How long does it take?
Designing a physical product is typically broken down into manageable stages: Discovery, Concept Generation, Concept Refinement, and Manufacturing Preparation. Timeframes can range from 4 hours to create a CAD file for 3D printing, to 100+ hours for a full concept generation and functional prototype creation.
Capacity is constantly changing so get in touch if you would like a better picture of the turnaround for your project.
How much does it cost?
Because of the variable nature of product development, it is best to get in touch and ask for an estimate. In general, the early stages of a project to create concepts prototypes are relatively affordable – in the region of $2,000 – $5,000 (NZD). Once a prototype has been proven and the direction is confirmed, then we can create a comprehensive quote for detailed design and DFM (Design For Manufacturing) stages and tooling/production costs.
Can you 3D print a prototype?
Most projects require rapid prototyping and I work closely with CNC, laser cutting, 3d print, vacuum casting, and sheet metal suppliers to create great prototypes at great prices. I have close relationships with some of the best providers in New Zealand, as well as multiple offshore manufacturers in China. In some instances these prototyping methods (particularly MJF or vacuum casting) are more cost effective than injection moulding for small production runs.
Is Product Design Engineering the same as Industrial Design?
Product Design Engineering focuses on the functional aspects and the manufacturability of a product, using engineering principles. Industrial Design focuses on the aesthetic, ergonomic, and user-oriented aspects of the product.
With formal training in engineering and consulting experience as a designer, I offer a blend of the two disciplines. Creating user-focused designs that are inherently easy to manufacture.
What software do you use?
Fusion 360 and Rhino are my preferred software packages for 3D design. Also comfortable working in other packages including Gravity Sketch, Solidworks, Grasshopper, Keyshot, Blender, etc.
Files are usually shared in STEP /STL for prototyping purposes, Fusion 360's online 3D viewer / USDZ for AR (Augmented Reality) review of the 3D model, or Jpeg / Mp4 digital renders for stakeholder reviews and marketing purposes.