A short summary for mechanical design engineers on what is product development
Idea of product development
Invention of new products, systems, processes and tools has always been a part of the human endeavor to advance the quality of life and create paths of generating wealth all the while employing the ever-growing populations.
This very process of coming up with a novel idea and converting into something which is useful to a set of people is called product development.
From the design and development of a humble nut and bolt to the design of the large international space station each entity has followed some sort of product development process.
Learning product development is of prime importance to engineers and designers who have the ability to come up with new ideas and convert them to reality.
Product development leads to
Product development is the life-blood of companies and societies. The product could be a physical product such as an automobile, smartphone, or coffee maker. It could also be services such as new IT solution, new manufacturing process, or a new real estate marketing concept. In this platform we will discuss about physical mechanical products.
Successful physical product development actions provide the following:
Business viability of any product development effort is dependent on how novel the design is and how useful it will be to the target audience. Hence true innovation happens when desirability, business viability and technical feasibility all meet to deliver a product.
Types of products
Software – application software.
Software vs hardware product development
Product planning – the stage in which the need of the product is established through research
Concept development- the plan is then converted in to a concept
System level design – the Concept is developed into a design with systems, sub systems and components
Detail design – Detailing is done to the components of the product
Testing and refinement – Product is tested and design is refined to correct any flaws.
Production ramp up – After the final design is realised the production volume is increased through ramp up.
Departments (functions) needed to realize a product
Co-ordination of these three teams ensures that the
What is a design concept with regards to product development?
Concept selection is generally not final, there may be change in concept at the later stage if there are any major issues
Knowledge and skillsets needed to develop a product at the most basic level
Complex products require domain specific in-depth knowledge and understanding, Simple products can be developed with a smaller team without the need for specialists. Development of a car requires an expert in Body design, an expert in engines, expert in chassis systems but development of a single mechanism for a simple application may just require a design engineer.
What kind of skills and knowledge are required in developing products?
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