Product Design & Reverse Engineering Will Give A Competitive Advantage
Project Design & Reverse Engineering: How Does It Work?
In simple terms, product design is all the work that’s done to take an initial idea for a new or improved product, up to the point where the design is ready to be manufactured. The process includes detailed specifications of the products parts and their relationship to the whole product. It takes into account how the item will perform, its intended functionality, and if it can be used in an efficient, safe and reliable manner. The product also needs to be made economically and attractive to targeted consumers.
The product design process is important because a company doesn’t want its consumers to be the ones to find out a product isn’t functional, ergonomic or aesthetically pleasing. Evaluating and testing a design to prove form and function is critical to the success of a product. This process can also identify potential manufacturing process or cost limitations that may lead to needing to revise or even redesign the product. Product designers will typically utilize research, concept development, sketching, prototyping, and 3D modeling, during the product design process.
In some cases, however, the product you want to produce may already be designed. You may want to reproduce the product as is or with slight changes or improvements. If the product in question has no detailed design or manufacturing criteria associated with it, then it needs to be reverse engineered. Merriam-Webster defines reverse engineering as – to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar. Reverse engineering methods used to be limited to defining products and their parts with tape measures, calipers, gauges and other manual tools. Today, 3D scanning, photography and other automated processes are used to help reverse engineer products and their components.
The product design and reverse engineering processes are critical to manufacturing products that are able to be manufactured effectively, efficiently and economically as well as ensuring that those products are safe, reliable and aesthetically pleasing to the end user. The team at CADsourcing has extensive experience in product design and reverse engineering. Ask them how they can help bring your product ideas to life.