Engineering a Product from from Idea
We have many customers who come to us with an idea for a new product, and need help taking it from concept to production-ready status. Some have little more than a sketch of their idea on a napkin.
Our engineer can bring your product to life and walk you through the process of creating the manufacturer-ready drawings a factory will need to put your product into production.
Here’s what the process looks like:
1) Initial Consultation
You would have an initial phone call with our engineer to describe the concept for your product, including the materials you envision it being made from, rough dimensions, how it should function, and any other details. The more information you can provide, the better, including rough sketches, prototypes, sample parts or components, or other drawings you might have had made.
Non Disclosure Agreements(optional)
Upon request, we are happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement with you where we agree to keep your product design and concept confidential. We have a standard NDA we can provide, or we can work with your NDA.
2) Product Engineering & Design Quote
We will provide you with a quote for the estimated hours necessary to create an initial rendering, first generation drawings, and other processes that might be needed, such as the inspection of any prototypes and final drawing revisions.
Because we offer engineering and production sourcing services under one roof, we’re able to provide competitive rates that are often 50% below some engineering firms who charge $100.00 an hour and more. (We’ve seen some engineering firms that charge as much as $150.00 an hour.)
Working with an Experienced Product Engineer
Our American engineer has years of experience working with products made from multiple materials, including metal, plastic, and textiles. He’s done work for Dell Computer and other large tech companies.
3) Designing & Engineering your Product
Once you’ve made the decision to work with us, our engineer may produce some initial computer-generated renderings to give you a feel for what your product would look like. Here are several renderings:
4) Drafting Manufacturing Drawings for your Product
The next step will be to create first generation drawings of all parts. These drawings will include all dimensions, tolerances, material, and finish requirements. A 3d model may also be created, in stp file format. Here is an example of a 2D drawing as described above:
5) Prototyping your Product for Testing
Once you’ve approved the first generation drawings, prototypes should be made for every new product so you can test that the function and fit are what you have in mind. Prototypes also give you products that you can show to your prospective customers for market research purposes. We will provide you with a quote from one of our manufacturers that specialize in making prototypes after the first generation drawings are complete.
Quality Testing of the Prototype
Once the prototypes have been made, our engineer may inspect them to make sure they’re made to print, and then you can use them for marketing purposes and to perform your own tests.
Updates and Product Revisions
There are always changes that are made after the first prototype is made. Your customers might make suggestions that would enhance your product’s features, our engineer could come up with ideas to help improve the design for manufacturing purposes, or the prototype might provide you with the spark for new ideas or improvements.
6) Finalizing Product Drawings for Production
Once you’ve fine-tuned the design, our engineer will produce final, production ready drawings, and we will be ready to go to China for a production quote.
The engineering and prototyping process is different for every product. Some projects might require multiple design changes and prototypes, while others, if the products are simple, could be done with several sets of drawings and one prototype. We will work with you to expedite the product development phase as quickly as possible.
Please contact us to discuss getting the engineering process started.