During this key design and development step, the structural shape, appearance, and construction of the new product are determined. It must provide an exact fit for the internal workings, whether they are mechanical, electronic, or some combination, while maintaining the embodiment of your vision. The structural design captures the conceptual and functional elements determined during the initial design conference and incorporates them within the desired appearance.
This key stage of the design and development process will determine the manufacturing methods and significantly, impacts production costs. It is also during this stage that the materials used to construct the design are determined. Which materials are used affects not only the product’s functionality but also its production costs.