Reducing cost, speeding time to market, and improving overall end-user experience are three main goals that every good product development firm aims to accomplish — and rapid prototyping technologies can help them achieve this.
Great product designers are always on the lookout for better ways to reduce cost and improve the user experience.
Living hinge design is method that can accomplish both these tasks handily by replacing conventional hinge design methods with a flexible thin web of plastic.
Due to the unique flow dynamics of plastic injection molding two bodies of plastic can be connected with a resilient hinge can be cycled indefinitely.
Do I really need a patent?
You might, but you also might not. A lot of this depends on your individual situation, and I definitely recommend consulting a patent lawyer with your concerns. There are a few questions you can ask yourself, though, before you give in and write a check to that attorney.