- Feasibility Study and Research
- Concept Development
- Preliminary Design
- Detailed Design
- Electronics Integration
- Design Prototyping and Test
- Design Review and Optimisation
- Manufacturing Preparation and Management
The product design and development process has many elements. MARND simplifies the process and helps clients get to quality end products through a proven structured process. The company clients range from those who come with an idea or a challenge, to those who seek final design optimisation for manufacturing.
MARND provides a hands-on service, reliving clients from stress and risk associated with new solutions development. Development highlights are communicated periodically for evaluation and feedback.
Feasibility Study and Research
Market Research, Technology Research, and Intellectual Property (IP) Research help establish the product idea position in market against ready available current ideas, patents, and products. This gives an understanding of the industry landscape. In this stage, past and current valid intellectual property (IP) are analysed to assist the feasibility of developing the proposed new innovation.
The research investigates current active competition in the market and relevant concepts. In addition to, ideas that might develop into a competitor product in the foreseen future. A survey of prices currently offered for competitor products can also be done to estimate possible savings the new innovation could bring.
Some projects require on-site visits to evaluate operation challenges. We observe and communicate with end-users within your company to help set and evaluate design solution goals.
Abstract feasible ideas are developed to provide required solution and achieve set goals, turning vision into reality. Features of the new products are selected from an array of possible features usually to provide most efficient solution. The concept is then sketched by hand to create visual representation of the idea and features and help the development process to proceed.
At end of concept development the preliminary design is created. It focuses on creating the product framework, which is crucial for the product development. The visual representation is made using 3D CAD rendering which helps effectively communicate the product idea.
The preliminary design bridges the gap between conceptual design and detailed design. At this stage, the overall product configuration is defined, and main features are outlined. Product specifications materialise and help the development team outline estimates of financial, technical, and manufacturing details of the product. By the end of this stage various stakeholders can easily provide feedback based on an accurate representation of the solution.
Design and features detailed development starts after the concept reaches a satisfactory point and all the main features are frozen at the approval of the preliminary design, the design detailed features are polished. This allows the CAD model to be closest to reality from a technical point of view and ready for prototyping and optimisation.
Design Prototyping and Test
Filament based 3D printers are then used to create working models for mechanical parts. After which powder-based selective laser sintering (SLS) printers are used to produce more accurate tolerances, which in turn helps improve tests accuracy. Some parts are usually CNC machined after this to make sure the test is as accurate as possible before the design optimisation is finalised.
Design Review and Optimisation
Tests are first carried out digitally by simulating real-world scenarios to estimate the product design ability and limitations. This helps identify key possible improvements required to overcome newly found limitations.
Simulation simply helps identify how the product might change its shape or break when used by end-user. It could also highlight areas with excess material that could be removed; to save weight and cost without impacting functionality or looks.
Throughout the optimisation phase, the product design is also kept optimised for manufacturing. Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the general engineering art of designing products in such a way that they are easy to manufacture.
Electronic parts go through a similar process starting with feature identification, selection, design, optimisation. The process is very efficient as it employs industry grade standard components during prototypes. Hence, the resulting printed circuit boards (PCBs) are exact replicas of the final product, with manual soldering.
Manufacturing Preparation and Management
Final technical drawings are created to allow accurate tolerance communication to vendors. These drawings clearly communicate the product specifications to vendors regardless of their experience or location.
Next comes, vendors survey, selection, communication, and supervision, can take place. By the end of the production process quality checks are conducted to ensure conformity of the produced product.