Virtual reality modelling and image rendering
The product development process typically relates to the replacement or rejuvenation of existing products. This may be due to issues with the current supply chain, obsolescence, pressure from competitors or simply that emerging technology and manufacturing methods offer more competitive methods of manufacture.
Assemtron can assist you with the reverse engineering of your existing products and the review and modernisation of products. Often the requirement is to increase the range of product features. As with the new product development process, we will work with you to flush out the options and objectives and then create a product specification. Rapid protoyping techniques such as CAD design and 3D printed prototyping are used. Prototype electronics with mockups and firmware may be used to demonstrate the usability of the product. Techniques such as virtual reality modelling and image rendering may be required to get a feel for the proposed designs before locking this down and committing to tooling.
As with new-product innovation, the collaborative process is enjoyable and rewarding. The aim is to avoid surprises down stream and to ensure that there is a common vision for the product.
Development of working prototypes and models showing form and fit allow contemporary manufacturing methods to be investigated. Assemtron combines production processes such as rotational and injection moulding, resin casting and machining with electronics, software and remote control technologies to create products for the future. Future proofing is a key consideration and we will take time to understand where you see your product evolving in the future. Armed with this information there are a number of future proofing steps that can be taken to prepare for external changes that will impact in the future. These include the transition from 2G and 3G communications to 5G and the improvements in processing speed and memory capacity. The increasing use of cloud based storage and processing together with improving antennae technology will allow products to benefit from Big Data and public Wi-Fi in smart cities. Products that are destined to last for a number of years should be designed with flexibility in mind.
Advances in 3D printing and low cost tooling helps us to extend the boundaries in new product development. Our close links to universities and specialist industrial providers allows you to benefit from these new technologies. The ability to model and assess prototypes before committing to production tooling will mitigate design costs. Short production runs will allow you to derive market feedback and usability data before locking down the final designs.