Design Process / Pricing
I typically charge by the project. When you get in touch please provide as much detail about your project as possible, including any relevant research, images, sketches and a description. If you need me to sign an NDA please click here to download one. You can email this to me filled out and I can sign and return it so you can share information with protection.
Finally when working together I will need all your relevant contact info such as phone number, address, email. Please provide at least a good contact number in your initial email.
Read the information below to get some ideas of the process. However, keep in mind each project and approach is unique. Once I get a sense of what your project entails I can put together a detailed process for completion and quote that spells out each phase.
*SERVICES I OFFER:
– Product design and development services (Industrial Design).
– Digital 3D CAD Models provided with detailed 2D drawing documents.
– Concept Rendering Pages + VR Animations (360 viewing of your product for website, presentations and marketing).
– Wide range of file types for manufacturing communication in the US and Overseas (STEP, IGES, STL, DXF, DWG) and of course Solidworks Part and Assembly files (Native)
– 3D Printing Services (vendor based, not in house)
– Reverse Engineering
– Design for Machined Plastics, Injection Molding, Metals, Plastics ABS, Polyethylene (HDPE/LEPE, Polycarbonate (PC), polyamide (Nylon), High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS), Polypropylene / Rubber Molding, TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) Overmolding
– Photo Realistic Renderings to use for sales brochures, printed ads, marketing images, website, portfolio, Sell Sheets or to help visualize the final concept.
Product Design Development Process:
To give you an idea of what to expect from a project, below is a quick overview design process. Since every project is unique, the approach may differ based on your needs.
1. Project Scope
When you get in touch its important I know as specifically as possible what you are looking for. Is the project more about form factor, looking at a large number of concepts? Or is it more specific and function driven? What’s on the market you like and don’t like? What samples can we find to help us understand some of the obstacles we may encounter? These are all things we’ll try to identify prior to starting the project and they will help us define the scope and direction we take. This process will also be used the quote the project.
2. Creating Concepts:
Creating a round of concept pages is the first step once I have time to research and brain storm. Concept pages help us further define a direction and can vary from very rough to more streamlined ideas. We’ll take a look at the 1st round of concepts and examine what we like an don’t like about them. Once we have enough time to review we’ll take the positive points about the first round and develop a new concept based on what we liked. Then we review. This process can take awhile before we hit the mark depending on the project. Click here to see a typical concept page.
3. 3D Design and Modeling:
During the concept development phase the 3d modeling is kept pretty loose. Once we have a direction we like we’ll fine tune the digital 3d model. We might streamline the look or make a tweak here or there.
4. 3D Model Revisions:
Another review of the 3d model is made. We take tiny steps in order to avoid any unneeded back tracking. Any necessary changes to the digital 3D model will be addressed (i.e. features, criteria, functionality, aesthetics).
5. Finalizing the project:
Upon your approval of the digital 3D modeling, 2d tech engineering drawings will be created. These aid you and the factory when talking about the design and act as a point of reference along with the final concept page and other materials compiled in a packet known as product manufacturing information (PMI). Based on your specific project needs, I can create a custom package giving you the proper documentation for your product or invention. Options include photo realistic renderings, animations, and part/assembly 2d engineering drawings.
Assistance with prototyping or fabrication can be arranged by exploring the various prototyping options and determine which is best for your product type and results you want to achieve.