Our 4 - Step Engineering Design Processour process

Delivering you practical commercial and innovative engineering design for manufacture is at the very core of what we do. We have the expertise to deliver often very complex solutions within simple designs. This can only be achieved by working closely with you at each stage of our proven design process to ensure success.

Below is a basic breakdown of our design process. Upon a clear understanding of your project, we develop a step-by-step proposal for you review. We can provide support during a single phase of development, or for the duration of your project. These general stages can vary, dependant on your project needs and/or product type.

Define / Exploration

On the right path to achieve success.

This is very important part of the project, investing time at this stage pays dividends later. You will tell us your needs, requirements, what you want to achieve and when. We then put all our expertise and knowledge into helping you define how we can achieve your goals. We understand the importance of a good project definition and planning. So we guarantee that we’ll put all our passion and experience into ensuring we are all on the right path to achieve success.

We conduct preliminary research to better understand the current market, potential competitive products, potential IP opportunities and identify any relevant technologies or materials that may be relevant to your project. Based on the design brief, we generate a wide range of design concepts using sketches, preliminary 3D CAD and models. From here we identify the best concept, taking in to considerations such as budget, market research and testing feedback.

Design / Development

Researching and generating concepts and designs

With the project plan and specifications already defined, we’ll apply all our knowledge and expertise in doing what we are passionate about, turning your challenges into innovative and practical solutions.

We will research and generate concepts and preliminary designs through our “team design sessions”.

These concepts and ideas will be thoroughly evaluated and critiqued by the team identifying and developing improvements and the assessment of concepts versus cost and manufacturability.

Building on the most promising concept(s), we continue to develop a more detailed embodiment of the select design(s) in 3D CAD, applying appropriate mechanical/electrical engineering, ergonomics, material specification(s), relevant standards or regulatory considerations, cost targets and intended manufacturing methods etc. Further prototyping is often critical at this stage, allowing us to test, evaluate and validate the design intent through mechanical testing and user and market feedback. This stage also allows us a clearer understanding of likely production costs, to seek possible IP, ensure relevant certifications can be met and help build a clearer business model. Branding, product information and packaging considerations would also be incorporated into this stage of development

Deliver / Refinement

Finalising the detailed design.

This next stage is all down to us, with the design agreed and signed-off we’ll start finalising the detailed design such us fasteners, finishes, quality assurance and checking to bring everything together, ready for delivering it to you.

We know every project is different and so are its requirements, the final outputs could be anything from simple 3D models to complete components or fully installed machines.

Design refinement is typically where much of the final efforts into design and engineering detailing, product performance and manufacturing specifications are met (often led by the results of the previous phase prototyping and testing). Final prototypes are again encouraged for validation testing prior to production commitment.  This refinement stage also allows for accurate costings with manufacturing specifications confirmed and any standards or regulatory requirements validated/approved. All branding and packaging documentation would also be completed.

Refine / Finalisation

Continuously develop and improve.

Promoting continuous development is one of our core values.

Project reviews are crucial as they help everyone understand what aspects of the project went well and if any improvements can be made to provide every client an even better service.

Upon completion of validation testing, all design, material and manufacturing documentation would be completed and reviewed with intended manufacturer. Quality Control Procedures would also be addressed and production expectations and timelines confirmed.