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Inventions – from Idea to Prototype to Production

  • 06/13/2008
  • 7:00 PM
  • Science Lecture Hall 101 at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa

Carl TenBrink will discuss the steps and methodology of taking an idea or invention to production.

The steps will include the “Starting Point”, organizing & defining your thoughts and ideas, development of concepts to improve the visual sales appeal and ergonomics, creation 3D CAD to define dimensions and production methods, the building of a working prototype, production options and sourcing and a brief over view of marketing options.

About the speaker:

Carl TenBrink:

Carl founded Sonos Product Development in Huntington Beach, Ca. in 1983 after returning from a year in Barcelona, Spain where he studied at the Escola Massana Art School and at the University of Barcelona. Carl TenBrink received his degree from Manchester College.

Sonos Product Development www.SonosProductDevelopment.com  is a full service and diverse US and international Product Development Company. As president Carl manages the wide variety of services that Sonos provides. These services include: Industrial Design, Product Design, Concepts Refinement & Sketches, Graphic Design, 3D CAD modeling (Solidworks 3D), Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Design, fully functional Prototypes, Mock-up models, Engineering Prototypes, Rapid Prototypes, Tooling and Cast or Injection molded parts, Product Manufacturing; locally or internationally and Marketing & e-Commerce Websites.


For 25 years Carl TenBrink and Sonos Product Development has provided product improvements and innovations for inventors, entrepreneurs & small companies as well as fortune 500 companies. Carl and his team have created full size concept cars for General Motors, hundreds of Happy Meal Toys for McDonalds, Barbie Dolls & Hot Wheels for Mattel Toys and Medical Devices for a wide variety of companies and markets!


Carl TenBrink is no stranger to Inventing. Carl has a number of invention patents to his name which cover the diversity of the rich history of Sonos Product Development. There are patents for Construction Equipment, Medical Devices, Amusement Device and an Expandable Collectible and Trophy Display Case System www.showcase-Express.com the Display case System was Carl’s first patent and he has been manufacturing and  marketing the Display cases for 11 years vie an e-Commerce Website, NASCAR Illustrated, Classic Toy Trains, Model Railroader and various other trade and hobby related magazines.

Registration starts at 7:00 P.M. and the seminar starts at 7:30 P.M. and lasts about 90 minutes. Refreshments are served in the lobby at 9:00 P.M. where you can network with other inventors. Door fees are $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Parking is free.

From I-405—exit Fairview Rd. and drive south to Merrimac Way. Turn right and drive to Lot E (5th driveway on the right). Walk to the front of the Lewis Center (large brick building). The Science Lecture Hall is just across from the Lewis Center main entrance.

From I-55 southbound—exit right onto Fair Drive westbound. At third traffic light, make a right onto Fairview Road northbound, at Merrimac Street westbound make a left turn and go to Parking Lot E. 

Map of Orange Coast College: 2701 Fairview Rd Costa Mesa, CA 92626, US.  Use this map to get to Orange Coast College, but you'll need the OCC map below to find the location on campus.

Map to Orange Coast College (Meetings are held in Building 40 on this map, park in Lot E)

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