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Rapid Prototyping – A Boon for Innovators, Product Designers & Industrial Engineers

Rapid Prototyping
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Product prototype development is one of the most crucial steps in the life-cycle of new product development. As the need to build product prototypes faster increased, better techniques were developed, which eventually lead to the inception of rapid prototyping.

Developed by 3D Systems, a company providing comprehensive 3D products and services, rapid prototyping today has revolutionized the product design and development industry, allowing innovators, product designers, industrial engineers, and product manufacturers to rethink their product development approach.

Rapid Prototyping – What is it?

Rapid prototyping is a bundle of techniques, which help in crafting various materials, including plastics and metals, into models that represent the product concept. Rapid prototyping gives innovators, product designers, and industrial engineers the ability to hold, feel, and test as many product prototypes as they need in order to make the final product fully functional and safe to use. Rapid prototyping has ousted the need for conventional casting, molding, or machining in the manufacturing process.

Rapid prototyping is a common term for the process that quickly fabricates a conceived object or product with the help of three-dimensional (3D), computer-aided design (CAD) data. The 3D CAD data is uploaded to a special machine or printer that swiftly constructs the required component. The popular term, “3D Printing” is a prevalent example of the rapid prototyping technique.

Today, the rapid prototyping practice has been widely embraced by product development companies that design and develop electromechanical products, mechanical products, electrical and electronic products, medical device products, sports products, and other complex products.

Advantages of Rapid Prototyping

Due to its ability to construct an object or product quickly with the help of computer data, rapid prototyping is a resourceful tool to build product prototypes in a faster and more efficient way. Innovators rely on product prototypes to prove that their concept really works. By being able to develop their conceived item swiftly, innovators are able to share the concept efficiently with potential stakeholders and manufacturers in a real, tangible form. This is an essential step, also known as “Proof of Concept,” and it is quickly becoming an important standard in the new product development process.

Product prototypes also play a very vital role in detecting any design defects prior to the product manufacturing process. In order to eliminate design defects completely, numerous product prototypes are needed, and rapid prototyping is just able to do that, in a swift and efficient manner. After rapid prototyping an item, defects are detected, which are then corrected, and again a new prototype is created. The process is perpetual until all the design defects are eliminated. Product development companies that employ rapid prototyping techniques are eventually saving their clients substantial sums in product development by repeatedly and swiftly delivering a number of product prototypes, which are worked upon to make the final product better.

Although not a core part of the product development process today, rapid prototyping has begun to help shape and reshape the approach towards new product manufacturing. The revolutionary techniques are making things easier for product prototype development. Product designers, industrial engineers, product development companies, and product manufacturers who have embraced these contemporary techniques are already helping their clients (the innovators) in a much better way.

Need help with rapid prototyping? Perhaps with product design or product development or product manufacturing? Contact GID Development Corporation today.

We are a leading product development company in California, US, and we provide fast, efficient, and economical product design, rapid prototyping, product manufacturing, and other product fulfillment services.

At GID Development Corporation, our product designers, industrial engineers, and other personnel have vast experience and knowledge in bringing product concepts to life. No matter how complex a conceived product is, we will bring it to reality. Whether it is developing an electromechanical product, electrical product, electronic product, mechanical product, medical device product, or any other novel product, we will “GET IT DONE!”

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3 Top Product Design Tips

Product Design Tips
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While all the steps in new product development are important, one particular step demands more focus. It is the product design step. One of the primary steps in new product development cycle, product design of the conceived product factors toward the success of the final product. Product design affects the manufacturability as well as the cost of manufacturing too! For that reason, a little more attention is needed when designing a product.

Here are top three tips to consider when designing a product. The tips are based on our years of experience in the field of product design and development and are overall the best tips to take into consideration as you begin your venture into new product development.

Keep it Simple

Keep the design of your conceived product as simple as possible. The best product designs are those that just form a seamless connection between function and design. If the design of your product is complicated, it will be difficult to manufacture it. It will also increase the cost of manufacturing. Apart from these issues, if such a complicatedly-designed product is brought into the market, the potential customers will probably alienate it, resulting in total failure of the product. The goal of a good product design is to entice customers with an ergonomically-friendly design that seems easy to use.

For product design, it is best to team up with an intelligent team that can create a simple, yet attractive and functional design that allows easy and economical manufacturing.

Research

There is no need to reinvent the wheel! In fact, customers often prefer that you do not reinvent the wheel. Before designing your product, it is necessary that you conduct an extensive market research. Find out the competitors’ products that are on the market. See which features the customers like and dislike for those products. You would want your product to have only likable features – right?

When conducting the research, note down all the new features and functions you can implement in the design of your conceived product. Also, keep in mind that you do not change certain things that are familiar to the customers. For instance, it would be a terrible idea to change the order of the accelerator, brake, and clutch (ABC) in a car. People are already familiar with the default pattern, and changing it will result in instant rejection.

Prototyping and Testing

Although, product prototyping and testing are two entirely different steps that come later down in the product development cycle, they do have a connection with the product design phase. Product prototyping and testing make it possible to detect flaws or defects in the product design. Therefore, you need to create prototypes so that they can be tested to find flaws. Once the flaws are detected, you should eliminate them and then create a new product design. Based on the new product design, build and test the prototype again. You need to repeat this process until you achieve a definitive product design.

Today, because of the advanced technologies, prototype development and testing have become virtual, in a 3D computer-generated world. Nevertheless, there are still instances when you need to develop and test physical prototypes to detect the flaws and make the final product better.

You will also need to build product prototypes to give it to people for their suggestions. Based on their suggestions, you may need to alter the product design and create new prototypes again. Of course, this is a tedious process, but it is vital to achieving a flawless product design.

There is nothing easy about product design. For successful product designs, massive skills and experience are needed; skills and experience like GID Development Corporation has.

We are one of the leading product design companies in California, USA. We have decades of experience in the field, and have delivered thriving product design solutions to our clients (inventors) in the US and worldwide.

Along with product design, we provide rapid prototyping, product development, product manufacturing, and other product fulfillment services. No matter how complex the product concept is, we will help you realize it. To learn more, visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

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Product Prototyping – 3D Printing, CNC Machining & Plastic Injection Molding

Product Prototype Development
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Prototype development of your conceived product is vital. A product prototype is the first physical form of an imagined product idea. It enables the inventor to actually touch and feel the perceived product. It also allows the inventor to perform various tests and make necessary changes to make the final product better. Not to forget, a product prototype is a proof of concept, enabling the inventor to pitch to potential stakeholders about the conceived product and attract more funds for the mass production.

When it comes to product prototype development, it is helpful to consider the various tools available and the different processes used for making different parts of a conceived product. Product prototype development can be carried out using one of the following three methods: 3D printing (additive manufacturing), CNC machining (subtractive manufacturing), and plastic injection molding.

3D Printing

3D printing or additive manufacturing is one of the rapid prototyping techniques that constructs 3D objects by successively depositing material in layers such that it becomes a predefined shape. In the past few years, contemporary 3D printing has been very successful for rapid prototype development, but it is gradually starting to make its impact on the product manufacturing realm as well.

CNC Machining

CNC machining or subtractive manufacturing is a technique that constructs 3D objects by successively cutting away the material from a block of solid material. Typically, a CNC machine is employed in order to cut away the material and give a definite shape. Modern CNC machines utilize several tools and cut at three axes to nine axes such that they minimize the need for operators to flip the block. One of the cardinal benefits of CNC machining is the ability to construct predefined metal parts swiftly and accurately. 3D printing, in the case of metal, does construct parts accurately, but it is relatively slower than CNC machining. Therefore, for those product prototypes that require both plastic and metal parts, it is useful to use 3D printing for plastic parts and CNC machining for metal parts.

Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is a popular technique that constructs an object by injecting the material, with high pressure, into a mold. Once the product design engineers finalize the product design, definitive molds are made from either steel or aluminum, which are then fitted on the injection molding machine. The material is then fed into the machine, which passes through the mold and ejects as the predefined shape.

Which Method Should You Employ?

Each method is better suited for different situations. For instance, suppose you want to build a single product prototype just to get the feel of your conceived idea, run basic tests, and/or prove your concept to potential stakeholders. In such a case, if it is all plastic, you can employ 3D printing. If it is all metal, you can employ CNC machining. If it is an amalgamation of both plastic and metal, then you can employ 3D printing to produce plastic parts and CNC machining to produce metal parts. You can then assemble the plastic and metal parts to form the prototype and do whatever you wish to do with the prototype.

Now, suppose you want to create several identical product prototypes, which contain both plastic and metal parts, for consumer testing and market research. In such a case, you will need to employ plastic injection molding for plastic parts and CNC machining for metal parts. Plastic injection molding enables you to produce a moderate quantity of parts quite swiftly and economically. Once you have both the plastic and metal parts, you can assemble them to form several identical prototypes, which you can use for consumer testing and market research.

Despite the popular methods available, product prototype development can be tough, especially if you do not have a definitive product design for your conceived product. Besides, testing product prototypes and making them better are also some of the difficult challenges, which you may not be able to face it on your own. For that reason, it is sensible to partner with a product development company that employs different rapid prototyping techniques, including 3D printing, CNC machining, and plastic injection molding.

GID Development Corporation is a leading product design and product development company in the US. They offer quick and economical product design, rapid prototyping, product development, and other product fulfillment services to inventors in the US as well as across the globe. When it comes to product prototype development, experienced industrial engineers at GID Development Corporation first utilize the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes, which includes tools like CATIA V6, 3DVIA, BIOVIA, SOLIDWORKS, etc., to create and test product designs virtually. After achieving a definitive product design, the skilled industrial engineers employ 3D printing, CNC machining, plastic injection molding, or a combination of these methods to produce accurate product prototypes. The engineers at GID Development Corporation also have the experience and in-depth knowledge that help them test the prototype and make it better.

So if you need help with product prototype development, just contact GID Development Corporation. Whether it is a simple prototype development, like for sports products, or an intricate prototype development, like for complex electromechanical products or medical products, GID Development Corporation will “GET IT DONE!”

To learn more about the leading product design and product prototype development company in the US, GID Development Corporation, visit http://www.gidcompany.com/.

Have any queries regarding product prototyping? Just call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, for a 15-minute FREE telephonic conference. He will answer to various questions regarding rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CNC machining, and plastic injection molding.

Guidelines – For Developing Product Prototypes

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Conceived a brilliant idea for a groundbreaking new product? That is great! So now what? Well, as a prudent inventor, what you first need to do is build a prototype of your conceived product. No matter how simple and obvious your product concept sounds, the hard fact is that, realizing a new product is a very complicated task. Developing prototypes for your concept, however, can ease a lot of pain.

Prototype development plays a vital role in the new product development. Not only do prototypes give you a clearer picture of how your conceived product will look, feel, and function like, but they also help you attract the stakeholders as well as better the final product. With our years of experience in the field product development, we advise every inventor not to overlook the importance of building product prototypes. Product prototypes are the foundations of a new product. Here are some important guidelines to follow when developing product prototypes.

  1. Scale: One of the cardinal drawbacks when designing your concept in a computer application, like CATIA or SOLIDWORKS, is the lack of scale. A small 1-inch component or part of the conceived product can look big on the computer screen, but in the real-world, it is just a 1-inch component or part. To overcome this issue, what you need to do is 3D print the components as often as you can, especially for the small parts. 3D printing is not too expensive these days; you can either buy your own 3D printer or outsource your requirements to someone specializing in 3D printing. By 3D printing small components to judge the scale, you can avoid a lot of complications later on.
  2. Make a lot of prototypes: Don’t just create a single prototype; develop five or ten or as many as you can afford. When your product design is near its perfection, it is best to build several product prototypes. When assembling prototypes, try to do so with your hands. When you build the prototypes with your hands, you will know how they come together. Take notes of how each part fits and how many times you need to make the adjustments. If you can videotape yourself assembling the prototype, then by all means, do so. You can later re-watch the videos and figure out what is going wrong.
  3. Let someone else assemble the prototype for you: Ask your friend, family member or someone you know to assemble your prototype. Watch them closely. See how they interact with your prototype, and ensure that you give minimum instruction to them. That way, you will be able to easily and quickly identify all the pain points regarding the assembly of your prototype. It will certainly be frustrating to watch someone assemble your prototype, but believe it, this is a great way to gather knowledge about your prototype.
  4. Team up with a product prototype development company: When building your product prototype, you will, at some point, wish that you had a professional helping hand. After all, product prototype development is not a piece of cake! This is where a professional product prototype development company comes into play. Such a product prototype development company has skilled mechanical, electrical and all sorts of engineers who have years of experience in product prototyping. Not to forget, a prototype development company also has all the necessary tools and resources that help in product prototyping. Partnering with a product prototype development company is definitely not a bad idea. The company can point out where you are going wrong with your prototype, assist you overcome various problems, and can even help you build product prototypes from scratch.

Developing product prototypes is never a waste of time, efforts or resources. Prototypes help further your conceived product idea to reality. As an inventor, never overlook the importance of product prototype development. Just remember, developing prototypes is one of those important keys that lead to a successful outcome of your conceived product.

If you need help with new product prototype development, then partner with GID Development Corporation today. A leading product prototype development company in California, USA, GID Development Corporation provides product design, rapid product prototyping, product development and other product fulfillment services. Utilizing contemporary technologies, like the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes, which includes 3DVIA, CATIA V6, SOLIDWORKS, BIOVIA, and other CAD / CAM / CAE computer applications, and 3D printing processes, experienced engineers at GID Development Corporation can create accurate product prototypes, swiftly and economically.

Whether it is creating prototypes for electromechanical products, sports products, medical device products, embedded software products, or any novel products, GID Development Corporation, an expert product prototyping company in California, will “GET IT DONE!”

Learn more about GID Development Corporation: http://www.gidcompany.com/

Have any queries regarding product prototype development? Or perhaps 3D printing? Just call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, for a FREE 15-minute telephonic conference.

The Most Common & Important Steps Involved in Product Development

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Product development is all about materializing a new product from just a mere concept. Whether it is a medical device product, a product with electronics, electromechanical product, sports product, a product with embedded software or any other kind of a unique product, there are a number of steps involved in order to realize it. Here are some of the steps that entail in product development:

Step 1: Research

Performing an extensive market research is where the product development begins. A market research helps identify the prospect of the new products. Is the conceived product unique? How ergonomic the product should be? Will the product be helpful to the potential customers? Are there any alternatives for the conceived product yet? Answers to these and many other questions shape the success of the new product, and in order to get the answers, performing research is necessary.

Step 2: Product Design

A conceived idea is actually elucidated during the product design stage. In fact, all the detailed drawings, from concept to envisioned final product, are drawn during the product design stage. Product design is one very tough step of product development.

A conceived product can be simple or complex in nature. If it is a simple product with few parts or components, the product design process will be a single step. On the other hand, if it is a complex product with numerous parts or components, product design process will be broken down into two sub-steps: Preliminary Product Design and Final Product Design.

  • Preliminary Product Design: When a product consists more parts or components, like an electromechanical power unit, which has over hundreds of parts and components, then the preliminary product design step is useful. Preliminary product design is all about the appearance and function of the conceived product, and less about the product’s manufacturability. Once preliminary product designs are made, they become the frameworks for the final product design.
  • Final Product Design: Final product design is all about product manufacturability. In simpler words, it is about creating product designs in such a way that the said products are easy to fabricate or manufacture. The final product design specifies everything required to dictate production or mass manufacturing. It considers everything on a part level. The result of final product design is detailed drawings, 3D image and rendering files, a complete bill of materials, and details to source and assemble.

Step 3: Product Design Analyses / Feasibility Analyses

After realizing the final product design, detailed analyses are carried out on the design prior to product prototyping and prototype testing. These analyses verify the feasibility of the product, as well as its performance, like strength, weight, dimension, etc., prior to developing a physical prototype. This important step lowers the cost and performance risks related to prototype development and prototype testing.

Step 4: Product Prototype Development

Once a definitive product design is ready, alpha and beta product prototypes are made. This is the step where actual, physical form of a conceived product takes shape and comes into being. Product prototypes are made using suitable plastic product manufacturing techniques. If it is a product with electronics, then breadboards or generic electronic kits, like Arduino kits, are used to make prototypes. 3D printing and rapid prototyping techniques can also be utilized for product prototype development.

Step 5: Prototype Testing

Prior to moving the product into production, exhaustive testing of the definitive prototype is carried out in order to make sure that it functions and performs as expected. The prototype is used in all the possible ways it is intended to be used. General public and potential customers are also given the opportunity to use the prototype; this way, valuable feedbacks from them are taken and implemented before the product is sent for mass manufacturing.

Step 6: Hazard Analysis

The hazard analysis is performed throughout the product development process. It is, however, finalized before the product is sent for production. The purpose of hazard analysis is to identify any possible safety issues that may surface by the product, in the future. If possible, the safety issues will be addressed by the change in the product design. If not, it will be addressed by accompanying product manual and safety warning labels.

Step 7: Mass Manufacture & Release

The final step of the product development is placing the product into production. If the capital is not the constraint, then own production facility can be set up. If it is the constraint, then outsourcing the production is the sensible and economical way.

Once the product starts to roll out in larger quantities, it can be taken to the market, into the hands of potential customers.

Product development is indeed a time-consuming, mentally-challenging, exhausting task. For individual inventors, it is next to impossible to realize their dream products on their own. Fortunately, there are product development companies, like GID Development Corporation, that can help inventors with product development.

GID Development Corporation is a leading product development company in the US. Based in California, it offers swift, agile, economical, and top-quality product design, product prototyping, and product development services to inventors throughout the United States and across the globe.

With their vast experience, professionals at GID Development Corporation can help develop large, complex products, products with embedded software, sports products, products with electronics, electromechanical products, and other unique products. No product development project is too big or too small for them; these professionals at GID Development Corporation will “GET IT DONE!”

Learn more about professional product development company, GID Development Corporation, by visiting http://www.gidcompany.com/.

Have any product development-related questions or queries? Just call Patrick at 714.528.2482 between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST, for a FREE 15-minute telephonic conference. He will answer to various questions regarding new product development.