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Pitfalls in quoting design projects (and how to avoid them)

quoting design projects

The internet is like an infinite universe when it comes to marketing out-reach.  Enquiries can (and do!) come from anyone and in relation to any type of product or technology.  As professional mechanical engineers we like to think we can apply our core skills to overcome most technical issues, but the challenge is achieving that within a satisfactory time & budget. The real issue is that of the “unknowns”.


Costing something that does not exist

costing to design

What prospective clients need to know before they engage is how much their product will cost to develop, how long it will take and how much it will cost to make.
But how do we determine this if the product does not exist?


Outsourcing design work – how to get more “bang” for your buck

Outsourcing design work

When it comes to outsourcing design work, we have found over the years that our clients often fall into one of two categories: i) small companies that are at the beginning of their product development journey and have little or no in-house expertise in the mechanical field or… ii) large companies who already have a

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Why is Cost Reduction even a “thing” if we make every effort to get the design right?

Why do we need Cost Reduction?

With 75% of of the cost of a product being locked-in by the designers it is critical that the design (and specifically the concept) is as right as it can be from the off. Why then is Cost Reduction even a thing then if we make every effort to get the design right?


Why Rapid Prototyping is so much more than Additive Manufacturing

Prototype HMI bezel machined in ABS and chromed

Rapid Prototyping is so much more than Additive Manufacturing. There is now no need to wait 4-5 weeks for machined parts – there are now companies who will routinely machine parts in 7-10 or even 2-3 days depending on your budget.


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