If you’ve followed Mako Design for a while, you’ll notice how involved we are in the design community and taking the initiative to be a part of any opportunity for design and innovation. As an Austin product design firm, Mako Design + Invent’s favorite programs that we are proud to be apart of and sponsor the popular invention show, Make48! For the past three years, we have been delighted and excited to see the growth of the popularity of this amazing invention show and see how much it has helped inspire and change the lives of many young inventors across North America. This year, we are proud to announce that Make 48 will return for a fourth season and will once more feature Mako Design + Invent!
Missed last season? You can watch Make48 online here!
Make48 is an invention show competition that encourages young inventors to take part in a real-life challenge of taking a product from a simple napkin design to store shelves. The show’s structure is filmed in a documentary style. The shows premise introduces multiple teams comprised of young inventors from across the nation and are given product challenges. The teams must then build their inventions from a simple napkin design to a product that can be sold of store shelves. After designing the product, the teams will present the product in front of the panel of judges with a website or video – all within 48 hours. The top teams who win and impress the panel of judges win the opportunity to keep their intellectual property, acquire a license agreement and have their product go to market. We are proud as an Austin design firm to be able to a part of this amazing TV program and support their efforts in encouraging innovation and design for youth across North America.
Check out Mako Design + Invent on season 3 of Make48!
Austin Product Design Firm, Make Design, on Make48 season 4!
Mako Design + Invent is a widely North American company with offices across Canada and the United States, which includes having a location as an Austin product design firm. Over the last few seasons of Make48, our Director of Design based in our Austin office, Tim Uys, features as a recurring member of the show to help guide and mentor the young and aspiring contestants on the show. As each season can differ in terms of what and who the teams are and their invention challenges, Tim prepares a good list of advice and expertise that he can offer to the contestants every season. In general, Tim has over 15 years of experience within the industrial and product design field, meaning that no matter the situation, he will always have an insightful piece of advice and tips to help the team members along their journey throughout the show.
For this season, Tim will be assisting (either directly or by directed them as needed) the contestants in developing their 3D CAD models needed for their product inventions. Tim will offer and suggest the best practices in helping them to create their designs and get them to the point where their products can be 3D printed for prototyping or machining. Additionally, our CEO, Kevin Mako, will visit our Austin product design firm and the Make48 studio to present and give a special keynote on how to bring your ‘idea to store shelves’, while navigating the product development process. During the special keynote, Kevin will also include some of his best practices, such as how to plan your budget for product development. Kevin’s overall goal during the keynote at the Make48 event will be to help encourage and inspire the contestants and other influential designers all about the world of consumer product design, development, and entrepreneurship.
You can check out some of Mako Design’s best practices on our blog post, here!
Tim on set with some of the Make48 team!
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!