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.

March 3, 2015

How long will the design phase take?

The length of time required to design a product is dependent on a few factors. I have had a few people come to me with ideas that are simply that, ideas or thoughts. Other times, I have had people come to me with sketches and prototypes. How far have you developed your ideas? If you do your homework and develop the idea yourself so it can later be transitioned to someone else, it will reduce the time required to design the final product. Essentially, you come up with the concept and how you feel it should look and perform. Then, […]
March 3, 2015

Brainstorming Hurts My Head

You want to come up with a new product but you have no idea where to start. Sound familiar? Brainstorming is the quickest and most efficient way to generate new, innovative and creative ideas. What is Brainstorming? Brainstorming is the process in which a group of individuals sit down together and share ideas on a specific issue or topic. Then, the group makes the determination of which ideas are best. With each brainstorming session, it is good practice to appoint a group facilitator whose purpose is to encourage and guide ideas as well as to document them. Ensure that the […]
March 3, 2015

7 Steps to Product Development

Developing and introducing a new product to the market can be scary, risky, demanding and can take you months, even years if not done correctly. So you have come up with a brilliant idea but have no idea how to get this to market. I have listed a few steps that will spread some light on the path you are about to follow. Don’t let it overwhelm you, in the right management hands this process can be quicker and cheaper than you think. Here are 7 steps to Product Development to ensure your success: Step 1 – Market Research Out […]
March 3, 2015

Why Do I Need a Design for My Invention?

The answer is pretty simple, really. You need a design because you cannot progress further with just the idea in order to bring the invention to production, to life. Designs are created to illustrate how your product will function in the market. Designs also help the inventor get a better idea of how it will eventually look upon completion. On the same note, the design also opens the opportunity to analyse the product and make the necessary changes to better enhance the invention before the final steps of production. The most important part of the design is actually being able […]
March 3, 2015

Don’t Change Your Design Halfway

A designer’s worst nightmare is to work with an inventor who does not know what he or she truly wants, resulting in continual change requests that can be both minor and major. This typically means that there are an endless amount of changes in the design process, making it less worthwhile for the designer in the long run. This also means that the design process becomes a costly expenditure as you end up paying for more hours spent designing and redesigning your invention. When you employ the services of a designer, they will usually inform you of a certain number […]
February 15, 2015

Can you modify your Tools

YES – Within reason You can pretty much do anything to your tools within reason. Because your tools are specifically made from metal, to apply any further or additional changes would most likely occur in the form of machining or, through a combination of both welding and machining. When your designer initially designs the parts, he should have, in the back of his mind, already considered (or perhaps communicated) the potential areas of concern as well as any additional areas that might require further modification. These modifications or areas of concern can include areas where potential wearing of the tool […]
January 15, 2015

Fitting in with the Behaviour of Consumers

Despite the fact that you believe that your invention is the greatest on the planet, not everyone is going to be interested in its use. Unfortunately, this is simply the reality and is often a common problem with many inventors as most believe everyone will pay top dollar for their product. Inventors are often so taken aback and excited about their inventions that they often fail to look at the bigger picture. While the product is outstanding in terms of form, fit and function, this matters very little if no one is willing to buy or use it. Therefore, inventions […]
January 15, 2015

Reverse Engineering Another Product

The process of reverse engineering occurs when an existing product is copied in terms of its design and overall elements in order to analyze its form, fit and function. People often reverse engineer other products to better understand how a product is made and how it works once in the hands of consumers. By studying the existing product, inventors are often able to construct a new device based on their own ideas and analysis without directly copying anything from the original product. During the reverse engineering process, it is extremely important to analyze and study the part without copying or […]
January 15, 2015

What is a Mechanical Designer?

Mechanical designers typically use CAD software to generate designs that are either in 2D or 3D form. By both definition and job description, mechanical designers work to design machines and products using the latest technologies available. These skilled designers often combine extensive knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering and drafting to develop products for manufacturing. Because of their vast knowledge and expertise, mechanical designers are often involved throughout the manufacturing process from the beginning stages of creative sketches through product testing and finalization. Essentially, a mechanical designer draws the blueprints for his or her client’s product. Typically, with their incredible […]
December 25, 2014

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 […]