There’s definitely a science behind device engineering and product design. Bringing a solid, reliable, workable and innovative new product into the marketplace involves hard work by designers and inventors who have something new and important to offer to people. A new device must be workable and usable on every level, and it must go through rigorous testing before it is sold commercially. All of these elements are part of the process of device engineering and design.
The Design and Engineering Process
When a new idea is brought into a design firm, the product idea has to be analyzed by a team of product design experts to see if the idea is a viable one. If the idea seems worth pursuing in the initial stage, designers may make some sketches to help them visualize the product and look at it from several angles. From this point, the engineering team may make some calculations on initial costs for a setup and manufacture of a prototype.
As the idea is analyzed and discussed, a CAD design would be created in a basic stage. As the idea is developed further, a more detailed CAD design would be created, followed by more carefully detailed drawing. All of this is a key part of device engineering and product design.
Once a more detailed set of drawings is complete, the drawings and any design files would be shown to manufacturing partners to get a more sure sense of all the product’s implications and possible costs for larger scale manufacture.
Pursuing the Process
There are many factors involved in device engineering and product design before a prototype is delivered, and ultimately, put into large scale manufacture. One issue is how and where the product would be manufactured. Many firms now work with manufacturing products overseas in order to keep costs down.
If a prototype is finally okayed for large scale commercial manufacturing, a team from the US would be on site with the manufacturer to oversee the final production of the product. This is another key element in device engineering and product design, as quality control is crucial to making a device that fulfills the true idea of its design.
The other element of bringing a final design to market is the shipping and fulfillment of product orders. Many firms outsource this part of the job to the manufacturer, who will ensure that all the products are delivered to buyers in a timely fashion.
The work of bringing in a new product requires time, expertise and intense attention to detail. When all the elements work together, however, great products are truly possible.