5 Major Steps of New Product Design Process

Product design is one of the most critical work for a new product development. It directly or indirectly affect customer’s satisfication and marketing acceptance. This process is also a key successful elements for investors to transfer their idea into profitable business. Therefore we would like to share some useful experience on the major steps as below

1.       Idea & concept generation:

Product idea means how a product functions and what problem the problem would solve. Before a product idea is created, you should deeply identify the end users’ problem that how they will want the product to be. For example, GPS locator, auto diagnostic scanners, car recorders… these products existed from original demands of problem solving. However for a startup or small companies, they should find some unique, integrated, and valuable product concept that will definitely win marketability in future.

2.      Feasibility Study:

Whatever how perfect your product idea might be, there is always a necessary to verify your product concept and market acceptance. That is also being said, you have to check if your product is achievable, and if your product acceptable by the users. There are lots of different way to test them, however the easiest way is to make some engineering building(prototypes), and show these samples to your customers first, instead of manufacturing it without customer testing. Most of time, some of product concept can be smoothly moved forwarded to market. But if you don’t perform a feasibility study, it’s also easy to fail.

3.      CAD Design:

Once you finalize your product concept by validation, you should make detail CAD design to make everything clear. A CAD design also stands for mechanical design in structural. You must prepare 3D model and 2D drawing that will define product structure, material, color, tolerance, and other manufacturing properties. CAD files are also an original material that will be used to communicate with any one who might involved in the products, like product designer, manufacturers, investors, QC, and buyers.

 

4.      Pilot Runs and Testing:

After CAD design and prototyping are completed, it’s time to prepare some pilot runs that tests the manufacturing system, as well marketing. It will greatly reduce or avoid unnecessary modification when mass production. In this way, you will save time and cost for your project. Otherwise you might take high risk on your products. During the pilot run process, you must record all of product imperfections, defects, and potential failure risks that existed or would happen in future. A successful pilot runs will solve 90% product issues before mass production. Needless to say, how important it will be.

 

5. Mass Production:

If everything is finalized and ready to manufacture your products in large scale. You should plan for a mass production. Normally a production leader will organize workers, material, facility, tools to kick off a pre-ordered production. A mass production is a serious work, it should always produce quality product with low cost and most efficient way.

 

How to find a good product development company?

In today’s competitive market, it’s necessary to develop a unique and valuable products. It will benefit for both consumer and business runner. However it’s not easy to find a suitable product design and development company. As we know, in European and US countries, there are lots of product design company, but few of them has one stop product development and manufacturing capabilities. Then more and more people think of finding their product development partners in Asian countries, like China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Here we would like to share some experience how to find a good product design and development company.

Find potential product design and manufacturing company on internet or industry fair

There are lots of different level of product development companies all round the worlds. You can find it locally or outside your countries. For most of people, finding a partner on internet is a quick and efficient way. Normally you might search by Google, Yahoo, or Alibaba…certainly we can also find some product development companies from industry fair. And just talk with them face-to-face. And collect some contract information from them.

 

Get a supplier questionnaire and visit them in person.

When you got contract information from your potential partners. You can have a business questionnaire to know more about them, like business history, number of employee, reference customers, capabilities, etc. perhaps some of them will provide real information, however some of them might not be. So it’s time for your to recognize their identities. And try to avoid to work with any brokers or trading companies. You can verify those questionnaire by many means, but visiting few of them will be most reliable solution.

 

Verify their capabilities.

At very beginning of a project consultation, many companies declared they would do better than other competitors because they wanted to get the business. Therefore you need to verify their real capabilities. When you visit a potential product development partner, you should deeply talked to their product design engineers and check out if they have rich experience or reference cases that prove their experience and process are reliable, for a standard product design and development company, they must have strong team in mechanical and electronic design and manufacturing, as it’s very essential technology to develop a new product.

 

Have a formal contract with them

After your reviewed all of the potential partners. You should have choosed one of them to start your project, but we will strongly recommend you to have a business contract with your supplier. And get clear definition on your project information, price, lead-time, and payment terms. So you will have a written document to follow, otherwise you might get trouble when you cooperate with your product development companies.

 

All in one words, you should consider everything clearly and get your project moved forward step by step. Once you still have some problem on a project development, you are welcome to contact us for help.

How to Get Your Products Manufactured?

To develop unique and valuable products becomes more and more important in the current business environment, many startups as well as big companies has realized it and continues to bring newer products to the market yearly. However, it’s not easy to find a reliable and cost effective manufacturer. Because the manufacturing cost arises continuously in many countries, especially in USA and Europe. This is why more and more business men look for their contract manufacturers in Asia countries, like China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. Since it’s outsourcing outside countries, you should have some tips to operate it with effectively and safely. Here below we would like to share some useful skills on how to achieve it.

product manufacturing workshopPrepare your product specification

You might design your products around your place because of intellectual property concern, however it must transfer some information to your manufacturer while manufacturing process. We suggest you convert your 3D drawing into stp format that is not easy for modifying. And get the 2D drawing in PDF file, these two critical design document are enough for quotation use. If you don’t have them or just a sketch or reference sample, you can let find some design company to create drawings for manufacturing use.

Get quotation from your manufacturer

After your design is completed, you can look for some manufacturers to quote you. Normally if you don’t have a supplier, you can search it by Google, or some trading platform like Alibaba, made-in-China, Globle Resource, etc. Then collect some supplier contact information and send them your request, like estimated order quantity, component material, as well as your design drawing in step format. After couples of days, those potential supplier would send you quotation in details.

NDA for IP protection

NDA is a most common written document that used to restrict your information will not be revealed for any type of means between the product owner and the third party. It could be adapted for product design and development company, marketing company, as well as product manufacturing companies. You should not start with them before NDA is signed. Since NDA can protect your right in raw.

Choose a right manufacturing supplier

You can evaluate all of offers that your potential supplier send you. Perform a systematic by looking into their factory size, number of experience in the industry you source, reference customers, reference samples, and manufacturing capability. If possible, you should visit their facility in person so as to ensure you are not dealing with a broker. After your evaluation, you can finalize your idea supplier to manufacture your products, and kick off your cooperation formally.

Sampling and pilot run

Before you start a mass production, you should always request a sample making to verify your supplier will understand your demands and make the right products you needed. If a handwork product, you can directly require samples, if a molded products, you might have to require for prototypes by SLA or CNC.

Once the sample or prototypes are confirmed by you, it’s time to start with preparation of pilot run, get some trouble collection and troubleshooting solution during this stage. This is a useful way to identify any imperfection that exists your product, and improve it before mass production.

After you learnt our shares above, you should have some basic knowledge how to get your product manufactured. If you still have some query or question, please just contact Innopd team to help you.

 

 

 

 

Mechanical Design for Product Development

Mechanical design is an essential process throughout a product development. It is also one of the most important process of a product. Normally it includes design for ergonomics, aesthetics, manufacturing and patent if needed. This technology is widely used to obtain new product, as well as product development. Here below we would like share our experience on mechanical design, hope it will be helpful for any readers.

 

Concept and Functionality Design

Any of product is designed to render a special function and solve a certain of problem that the end users might have. Therefore, as a product designer, you should always have a clear idea on how the product will function, what way the end users might operate it. Then we should make a creative and cost-effective product solution that will be moving forward to product development process.

 

Structure Design

Structure design means an overall product layout of components and accessories. A reasonable structure design not only just arranges parts location and match, but also consider for aesthetics, moulding process, as well as assembly process. Meanwhile, you have to consider material, appearance, and cost. So whatever how perfect your original design might, there will always a necessary to optimize it in the later stage of a product design.

 

Prototype Validation

After concept design and CAD design finished, we must make some prototypes to validate the feasibility and manufacturingbility of our design. Since a real model can check out our product function, assembly, fitting, and tolerance. Prototyping is widely used for any type of engineering design and manufacturing process. Normally we need at least 1~3 times of prototyping before we can finalize our design and move it to manufacturing stage. On the other hand, prototypes can also be used for patent application and customer review.

Design for moulding and Assembly

Few of product designer realizes the importance of design towards injection molding and assembly process. And make lots of mold modification and engineering tweaking after molded products. For example, we should consider for draft angle, parting line, injection gator, and assembly process. These details might affect your product appearance and cost. Thus we must pay more attention to these process.

Pilot Run and improvement  

When all of components are manufactured according to our design, it’s time to prepare a pilot run to verify our process and facility, however it’s also a good opportunity to identify any unseeing issues and potential defects that exists on our product. At this stage, an experienced product design should operate in person to assemble the pilot run, and find out imperfections. Finally make some adjustment to optimize our products. In this way, we can develop a fantastic product as we needed.

The above mentioned is our product design experience for a new product, if you have any query or doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us for help. Innopd team will be always be here for you.

7 Steps of New Product Development

Image of New Product Development ProcessNew product development is a combination of engineering and marketing that converts idea to customers. It requires a full understanding of marketing, customer needs, competitions, product design and manufacturing. During the product development process, there are lots of uncertainties and challenges to overcome. If you are a startup, entrepreneur, or a matured company, you must know how a new product is developed.

Here below we would like to share an overall structure of new product development process that might guide you from an innovative idea through commercialization to achieve your goals.

Come up with an idea

Any of new product is initially started from an good idea that resolve a certain problem or create special value for customers. If you are striving to develop a new product, you should always observe the social problem, and work out a solution to help your clients by means of a new product. We know it is not easy to have an innovative and attractive product idea, but there is always a way if you really want it.

Marketing Research

When you have a good product idea, you should perform a deep marketing investigation that get simulation data from your potential customers, as well as good understanding your competitors. Since this investigation will be quite useful for your marketing and product strategies. At this stage, all of customer’s demand, interest, proposals should be collected and concreted into your products. Meanwhile you should realize and understand why your product will be needed existed in the market.

Feasibility Analysis of Your Product

While your product idea seems available for market, it’s time to analyze the feasibility of your product. Normally people would choose to prepare a prototype to show to their investor, customers, or marketing show. Since the prototype can be easily validated for the product functionality, appearance, and overall feelings, which really reflects market acceptance of the product.

Product Design

Product design is one of the most important stage of product development process, as any of good product come from a good product design. Therefore we should focus on it and develop a much better products than any others in the market, which will become your company’s advantage and heritage in future.

It’s not easy to design a good product, it will take lots of engineering people and energy towards it. The most effective way of designing a good product is to learn from your competitors’ products, and absorb their advantages to combine it to yours, In this way, your products will be the most attractive and competitive one in the market.

Engineering and Production

After the product design is completed, all of product prospective and specification are defined, it would be transferred to production. However, between the product design and production, we must take serious engineering process to make the design into manufacturing. Whatever how perfect your design might be, there is always a necessary to engineer and optimize for a real product. Otherwise you might loose lots of money for future’s engineering modification or improvement. Needless to say, it’s the most important stage for our product development.

Launch to Market

Launching the product to market involves in marketing deployment, sales channels determination, and advertising strategies, which enable your product will have good marketing acceptance and sales performances. On the other hand, it’s a good opportunity to listen to customer voice and collect customer’s feedback regarding your product, since those customer comments would be valuable to improve your product in future.

Continuous Product Development

Since our product is to solve customer’s problem and satisfy customers. We should take a long term plan to improve our product prosperity, Instant feedback from customers is helpful to for us to make appropriate improvement for the product, so that we can be able to continuously meet and exceed customer’s expectation.