Takign your idea to the next stage consists of design and development which includes Industrial Design and 3D/2D CAD. Without a design you cannot proceed into the manufacturing stage.

May 15, 2015

Design Review Meetings

During each of the stages of the design process, I strongly suggest that you get involved as much as possible as your role within the process does not stop simply after you have the idea. With your involvement, you should also understand the importance of the meetings that will occur during the phases of the process and their significance not only to you but for the designer (manufacturer, etc.) as well. In the design phase, it is important for the designer to capture the design exactly as you envision it. Meetings, therefore, allow you the opportunity to discuss your ideas […]
May 15, 2015

Inventors need a Sketchbook

Do you have random sheets of paper with scribbles, notes and designs that scatter your office? Do you find yourself using restaurant napkins to capture random lightbulb moments after dinner with a friend? Save yourself time and heartache. Invest in a sketchbook so that you can keep a record of your ideas and designs in one place. Your designs do not have to be paper clipped or stapled together in a random assortment of paper. They do not have to fill file folders or napkins, sticky notes or the backs of business cards. In fact, if this is the case, […]
March 25, 2015

Working on the Design Too Long

Do not fall into the common trap of working on the design for too long. The odds are that both your designer and manufacturer would like to finish your project as quick as possible to collect their payment. If you drag your feet to finish your project, not only are you delaying yourself, you are delaying others, not to mention your potential success. In fact, to avoid extensive delays, your designer should inform you that you have a limited period in which you can modify your design. To avoid added stress or cost, make sure that you know this timeframe […]
March 25, 2015

Product Design Process

Product Designing is the process in which a new product is created and is likely to be sold by a business to its customers. This process also applies to inventors as it is the most efficient and effective way to transform an idea into an actual product that meets a need or fills a gap in the consumer market. 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? 1. Design Brief: The design brief is the most important part […]
March 25, 2015

Manufacturing Quotes for Your Invention

If you have reached this stage and are now looking to receive manufacturing quotes for your invention, then you have finalized the design of your product. In this step, you are looking to source manufacturers to supply you with quotes to get your invention made. File Types, 2D CAD Drawings & 3D CAD Models It is extremely important to ensure that, during the design phase, your designer supplies you with all of the files of your product that are required to receive manufacturing quotes. Generally speaking, the majority of the companies in the industry both locally and internationally utilize IGES […]
March 20, 2015

Don’t Rush Your Invention

Ensuring that your invention is going to be the best it can possibly be requires time. Do not rush the process as each step is pivotal in the overall success of your invention. A forced invention is more likely going to be a failure. Why? Forced inventions often fail to consider all aspects and factors of the market and its presence within that market. Presumably, you likely have a full time job that demands much of your time. In addition to work, you also have a life that requires spending quality time with family, friends, pursuing hobbies and dreams. Because […]
March 20, 2015

Advanced planning for Quality Control

When is the best time to plan for the quality control of your manufacturing process and product? It is best to start planning for quality control during the design phase of the product to work proactively to resolve potential defects or issues throughout the process. Design for Quality Control If your designer is as experienced as they say, then they should thoroughly understand and be able to explain the manufacturing process that they plan to use with your design. Knowing the method then allows you to have a better understanding of potential defects in addition to where and why they […]
March 15, 2015

Inventing and the Environment

As with any new invention, there is genuine excitement in finalizing the design, completing the manufacturing process, and finally seeing the product on store shelves. However, throughout the entire process, it is vital to always consider how your product will impact the environment. Here are some questions to consider: • Will it have a negative or a positive effect? • Is the product environmentally friendly? • Is the product packaging environmentally friendly? • What are other methods to improve the impact of my product on the environment? • Is there room in my budget to allow for eco-friendly packaging or […]
March 13, 2015

Difference between Industrial Design and Graphic Design?

Industrial Design or Graphic Design: What’s the Difference? With the end goal of launching your product into the market and achieving success by filling a need in the industry, how do you put your design or idea on paper to initiate the process? Without a basic sketch or rendition of your product, the invention simply remains an idea. Drawings, design, sketches and even prototypes bring your invention to life by allowing you, as well as potential consumers and investors, the opportunity to see the product firsthand. How is this possible? During the invention process, you will hear quite a bit […]
March 4, 2015

What are the design stages for a new product?

When a designer first begins a new project, being aware of what the final outcome needs to look like is important. For the designer to visualize the final design requires gathering as much information from you as possible. To ensure that your design stages are productive and successful, gain a better understanding of the process to complete your design. What information does the designer need? What material do you want to use? How much detail do you want? What are the strength requirements of the part or assembly? What is your cost target to purchase the parts? How many parts […]