Product design means a lot more than what the name implies. Designing a new idea or invention is not merely about it’s physical form; it involves problem solving to improve the quality of a new or existing product and enhance the end user experience.
Product Design Meaning
Product designers are not just the individuals who make your product presentable; they help you identify, examine, and validate the problem your product addresses, then craft, design, test, and deliver the solution.
Product Design Process
This process consists of designing new or breathing life into existing ideas. Depending on your invention or idea, the process can be different. In the points below, we outline the many possible steps an invention may require before it can become a marketable product:
Research: We gather information about your product idea and the problem it solves. Through brainstorming, focus groups, market research, creative concepts, experimentation, and evaluation we design your idea and make it into reality.
Computer-Aided Design and Mechanical Design: The product design team is involved throughout the entire process to ensure your concepts are possible in both their function and manufacturability. We use sophisticated software to create highly accurate models and assembly parts that can be used for testing the integrity of the product.
Product Design Guidelines
In some cases, inventors have unrealistic expectations about the product design process, so here are a few tips to help you understand what can happen.
- What you see on paper doesn’t always work in the real world, so expect slight variations from what is in the sketches.
- Once your product is 3D printed and takes physical form, there may need to be slight changes carried out, once, twice, or more. As part of this process, our team has to make changes and 3D print your model again to make sure you are satisfied. Once the 3D model is ready, it may not mean it is ready to be manufactured. We may still encounter unforeseen challenges.
- When you are ready for manufacturing, the team has to go back to their CAD drawings and make a production intent design that is manufacturable. At this point they look into details like wall thickness, drafts, steel safe conditions, tolerances, and material selection. The level of detail will be reflected in the moulds that will generate each of the parts of your idea. Because this is the most crucial part of making your idea come to life, this phase takes a lot of time.
Spark’s designers visualize the needs of the user and work on all stages of the product design process from research and initial concepts to manufacturing, until it becomes a tangible product. We tailor every solution to the individual client. If you require concept development only, full product design, turnkey production, licensing, or marketing support, we can help.