The building of concept models, Proof-of-Principle (POP) models, working prototypes and the construction of the odd development rig is and always will be an intrinsic part of the development process. We therefore have always had an established group of manufacturers from whom we procure bespoke made parts such as precision machined components and sheet-metal fabrications. The
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”.
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?
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
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?