The answer is a resounding YES! Even if it’s a small, one-part product that you know will work, a prototype has to be made. Often times our own mental perception of how objects function in 3 dimensions is far from reality. Our engineers and designers are experts at designing for prototypes and we offer five distinct levels of prototypes.
**WE ONLY PROTOTYPE OUR OWN ENGINEERING WORK. WE DO NOT PROTOTYPE PRE-EXISTING DESIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT ALREADY HAVE**
One of our most popular services is our DFM service for both new or existing product designs. Products that are currently in use or new products that are ready to be marketed, must be designed with manufacturing costs in mind. In most cases, these products are designed to perform specific functions and may perform quite well, but the cost to product these products may drive a market price that is too high, making the product noncompetitive in the marketplace.
DFA consist of a review of a current design, with an eye for features and elements of the design that can be improved in order to minimize or eliminate the touch labor. In some extreme cases, the design may be difficult to assemble regardless of the time involved. For example, bolt holes that are hard to line up to install the bolt. Much like DFM, DFA is essential to minimize the costs of a production assembly. We’ll analyze your new or existing product and optimize it for the assembly process.
We have relationships with manufacturers overseas and here at home that can provide low-volume manufacturing services of a wide variety of processes. In addition to this we can help optimize your product for assembly and production to minimize costs and maximize efficiency especially in high-volume runs. Our engineers all have decades of experience bringing products to market and are familiar with the ins-and-outs.