Developing the form and function of a product, whilst considering the need to mass produce the item consistently in volume.
Developing the function and form of the product by exploring the connection between product, user, and environment. There will be focus on the mechanical and other functional aspects of the product, assuring functionality and manufacturability. Ideally, this is done in conjunction with marketing insights or focus groups to further identify and fulfil customer needs and expectations.
D2M’s process involves the end consumer and also buyers from key retailers. helping to ensure that your product will be commercially successful.
The overall styling direction of the product is a key part of this stage, along with material selection for key touch points, design for excellent ergonomics and detailed development to ensure a beautiful aesthetic design.
Although we attempt to split the development up into separate parts, industrial design runs throughout most of the project. The bulk of the ergonomic and user focused development work happens once the concept stages are complete and before final prototyping. D2M’s team of highly experienced, senior designers ensure that the inevitable challenges that this process brings are tackled effectively and transparently. You are in control throughout the process.
Read more below about how Computer Aided Design forms a key part in Industrial Design.
Using industry standard CAD software, your idea will be developed in 3D . The resulting model can be viewed from all angles for review and potential iterative improvement.
What it will do for you? – Develop your concept into a virtual model that is viable to produce, appealing to users and ready for prototyping.
The CAD model can be manipulated so that mechanisms can be simulated, component clashes found and designs optimised before prototyping. Different materials and finishes can be simulated through rendering to give a photorealistic image of how the product is likely to look in production.
One of the Benefits of CAD is to Draw to Scale. The advantages of CAD include: the ability to produce very accurate designs; drawings can be created in 2D or 3D and rotated; other computer programmes can be linked to the design software.
This means that, once the CAD model is built, it can be used for multiple other key elements of the development process including: patent drawings; photorealistic rendering; 3D printing machines for making prototype parts and later, the model can be used for the design of production tooling.
Once complete, prototyping is the next step in bringing your idea to life.