Design engineering is the process by which conceptualized ideas for products and services become a reality. Through the use of computer aided design (CAD) services, professional design engineers help innovators and business owners conceptualize and create useful, operational, and marketable products.
At The Hendey Group, our Design and Engineering Services team assists with industrial design services, technical drawing services, engineering, prototyping, 3D modeling, and product development to help you bring a high quality product to market.
Prototyping is a design engineering process that uses computerized 3D modeling and sometimes physical product samples to create a working version of your design. Rather than going straight from design to full production, prototyping allows you to test your concept for functionality and usefulness.
Two types of prototypes are used in design services: computerized 3D modeling and physical prototypes. 3D modeling allows you to see your design in full, run computerized diagnostics and testing, and make any adjustments in real time without any material costs. Physical prototyping creates a physical version of the product, which can be operated as intended, allowing you to run tests and diagnostics. However, physical prototypes are more expensive and time-consuming, as you must pay for the materials and manufacturing costs. In addition, any adjustments to the design require additional time, material, and fabrication costs.
We provide Industrial Design, Illustrations, and Engineering Drawings, essential to communicating your ideas.
By using multiple techniques, we can quickly fabricate a scale model quickly mocking up the future state of ideas.
Engineering concerned with the understanding of applications and procedures in manufacturing processes and production methods.
Designing products used by people around the world every day, focusing not only on the appearance of a product, but also on how it functions, it is manufactured, and the experience it provides for users.
Project Management provides the skills to initiate, plan, execute, control and close the work of your team to achieve your goals and meet your success criteria.
The Development Team at The Hendey Group will help you view your project from multiple angles and ask questions you haven’t considered before. We can help ask and find answers to many unknowns including the following.
We encourage our customers to view the project from a functional perspective, and determine whether the design concept you have in mind will solve the problem for which it was created.
When you are looking to solve a problem encountered by others in your industry, there is always the possibility that someone has created the same design before. Thoroughly research current products and patents in your industry and adjacent industries to ensure you aren’t duplicating a previous creation.
Consider the cost-benefit ratio of your product. If you are using expensive materials or labor-intensive manufacturing processes, you may find that the product costs more than you will make from it. Take some time to research the potential market value of your idea by determining the amount people will be willing to pay for the product, how many customers you can rely on to purchase the product, and the frequency of purchases. All of this will help you figure out whether your product will turn a profit.
Although you may be in love with your design concept, products must often be tweaked or redesigned to perform as desired. Explain which parts of your concept must remain to aid the design engineers in helping you create a working product that meets your expectations and the application requirements. To ascertain which features you should prioritize, market testing with a high-fidelity prototype or focus groups will give you valuable insight into the needs and wants of your target demographic.
As previously mentioned, duplicate ideas and designs are common. For this reason, it is important to protect your original ideas and designs from duplication by other inventors. Make sure to contact a patent attorney to determine whether your concept should be patented.
Although it can be tempting to leap into the design phase, it is equally important to consider who will manufacture the product once you’ve completed your design, prototyping, and testing phases. The manufacturer, methods, and materials all affect the viability and profitability of your final product.
Whether you are an individual, small company, or large corporation, you want to ensure you have the support and funding you need to see your project through to completion. As any business owner knows, you have to spend money to make money, and a new product design is no exception. Work out a step-by-step plan and budget for the design, testing, production, and introduction of your product to keep investors and finance departments up-to-date and comfortable with your project.