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.

July 9, 2012

How will the designer design my invention?

The designer will typically use one of a selection of thousands of different types of software on the market today to create your product. Each software typically perform the same actions but in general software is chosen dependent on the industry the designer is trained in. There are 3 levels of software to choose from, the high end, the mid end and the low end and they are priced accordingly from $500 to $20,000 for each license. The reason for the different software and price levels is to do with the functions offered by each software. High end industries such […]
July 9, 2012

Why do I need a design for my invention?

Pretty simple answer really, you need a design as you cannot progress any further with your idea or invention without one. Designs are created to illustrate how your product will work and also help people understand how it will eventually look. The most important part of the design is actually being able to send the final drawings to a manufacturer who can manufacture the product. You are unable to get a rapid prototype made without a professional design. Everyone getting an invention made will need a design generated professionally to ensure the product will be suitable for manufacturing. If you […]
May 27, 2012

Don’t change your design halfway

A designers worse nightmare is to work with an inventor who doesn’t know what they want. This typically means endless amount of changes and doesn’t make it worth while for the designer in the long run. Typically when you employ the services of a designer they will inform you of a certain number of times that you can change your design. During the stages of design there are points where you can still make slight changes but past these points may result in a whole new redesign. The importance of a kick off meeting is to eliminate the chances of […]
May 27, 2012

Design review meetings are important

During all the stages of design I suggest you get involved as much as possible and understand that meetings are important, not to just you but also for the designer. Its important for the designer to capture the design as you want it so explaining the design in more detail would be appreciated. Not everyone thinks the same If you leave the design up to the designer you many not necessary get what you expected. Its important to remember that everyone thinks differently and there are more than one way to do something. If in this case you are not […]
May 27, 2012

Working on the design too long

Don’t fall into the trap on working on the design for too long, the odds are that your designer and manufacturer would like to finish your project as quick as possible to collect their money so the option of dragging your feet will affect you and other people. Your designer will inform you that you have a limited period in which you can modify your design so be sure you know the exact direction you want to follow with the design. But i need more time People tend to make more time thinking during the concept / idea phase of the product. […]
May 27, 2012

Manufacturing quotes for your invention

If you have reached this stage and you need to get manufacturing quotes then you have finalised the design of your product and looking to source manufacturers to supply you with quotes to get your invention made. Its important to ensure that during the design phase the designer will supply you with all the files required enabling you to get manufacturing quotes. Be sure that the designer does not charge you more for these files as they are a design requirement. It take about 2 minutes to save a file as an IGES file so there is really no need for the […]
May 27, 2012

Target sale price for your invention

There are many different ways of coming up with a sale price, however I prefer to assess a product using the following steps below. The way to determine a good target sale price will depend on a number of factors: How novel is your idea? What is your target audience? How much can you get the product manufactured for? How much is packaging of the product? How much does shipping cost? How much marketing do you need to do? Are you going to sell through retailers? How novel is your idea? Very important in choosing a sale price because simply, if your […]
May 27, 2012

Which material to use to make my Product?

Any designer needs to understand what material a product or part will be made of to ensure they can accurately design it. Why is this important during the design phase? I suggest you sit down with the designer in the first meeting you have and discuss what type of application the part is going to be used for.  They should be able to tell you if the part will be strong enough in your chosen material. If the designer has some doubts then they can decide to do some FEA simulations to test the parts strength or simply change material […]
May 27, 2012

Which manufacturing method?

There are lots of options when deciding which manufacturing method to use. Each method however is dependent on a few factors. How much do you want to spend? What material do you want to use? How much do you want to spend? The reason why this is important is because every manufacturing method vary in costs. For example, parts are generally cheaper to make using injection molds opposed to casting but you need to also take into account the cost of the tooling. The cost of the tooling for injection mold is more expensive than the cast tooling so dependent […]
May 27, 2012

What are the design stages for a new product

When a designer first starts a new project, he needs to be totally aware of what the final outcome needs to look like. For the designer to be able to visualise the final design he needs to get as much information from you as possible. You need to be aware of the design stages so you can understand the steps to completing your design. What information does the designer need: What material do you want to use? How much detail do you want? Strength requirements of the part or assembly? What is you cost target to purchase the parts? How many parts are you […]