PRODUCT DESIGN PROCESS
> DESIGN IDEA THROUGH TO FULLY DEVELOPED PRODUCT <
There is no set format when it comes to product development because all invention ideas are different. However it is important to understand the process and stages ahead before you embark on the journey. This will come from discussing the idea with your project design manager. Along with understanding the process and time implications you will also want an idea of costs. As the design has not yet been fully conceived it is impossible to quote exact costs but estimates can be given based on the type of product, size and complexity.
If required, this stage is where we carry out high level research, brainstorming, technical investigations and create rough physical mock ups for testing. When there are unknowns that need to be understood and explored before the product can start to be designed as a whole this is where the process will start.
Many projects begin here. This phase involves creating several variations of the product to explore options such as functionality, style and manufacturing process. It is recommend that 3 different concepts are produced to give a range of ideas and maximise innovation before further developing the chosen design options.
The chosen concept can now be further developed in terms of engineering in order to be ready for physical production of a prototype. Detailed 3D CAD models of parts are created and required components are sourced and specified.
The developed concept is now built into a physical prototype in order to test the design and identify areas to improve and further development. Often this involves 3D printing but other production and fabrication processes are employed to suit each project and material requirements.
The CAD design is updated in line with changes identified during assembly and testing of the prototype. Once complete these updates may require new parts be made or a rebuild of the prototype required. Several prototypes are often required in order to refine and perfect a design ready for mass manufacture. Note that stage 4 - prototype construction often needs to be repeated to test the developments.
With the product proven and working we can make adjustments to the design to allow for mass scale manufacture processes to work effectively. This can also be backed up with specifications and a pack of 2d production drawings. Everything you need to have your product manufactured by your preferred factory.
Help with finding, selecting and communicating with manufacturers and factories. From obtaining production cost through to supporting and advising as the first batch as come off the production line.
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Note: This is a simplified process and your project may require further stages and repetitions in order to achieve the best outcome..