Product Design and Development

New product design and development can take many forms, and no project is the same as others. So we use a customer driven process proven to be very effective, and we can adjust it to meet your needs.

How do we do this? We focus our engineering skills on your goals. We take the time to assure we understand your product and then we proceed with the development process.

Each step of the way you will know the status of your project. You will know what’s been accomplished, the current work being applied to your project, and the next step in the product design and development process.

Product design and development may seem complicated to you now, but read through our website. We explain all the steps and this will help you be more confident.

Even though your project is unique the design and development process is generally the same as most other projects. It really comes down to understanding your goals and then applying them to the engineering process.

We’ve broken the product design and development process down into 7 fundamental steps. Please read this page and follow the links to learn more about how we can help you develop your product.


 

1. Product Design Information

2. Develop Solid Model

3. Product Review

4. Prototyping and Testing

5. Mechanical Drawings

6. Production Tooling

7. Production Pilot Run

Our Promise to You


By following our product design and development process we will meet your needs. The design of your product will meet your requirements, while minimizing manufacturing costs.  Our goal is to save you time and money while taking your project through every phase of the process.


Product Design and Development

  

Step 1
Product Design Information


The cornerstone of product design and development is the information you provide about your product.
The information you provide defines the performance you want.  That is, you describe the performance requirements, and we’ll try to bring it to reality.
So in this phase you simply describe what you want and how you want it to perform.

Product Design Information 

Step 2
Develop Solid Model


Development of the solid model is the process of creating a 3D computer based product design. It resides on our computers. So it’s not a physical model. It’s a digital model.
You will be able to see it on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.
You will also be able to accept the design or make changes.
So this is a critical step in the product design and development process.

Develop Solid Model

Step 3
Product Review


This is where you take charge of the product design and development process.
You can use Adobe Acrobat Reader to examine the solid model as a 3D PDF. You will be able to rotate the model on your screen and zoom into critical areas for your inspection.
This gives you the ability to approve the model or make changes as we proceed through the product design and development process.
If you approve the model the project will advance to Step 4. If you make changes it will move back to Step 2. 

Product Review

Step 4
Prototyping and Testing


Physical prototyping is an essential step in the product design and development process.
Design and performance requirements drive prototype methods and test procedures.
So as your product is designed we develop the requirements for the prototype and the testing procedures.
We may also need to modify the design if the prototype fails our tests. If this happens we can use the data developed from the test to improve the performance of the product.
Prototyping and Testing 

Step 5
Mechanical Drawing Construction


At this stage in the product design and development process the design is complete.
The next step is to create mechanical drawings so that we can request quotes from vendors.
Mechanical Drawings are what keeps the components in check. The are the legally binding documents that define what vendors are to produce.
So the mechanical drawings are the binding definition of your design, and vendors have to abide by this definition when they produce your product. Most notably, they need to produce parts and assemblies that meet the specification in the mechanical drawings.
Once the drawings complete they’re used for production tooling quotes, and manufacturing specifications.

Mechanical Drawings 

Step 6
Production Tooling


We’re nearing the end of the product design and development of your project. Mechanical Drawings are used to request quotes from vendors, which is just one reason drawings are so important.
When tooling is qualified it is put to the test. Components made from the tooling needs to match the specifications in the mechanical drawings. If they don’t the tooling is rejected and needs to be fixed or remade.
Once tooling passes the qualifying inspection it’s ready for the Production Pilot Run.
Another component of the production tooling process is we  request quotes from multiple vendors to promote competition, and as a result costs are minimized.

Production Tooling 

Step 7
Production Pilot Run


The product design and development process is coming to a close. The first parts and assemblies are inspected and approved for compliance to drawing specifications. Tooling is approved based on a First Article Inspection.

Production Pilot Run 

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