2B Design & Development Process

The Process

Many people think of design as a standalone process. You hire someone who goes off and "creates" something, they bring back drawings, and you're done. But we have found that design based on individual effort is a recipe for failure.

Our systematic development process, refined over the past twenty years, ensures that the products we design and deliver will function as intended.

.01 Design

Design is the blue-sky part of the process. Team members answer two questions here: what problem are we trying to solve, and how can we best solve it? We research the needs of intended users, set goals for manufacturing, and then present concepts for evaluation. At the end of this process, we will present our partners with concepts, documented in sketches, 2D and 3D CAD drawings.

This phase incorporates the following elements:

  • Design Brief
  • Research
  • Product Criteria
  • Ideation
  • Refinement
  • Design Finalization
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.02 Engineering Concept Development

Engineering Concept Development is the bridge that connects design and engineering. In this part of the process, we assimilate the design information, and then translate it into a conceptual prototype. We also develop a preliminary bill of materials.

Our work here includes:

  • Feasibility Study
  • Validation
  • Concept Engineering
  • Functional Model
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.03 Engineering Development

Engineering Development is where we join the design intent with the concept engineering through physical modeling of the product. Using a functional prototype, we test according to industry standards, and apply any necessary changes to the design. The end result is a set of documents that allow vendors to estimate material costs. Manufacturing team members can also estimate the cost for production of the product.

In this phase we complete:

  • Engineering Design
  • Prototyping
  • Product or Component Testing
  • Engineering Changes
  • Control Drawings
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.04 Design Transfer

Design Transfer is the step in the process that turns the design into a finished product. We source appropriate vendors, and then review costs, quality standards and documentation to ensure that the manufacturing process will work as intended. We work with the manufacturing team to transfer the design and engineering data, ensuring that the new product will be integrated into the manufacturing process seamlessly.

For this phase, we accomplish the following:

  • Vendor Sourcing
  • Tooling Release
  • Finishing Specification and Documentation
  • Assembly Layout
  • Design Transfer to Manufacturing
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.05 Product Support

Product Support is the phase during which we compile and document the information that will communicate product details to the end user. This typically involves 2D and 3D line art, user instructions, directions for assembly, and feature/benefit information.

Our final deliverables include:

  • Product Line Art
  • Assembly Instructions and Manuals
  • Product Specifications
  • Product Features and Benefits
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