Billy Mack

Senior Industrial Designer, Noble Plastics
Louisiana, USA

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  • "That does seem cheap. It's tough to say. Domestic manufacturing is still typically higher than say China, but things are starting to level out a bit. Automation helps and I've heard wages are improving there. I haven't seen where these are produced. Maybe I missed it. But if they are made in Australia and shipped here, that's impressive. Good design helps! The faster the parts are released from the mold (cycle time), the lower the cost. Less material = lower cost, etc. Also, tooling made in China is quite a bit cheaper than the US. But, with longer lead-times and more risk. We always strive to go domestic when our customer's budget allows, but it isn't always the case. It helps to have a relationship with a reputable mold shop there."
    on: Well-Designed, Injection-Molded Heavy Duty Storage Totes for Off-Road Vehicles
  • "Also, quality content Rain!"
    on: Well-Designed, Injection-Molded Heavy Duty Storage Totes for Off-Road Vehicles
  • "I'd give it a thumbs up. I see no issues in terms of molding and I am particularly interested in the hinge and latch designs. The lid geometry is a nice touch too. I may have to get my hands on one to check it out. I regularly use pelican cases to transport music gear and would love to see how these stack up...pun intended. The price seems comparable, but there are metal components in most pels. Based on the product size, those are substantial molds. But, they're likely pretty simple with seemingly open/shut geometries. This is a good example of good design saving cost on the back end. Now I want a mullet, a ute, and an Aussie adventure.P.S. someone please revisit the design of ratchet straps! They jam, and are pretty un-intuitive IMO. Opportunity."
    on: Well-Designed, Injection-Molded Heavy Duty Storage Totes for Off-Road Vehicles
  • "Isn't the polystyrene it's mixed with still petroleum based?"
    on: Limex: An Injection-Moldable Material Derived from Limestone
  • "These are cool. They seem a bit low, but that's a compromise for compactness. Hate is a strong word, but I HATE using the bag style. I find them rather ugly, they break easily, you have to fiddle with a bag...After years of thinking about this every time I fought with a "bag chair"....I recently purchased the old school design from https://www.lawnchairusa.com/. I find these far superior to the modernly popular folding bag style. They fold flat, they're only 4.2 lbs (aluminum), come in tons of color combos, and they're hella easy to use. Plus, vintage styling. I find them waaay more practical. Sure, they're not a tube when folded, but I find the flatness more convenient in most situations. They are also easy to carry. They're a little expensive, but so what?! They're made in the good ole USofA!"
    on: Helinox's Ultra-Lightweight Folding Outdoor Chairs
  • "Many years ago (about 8), I worked with a customer on solving a similar problem. His product were silicon covers for regular incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. The form factor was almost identical to this, except it was like a fitted jacket over the bulb. The idea was that if the bulb shattered nothing escaped...glass, vapors, etc. I am not sure what became of that product, but this seems like a potential step up. Interesting concept."
    on: Shatterproof, Silicone LED Light Bulbs
  • "Hail hail Syd Mead."
    on: Check Out How Different Car Renderings Used to Be
  • "That's a whole lot of body filler."
    on: West Coast Customs Realizes Rolls-Royce's "Floating" Concept Car
  • "This is interesting. I wonder if the glue spots have any impact on the recycling process of the cans."
    on: Packaging Innovation: Gluing Six-Pack Cans of Beer Together
  • "Reminds me of the now defunct (sold to Peavey) CA guitars here in Louisiana. Though they were not injection molded (carbon fiber sheet process). Polycarb is a good choice as its super durable. That's why headlight housings are usually PC.As I am a designer (and musician) for a company that injection molds I would like to note that modifying designs to be compatible with the molding process is incredibly typical. 95% of the clients that come to us need DFM (design for manufacture). A company with enough design and molding experience can do an excellent job without compromising the functionality or aesthetics of the design. Most laymen don't realize this step alone and it's a core function of my job. Analysis can be super helpful as well.I'd be interested to know how many components comprise these and what the assembly process looks like. Personal opinion.....they're not very visually attractive. There are ways to decorate PC but the costs can add up. Then again, maybe the target market is unconcerned. Shameless plug, nobleplastics.com for you injection molding and automation needs!"
    on: Veteran Industrial Designer Quits Gigs, Starts Company Producing Injection-Molded Ukuleles
  • "I had the same problem with my jeep. Of course the jeep grill is much higher up...the damage seemed to be mostly from bugs. It looked pretty horrible. I purchased these. It was definitely an improvement.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019PR5ZXK/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=MW1KZSbpxO3qr6ytnirbkQ&hsa_cr_id=4039782770701&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=55b3269b-8d70-4e84-9166-9255d6d80007&pd_rd_w=B04I0&pd_rd_wg=6ii8Z&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_mcd_asin_0_titleLooks like a great opportunity for someone to make some aftermarket ca$h."
    on: Corvette C8 Design Flaw Leads to Ongoing "Cosmetic Damage"
  • "Interesting form factor. This looks like a colab with Nickelodeon."
    on: Office for Design's Beautiful Take on the Router
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