Here at Pivot International, we push ourselves to help make your dreams and inventions come to fruition. That is our goal, and however we can make your life easier along the road to success is our challenge, but we enjoy nothing more. But what do you do during the initial stages of creation; when you have an idea in mind and you’re aiming for mass production of the product, yet you lack the necessary materials to see it come to life? Maybe you have a couple designs laid out on paper – or they could still be in your head and you don’t know where to go from there? We’ve created a mini guide to 5 services in industrial design to help you keep moving forward.
- 2D Concept Drawings
- 3D Renderings
- Looks-Like Models
- Proof of Concept
- Rapid Prototyping
This should always be the first stage of your design process. By creating an illustration of your product, you’ll be able to analyze aspects of the product before creating a concrete model. With 2D concept drawings, you can look for any errors in your initial design which might hinder its functionality in the long run.
Once you have created and analyzed your 2D concept drawings to the smallest point and angle, the next step is to create a 3D rendering of your product. By using a computer, you can convert a computer-generated wire frame model into a 3D graphic model, allowing you to get a real look at how the model will function in the real world. Before producing a concrete model, this is an important step that allows for further revision and gives you the space and time to implement new ideas.
Before we take a look at functionality, it’s vital to create a non-working model of your concept that looks and feels like the finished item. While the item will not be functional, the model allows you to distance yourself from how the item will work in the hands of your audience, and instead look solely at its design.
A proof of concept (POC) is a working model of a product or component created to demonstrate that a certain idea will work in the real world, as opposed to just on paper. This step in designing your product is necessary because you can look not only at design but also at functionality at the same time. Plus, this proof of concept functional model can be used to show investors who want to see a viable product before they begin the investment process, which will prove crucial for your production.
Rapid prototyping quickly creates a working model, usually from 3D images built with CAD software, and utilizing a 3D printer to quickly build components. This is the first step to prove you are ready for mass production. If you want more info on rapid prototyping, check out our ebook and our blog post on how a prototype can boost your success!
Ready to get started? All of these services are available from Pivot International, so if you are having trouble with the design of your product, or if you are anywhere along this continuum, contact us! We’d be happy to help propel you forward.