 hours on the clock over a weekend. Teams have 48 hours to plan, make a prototype and pitch their new idea that must fall within the specifications of the challenge which are revealed at the start of the 48-hour invent-a-thon.

Teams work on making prototypes, utilizing a variety of tools, materials, workspaces and expert guidance they receive in a resource-rich fabrication workshop. Once complete, the teams pitch their idea to the panel of judges, with the potential to win a licensing deal, and they’ll get to see their products go to market.


Making prototypes for Make48 invention competition.

Make48 invention competition.

MAKO’s expert guidance in making prototypes

As part of the show, MAKO experts provide their expert guidance to the competitors and will be making prototypes for the winners. Throughout the filming of the show, prototyping building strategies will be discussed and the final prototype will be revealed to the finalists.

The teams were able to sit down with the MAKO team and go through the design process step-by-step to understand the process we took to address various issues with the winners original product. Essentially we made the appropriate alterations to the product so it can be manufactured in mass quantities and be ready to hit the store shelves. 

You can read more about our role in making the prototypes here.

Where to watch

Watch out for the national premiere of Make-48 on Amazon Prime and PBS in October 2018.

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.



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