This chart shows the major steps of the Product Development Cycle.
The name and exact definition for each step may differ slightly by industry segment but most will agree with the divisions and flow of information that must take place during each step.
Listed below are the services provided by the Design Network.
The numbered bullets shown on the chart correspond with these numbered services. Services which support each step of the development cycle. Understanding the process allows us to tailor the deliverable to reduce time and cost.
|1||Ideation sessions||Facilitate creative brainstorming to unlock fresh approaches to your products or problem.|
|2||Concept sketches||Clear visualization of your innovation will stimulate ideas from a wider audience.|
|3||Computer rendering||Convincing images allow early input from key customers and confirm your intentions.|
|4||Graphic design||Consistent appearance tells customers it is your product.|
|5||Ergonomic evaluation||Understanding human measurements will make your product fit customers like a glove.|
|6||3-D concept/sketch models||Prototypes flush out problems early and spark innovation.|
|7||Materials selection||Price and performance can be obtained without sacrificing quality.|
|8||Process selection||Process is critical to continuous product improvement.|
|9||Computer aided design (CAD)||Create a database that can be reproduced in the desired process to reflect your products design intent.|
|10||Finite element analysis (FEA)||Optimizing the product’s structural design to reduce failures during the product’s life.|
|11||Part drawing generation||Thorough documentation so you know what you get will be what you want.|