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Understanding the design stage is crucial to getting your idea designed how you want it. We have explained how to find suppliers, what prices to be expecting and what exactly a designer needs to complete his job. Don’t waste time, prepare yourself and you will save time and money.

February 23, 2012

Product Design Process

Product Designing is the process where a new product is created and likely to be sold by a business to its customers. This also applies to inventors. A Product Designer combines their artistic skills with science and technology to create a 3D product with the use of engineering or graphic design software. WHAT IS THE DESIGN PROCESS? Design Brief The design brief is the most important part of the design process. The designer needs to fully understand what you are looking to design and how you want it. The product designers takes this information and designs your product. Be aware if you don’t give […]
May 27, 2012

What is a Mechanical Designer?

Mechanical Designers typically use CAD software to generate designs either in 2D or 3D. Generally 2D is used to show outlines of a design with dimensions on for manufacturing. 3D designs are used more for automated machining where tolerances are not that important (although an overall tolerance to the design can be allocated). It is a mechanical designers job to design machines and products using new technologies available. With technology changing constantly and the introduction of new products its the mechanical designers job to constantly look for new and improved solutions when designing. Dependent on which industry the mechanical designer […]
May 27, 2012

What is industrial Design?

An Industrial Designer is the original creator and technical force behind many products that are manufactured for daily use. Industrial Designers make use of applied art and applied science to improve aesthetics, ergonomics and usability of the product during the designing phase which improve the products marketability and production. Typical Design Industries: Aircraft Design Bicycle and motorcycle Boating Furniture Housewares Vehicle Manufacture
May 27, 2012

2D CAD

What is 2D CAD? When someone in design or engineering refers to 2D CAD, they generally refer to a drawing on a screen or paper that represents a 2 dimensional object or assembly. This means there is no depth represented (Z-axis). In Order for designers to illustrate a depth they usually add another view alongside the front or side view. 2D drawings are always presented in a line drawing format but may have some shaded view added. Why do you need it? 2D CAD drawings are generally produced to give dimensions to a part or assembly for the object to be […]
May 27, 2012

3D CAD

What is 3D CAD? This is the term given to describe an object that occurs on a three-axis Cartesian coordinate system. Cartesian coordinate system is basically a way of describing the X and Y axis that we learnt about in School, except this time there is a third axis called the Z axis which represents depth of a part. By the above definition any object that is 3D CAD needs to have these 3 coordinate systems. The term 3D is generally used when using computer graphics but now becoming more recognised in television and computer games. Typically 3D objects in […]
May 27, 2012

Photorealistic Rendering

With the advancement of design software, you have the ability to produce a photorealistic rendering of your designs and use these for marketing or other visual illustrations you may need. This is a prefect tool as it gives you the chance to approach potential customers with a photo of the final product, which can help result in sales.
May 27, 2012

FEA (Finite Element Analysis)

What is FEA? FEA is a type of software  simulation that is used to virtually test your design to ensure it doesn’t break after production. Not all designers use this software so don’t let this deter you when trying to find a suitable designer. Typically used in the engineering industry FEA is now widely used as an useful tool in product design. How does it work? The way FEA works is by importing your 3D cad design into the FEA software, add your relevant parameters and let the software perform a simulation. The end result of the FEA simulation will […]
May 27, 2012

Brainstorming hurts my head

So you want to come up with a new product, but have no idea where to start? Brainstorming is the quickest and easiest way to come up with new ideas. What is Brainstorming? Brainstorming is where a group of you sit down and throw around ideas on a specific issue and then determine which one of the ideas is the best one. With every brainstorming session appoint a facilitator whose job is to encourage, guide the ideas and write them down. Ensure you do this in a relax environment and where people can joke and talk comfortably. No such thing as […]
May 27, 2012

Reverse Engineering another product

Reverse Engineering is basically taking a product that already exists and copying the design or analysing how it works. The reason why people reverse engineer things is to figure out how a product was made to help construct a new device but without directly copying anything from the original. To copy a part exactly could very likely infringe on some existing patents the design may have, but changing if totally or improving on the design is usually the objective. Generally speaking most designs out there are very similar, lets think about a printer for instance. The printer feeds paper in one side through rollers, ink is […]
May 27, 2012

How long will the design phase take?

The length of time it takes to design a product always depends on a few factors. I have had people come to me with ideas that are just thoughts in their head while other times I have had people come to me with sketches and even prototypes. How far have you developed your ideas? If you do your homework and try to develop the idea yourself so it can be handed over to someone else will reduce the time it takes to design the final product. Basically you have come up with a concept on how you part will look […]