The concept design stage starts the design process. Initially, the idea is evaluated, to ensure that it is unique and innovative. From there, various forms, styles and concepts are produced as a range of ideas. The initial hand drawn sketches create a flow of ideas, thinking about how it looks, how it could potentially be made and with ergonomic consideration, how it could be used. Showing a selection of the design features and details at this stage, progresses the design brief and specification required.
The next stage is to produce fully rendered high quality images, which can be used to present to potential clients or investors. They are photo realistic and show the product in a range of views for review. These can be brought to life with movement to show assembly and full 360°s views. View the animation video below to see the full effect that movement can bring to your design idea!
Once the concept product design is approved, 3D CAD files are produced. A range of manufacturing processes will be reviewed and selected. There are many other services within this section to ensure the component is designed the most cost effective and suitable way. Full production tolerances are adopted for the correct manufacturing process. We will liaise with manufacturer, ensuring the performance is evaluated and correct material selected. High engineering integrity is vital and we can perform FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and mould flow to your component.
With additive manufacturing being prominent within design and manufacturing. We have our own 3D printer and can print in full colour, vastly speeding up the development process, ensuring the form, function and manufacturing requirements are achieved. We can supply our prototypes as Z Corp, SLA, SLS and fully finished vacuum castings and CNC parts in engineering materials. This allows performance testing of parts and small batch production and fully finished sales presentation models if required.
To complete the product development cycle, the final production draft details and manufacturing tolerances are added to ensure the successful manufacturing of the component. 2D drawings are produced as well as a bill of materials, outlining any key quality checks needed or assembly. As an extension to this stage, we can select a manufacturer and project manage the production to T1 samples and product approvals.
5 Step Product Design Process
Why work with 3di?
3di Consulting Ltd is an established product design consultancy providing creative and technical solutions to industry. Established in 2001, with an emphasis on design within the plastic injection moulding industry, our product designers have over 40 years combined experience, designing products for a wide range of markets. Our clients vary in size from the start-up entrepreneur to a large multi-national company. Our product designers ensure we design the right product to satisfy your design objectives.
With a forward-thinking and cost effective development process, and a desire to create and deliver successful industrial design solutions, we focus directly on innovation within the manufacturing industry. As part of the complete design service, we have in-house 3D printing giving fast prototypes despatched in some cases same day!Learn more »