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“Napkin Realization” – This is where your concepts begin to come alive.  

This page discusses the design journey of your concept in four sections:

  • Design Objective:                                              Back to the Menu

    Design is a step by step process of problem solving – taking your concept and developing it into a product or operation with the intent of communicating it with others.  Development – as the end product of design – may in the least, take the form of a description and/or sketches.  It could also then move on to include various visuals (images and videos), prototypes and eventually – all the way up to a maufacturable product!

    Expectations and Outcomes:                                Back to the Menu

    • Services desired as discussed below
    • For each Design Step we define the following:
      • What – what we need to move forward
      • Product – what is the product that we will be producing for that step
      • Cost – an estimate on costs for our time and materials
    • Confidentiality – Everything is confidential – both ways – NDAs can be signed if necessary
    • All models and peripherals belong to the client – we keep copies but copies may be requested by the client also

    Typical Steps in Design:                                                                                 Back to the Menu

    There are many steps to designing and developing a concept – which may take from as little as an hour to potentially weeks depending on how much development is desired.  A client can stop at any one of these steps – at any time.  The following is a list describing the potential steps in design – and each step can be repeated as many times as desired as the project moves forward.  To start – we will take your sketch (images, descriptions and other materials) and create a virtual model in the form of part(s), assemblies and engineering drawings using a leading 3D design program named SolidWorks.  As our client – our outcome or product to you may include:

    1. 3D model development or modification – from simple to the complex (starting at $100) followed by:
      1. Visuals:
        1. Simple model images (starting at $100)
        2. More complex photo realistic images with rendered backgrounds, materials and lighting (this may take a few hours)
        3. Videos of concept (this may take a few hours)
          1. simple or more complex 3D models of parts
          2. assemblies in motion or exploded views
          3. tours of your concept with background music – text – or narration
      2. Engineering Drawing(s): to communicate your intent to potential fabricators (this may take a few hours on top of model development)
      3. Prototypes – 3D prints to small shop models or a combination of both
        1. Looks like Prototype – a non-functioning, perhaps scaled down, attractive physical model that can be used for demonstration
        2. Works like Prototype – functioning physical model, making certain it fits and works b
        3. efore moving on – if not back up to step 1 then come back
        4. Manufacturable Prototype – manufactured part samples, as a near final step toward production and product introduction (we may or may not be involved in this step depending on client wishes)
    2. Patents – Intellectual Property (IP) – Drawings – Protect your concept. We can work with your IP professionals and produce patent drawings from your existing 3D model.  However we are not patent professionals and will not be involved in IP details, however we may provide some guidance on people that have helped us in the past.  PIP may include: * Provisional * Utility * Design * Copyrights * Trademarks
    3. Manufacturing – Marketing – Distribution – We are not manufactures and usually rely on partners and licensing agreements with companies that that are well versed in these areas. Besides it more fun developing products than product management – let those that are good at this, do this.  There are companies that may help you take your product to market – but the more development you can do for them, the more likely you’ll attract some interest from these companies.  At the very least you’ll need step 1 and a description on the benefits that your concept may offer.  Some of these firms offer similar services – but we offer that personal and committed touch.  Firms that may help here include: * invent Right * InventHelp * Edison Nation * Quirky
    4. Product or concept introduction or rollout!!! More on this soon.

Various Types of Model Images

Once a virtual model is created in 3D it needs to be displayed or demonstrated somehow, or used in client communication demonstrating progress on a project.  Images created through screen shots or a virtual rendering are good places to start.  The nearby slides demonstrate the different types of images that may be created from your virtual model.

Simple Model Images

The nearby slides show some quick and simple renderings of a 3D virtual model of an assembly named the Sarrus Mechanism showing various visual styles that you can choose from involving a variety of display techniques and backgrounds.  These visually attractive photo real images is one of our products to you and are typically used for concept demonstration.  There are thousands of combinations of styles that can be incorporated onto your virtual model – find some that you like and we can include them.  Simple model image slides on the right.

More Complex Photo Realistic Images

3D model development or modification / Visuals / More complex photo real images with rendered backgrounds, materials and lighting. (Slide Show on the right)

Videos of Concept

3D model development or modification / Visuals / Videos of concept, simple or more complex 3D models of parts, assemblies in motion or exploded views, tours of your concept with background music – text – or narration. (Slide Show on the right)

Engineering Drawing(s)

3D model development or modification / Engineering Drawing(s): to communicate your intent to potential fabricators. (Slide Show on the right)

Looks like Prototype

3D model development or modification / Prototypes / Looks like Prototype – a non-functioning, perhaps scaled down, attractive physical model that can be used for demonstration. (Slide Show on the right)

Works like Prototype

3D model development or modification / Prototypes / Works like Prototype – functioning physical model, making certain it fits and works before moving on – if not back up to step 1 then come back. (Slide Show on the right)

Manufacturable Prototype

3D model development or modification / Prototypes / Manufacturable Prototype – manufactured part samples, as a near final step toward production and product introduction (we may or may not be involved in this step depending on client wishes)

Patents – Intellectual Property (IP) Drawings

 Protect your concept (we are not patent professionals and will not be involved in this step, however we may provide some guidance on people that have helped us in the past).  IP examples may include: Provisional Patent

Application, Utility Patent, Design Patent, Copyrights, Trademarks

Manufacturing – Marketing – Distribution

We are not manufactures and usually rely on partners and licensing agreements with companies that that are well versed in these areas.  Besides it more fun developing products than product management – let those that are good at this… do this.  There are companies that may help you take your product to market and offer similar services as we do.  Some firms that provide invention services to help with this step include: inventRight, InventHelp, Edison Nation, Quirky

When choosing someone to help you on your concept, one has to consider the motivation of the above firms – they are in the business of providing services not assuring client success.  And the client success rate is about 1%.  However, we believe we can improve those odds by offering a more personalized approach and working together tackling each step along the way.  The realization here is that the more development that you can accomplish, the more attractive its going to be to potential partners in your venture.  We would suggest that you start simply with the first design step as described above with very little time and resources spent….  then move on from there, and as far as you want to go.

Product or concept introduction or rollout

More on this soon.

 

A Journey through a Product’s Design and Development:

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