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Creating with Cozy, Part 2: The CAD

Great design is not only helpful and functional, it is elegant. We spent a lot of time designing PocketDock to be both sleek and sturdy. A lot of this planning came in the CAD stage of designing. Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of a computer to create and optimize a design. It’s used to create 3D designs with the precise measurements and geometry of a finished product. These designs can then be used for manufacturing.      We used Autodesk Fusion 360 to create our CAD for PocketDock. It helped us turn our drawings into a 3D model to see how we could realistically create a final product. This stage was especially important in designing the dock to fit...

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Creating with Cozy, Part 1: Paper, Pencil, and PocketDock

At Cozy, we create products to improve life without adding clutter. Good design reuses existing materials, giving them more utility and functionality in the simplest possible way. That was our goal for PocketDock. Once we had an idea of what we wanted PocketDock to be, we set out with Paper and Pencil by FiftyThree to design it. Paper allowed us to sketch and revise complex drawings with all of the simplicity of a pencil and paper. It helped us keep our drafts organized so we could share them and get feedback to create the best possible product. Our design process always starts with a need. We designed PocketDock to simplify smartphone charging. Our phones deserve better than sitting on the...

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3D Printing the Way to a Better World

30 years ago, the first 3D printer was too expensive and too large for anyone but corporations to use. Today, there are versions available to the general public for as little as $500. They are used to print everything from cars to jewelry.   Images by Local Motors and Design-Milk Cool as that is, this new technology is doing much more than giving people products on demand. 3D printers are dramatically changing lives. Nearly 2 million Americans have lost limbs. That number skyrockets when you look at the rest of the world. Many people can’t afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on prosthetics. So they go through life without a hand, leg, or other body part. That’s where...

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Meet the Team @ Cozy: UK Operations

Adrienne Gauldie, UK Operations Adrienne is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied Anthropology and Environmental Science at Washington University in St. Louis. How would you describe your job at Cozy?I’m responsible for UK distribution and operations. It includes order fulfillment and inventory management. Most importantly, I help our UK customers get Cozy.  :-) What is your favorite part of working at Cozy?My favorite part is the fantastic team, great products, and the startup vibe. I also like that I am working with smart people. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?I don’t know if I could do that… Guinness. If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it...

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Cutting Cord Clutter, Part 3: What's a Lightning to Micro USB Adapter?

Do power outlets in your house look like this? Image by Today You have chargers for your iPhone and iPad, but the rest of your family uses Android. On top of all this, you need a charger for everyone’s Kindles. With all those cords and power strips, you can hardly see the floor. We’ve talked about how adapters can help multi-MacBook and iDevice households. But can Apple and Android devices coexist too? As it turns out, they can! To scale down on cords, first determine which chargers you’re using. The converter we’re looking at works with Apple Lightning and generic Micro USB cords. The easiest way to tell the difference is by the device they work with. Lightning chargers are...

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