Product Design Services
CAD FM will assist you to streamline your complete manufacturing process which will help enhance product development. By working with you to meet your goals we can offer expertise at all levels of the manufacturing process to ensure that you achieve the vision you specified.
We will provide you with an exact replica of your design and how it is going to look at the final production stage. We can then support you through any alterations with real time results providing you with a cost-effective testing process that ensures a robust and value-added prototyping activity.
Whether you are an experienced professional, or new to product development, we are here to help guide you wherever needed, or follow your lead when required.
WHAT ARE PRODUCT DESIGN SERVICES?
In simple terms, product design is the process by which a new product is brought to production by a business. Product design services play a vital role in taking a product from the concept stage through the initial design, detail engineering and on to the prototype.
The service involves a combination of technical and creative processes which are balanced to help create a product that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective.
Good product design puts the clients’ vision at the heart of the process and focuses on delivering a product which is practical, manufacturable, of high quality and consistent with the requirements of the client.
Product design should not finish with a consultation or design idea. For a complete design process which brings the product to market smoothly and promptly, creative and engineering personnel must work collaboratively from inception to production.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST
Choosing the right product designers to work on your project is essential to getting your product to market in the shortest time possible while ensuring quality and reliability.
Product design is a collaborative process so you need to work with people you can trust and who will give you honest feedback on your ideas and whether they are practical, achievable and within your budget.
Every product goes through a series of changes on the road from conceptual idea to the finished article and two-way communication is a vital part of that process as it ensures ideas are discussed, tested and amended where necessary to improve the product and bring it to the production stage.
When choosing a product design agency, it is important to check their reviews and have a look at their website but is perhaps more important to speak to them directly. In doing so you will be able to gauge for yourself how professional they are, and you will find out whether you have the rapport to communicate efficiently.
At CAD-FM we pride ourselves on our customer-focused approach to product design. If you have a design project in mind we would love to speak to you to understand your product, your motivation and your plans so that we can help you to achieve the best quality product possible in the shortest time frame possible to ensure quality and help you to build and sustain the reputation of your business.
6 MAJOR FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHILE CHOOSING PRODUCT DESIGN SERVICES
FACTOR #1 FLEXIBILITY
Product design is a creative process and must be allowed to be flexible. Whichever company you choose should be able to assist you in identifying areas for development throughout the design process and coming up with solutions to problems you face.
Designers must be open-minded and able to solve problems through a combination of skill, knowledge and innovation.
The most efficient product designers are those who are experienced enough to have tried and tested many different aspects of design but are still willing to try new things and discover pioneering solutions.
FACTOR #2 CREATIVITY
There are two ways to establish how creative a design company is. The first is to check the website. This is your chance to view their portfolio and is a good first step to understanding how their designers approach projects.
If you see innovative design ideas that impress you or a unique take on a project that catches your eye, then this may be a company you want to work with. But viewing an online portfolio will not allow you to see the detail in the designs or the products or to touch them and feel the quality.
Nonetheless, it is recommended as a first step. If you see a portfolio you like, check their reviews. Happy customers will provide positive feedback and you will be able to get an understanding of the quality of the products from the comments that have been left.
The other way to test their creativity is to speak to them. When you discuss your idea, do they seem excited? Are they enthused by what you are trying to achieve? Do they understand the product and are they able to discuss the creative possibilities?
If the answer to these questions is yes, then you may just have found your perfect collaborative partner.
At CAD-FM we are passionate about design and committed to great customer service. We understand how much time, effort and money goes into just creating an idea that is even worth considering for manufacture and we want to make sure that if you have reached that stage, that we support through the rest of the process.
FACTOR #3 KNOWLEDGE OF THE BUSINESS
It goes without saying that industry knowledge is key to success. When you talk to the company about your design, they should be able to display knowledge of the various tools, programmes and equipment required to bring the idea to reality and they should demonstrate some level of experience of having completed similar jobs in the past.
You should come away from the conversation feeling that they are competent enough to turn what is currently your vision, into a tangible product.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
These are the people that are going to deliver your little baby and you need to be 100% confident in their ability to do so to the highest possible standards. Do they understand the latest advances in design technology?
Are they able to discuss past projects and assure you that they have seen and solved a variety of problems in numerous different ways? And most importantly, are they sincere? Do you feel you can trust them?
FACTOR #4 NUMBER OF REVISIONS
The nature of the design business is that revisions are needed throughout the process. It’s only through examining ideas, trying out new things and creating models and prototypes that everybody involved in the process gets to identify and rectify problems and issues.
Therefore, one of the questions you need to ask is how many revisions will be allowed, how will revisions be managed and at what point in the revision process will you incur additional costs?
Only when you have the answers to these questions will you be able to predict your estimated costs for this stage of the process.
At CAD FM we offer one round of free revisions and other revisions at a very nominal charge.
FACTOR #5 BUSINESS ETHICS
This is a crucial factor at all stages of any business transaction. You need to have trust in your collaborative partners and know a little about the organisation. What is the legal status of the company? Do they provide a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
These are some basic questions that you should ask the company. You might also evaluate their level of customer service, such as how quickly they respond to requests for contact and how they resolve any issues which may arise.
If you are looking for a product design company to work with a quick Google search will throw up more company names than you could realistically sift through.
At CAD-FM we pride ourselves on being the number one design agency for small and medium business that do not have their own in-house design teams and for clients who regularly need to outsource product design tasks. But don’t let the term ‘outsource’ convince you that what we do is detached from what you do.
We work with and for our clients with open communication and a shared vision.
We are an open and honest organisation committed to realizing your dream and assisting you at every step to ensure the final product is exceptional, saleable and affordable.
CAD FM is a high-end experienced design agency. For more information on any of our services or to discuss your new or upcoming project, please contact us and our we will be more than happy to talk through your plans, budget and timescales, and to offer advice on the best way to proceed.
If you decide that we are a good match for your company, we will pass your project on to one of our expert designers to begin evaluation and consultation process which is the first step to turning your design idea into a realized product.
STEP #01 Idea
There is no doubt that everything starts with an ontological category of being — an idea; all of the innovations, inventions and products started with mare an idea. When your thoughts arise in a reflexive, spontaneous manner, pondered thinking or serious reflection, they give birth to an innovation. We are experts in converting your raw ideas into functional products through our product design process. This accentuates to draw everything in your mind on a piece of paper.
STEP #02 Rough Sketch
Now you have your idea and you believe that this can revolutionise the world, you need to draw it on paper so that our engineers can understand it clearly. This sketch does not need to be an exact replication of your thoughts but a close approximation to help us take to the next step in product design. If you have any questions Contact Us! and we are happy to guide you through the whole process of the product development cycle. CAD FM eliminates the need of industrial sketches unless required for some stakeholder purposes.
STEP #03 Conceptual Design
Once we agree with you on your requirements and demands, we take your sketch and convert it into a conceptual design by producing 3D CAD models. This is where your idea starts taking engineering shape and investors start taking interest in it. After CAD FM transforms your idea close to reality and agree with you if it has represented your idea completely, CAD FM moves onto the engineering side which is to conduct design analysis/calculations.
STEP #04 Engineering Calculations
We design your products with the assurance of their performance, and that can only be achieved if the design is mechanically optimized using design calculations. Our Design Calculation Service is a simple and efficient process.
We realize that sometimes you may only require design calculations to confirm that an arrangement you have detailed is adequate and meets regulation requirements. Simply send us a copy of the drawings or proposals and we will assess the extent of the input required and provide you with a detailed fixed priced fee quotation.
By working with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, we not only help create the design calculations required but also ensure they work with all CAD systems so that any inputs that calculate the necessary part dimensions, link the result to your CAD model.
If your needs change – we can change your inputs; the resulting dimension is automatically recalculated, and your part updated in real-time.
Our Design Team is fully versed in all current regulations and utilize the most up to date software for design calculations.
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The design drawings and 3D CAD models are optimised and finalised.
STEP #05 3D Printing
Building a part in thousands of thin layers affords designers the opportunity to create highly complex geometries that are often impossible to mould, press or sculpt. This latest technology is growing rapidly, and we are excited to be able to bring to you an offering which supports your ability to prototype quickly, test small sections of your design or just get a view of a vision in a more tangible format in a cost-effective way.
3D printing gives greater flexibility and more opportunities when designing and manufacturing complex parts.
As durable as traditionally manufactured parts, this gives you the ability to use lighter materials and produce more complex, bespoke designs.
This level of flexibility allows you to enjoy an enhanced level of customization and enable you to quickly respond to market changes and make faster product improvements.
Whether you have used our services to create the initial designs or have ready-made drawings we can provide you with a final product for your onward journey.
We can provide one-off, individual parts, or small batches of complex parts and assemblies. 3D printed parts can also be used as part of a larger assembly that fits onto a traditionally manufactured fixture base.
We welcome inquiries from companies looking for innovative solutions, ways to re-engineer components or keen enthusiasts. 3D printing is a very complementary service to the traditional machining and cutting services and we are very happy to advise on which method we feel is most suited for your projects. Please give us a call.
STEP #06 Prototyping
Prototyping is integral to any manufacturing process and Computer Aided Design offer support throughout this phase to make sure that you have physical prototypes in hand quickly to allow you to modify designs during early product development. This allows you to reduce overall time to market with an iterative product development cycle. We will talk with engineers to discuss any design challenges and manufacturing questions that arise and validate the final iteration and can test the form and fit of components with small quantities of accurate 3D-printed and machined parts.
By completing the prototyping stage, you are able to create a minimum viable product that allows you to receive valuable feedback on the trajectory of a product from the people that will actually use it.
Prototypes are also sales tools and we can ensure that you have all of the data you need to be able to get buy-in from stakeholders and manufacturers alike guaranteeing a shared vision.
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STEP #07 Manufacturing Process Planning
At CAD FM we work meticulously with our customers to satisfy their specific product requirements from initial designs and specifications through to final manufacture, approvals and delivery.
Manufacturing process planning is a critical step because during this stage you identify, source and price the parts used. It provides you with a single, scalable and secure source of manufacturing data that supports the lifecycle of your product. We can help you determine where and how to manufacture and what it will cost you.
We work hard to find appropriate cost savings and/or shorter production time. This could be through procurement or resource planning. With a fully managed, single source of knowledge for products, processes and resources, you can increase innovation to improve profitability, time-to-market and quality.
Because CAD FM can assist you from the very start of the design process, our understanding of the requirements to go into manufacturing in detail and focus on your need and your vision.