A Four-Step Product Development ProcessSuccessful product development is challenging, but it is achievable. Your concept might be shortsighted, the design might be inefficient or the manufacturing process might not be optimized. But with a solid understanding of concept, design, materials and production — as well as a distinct attention to quality — you can engage in a successful product development process. Here, we’ve compiled four steps to optimizing your product development process!
The beginning bits of this stage are wrapped up in conceptual design — make sure you have a good idea to begin with. Research the market, define your goals and begin planning your design. As you generate and test your concept, you might want to engage in design consultation, sourcing and risk assessment to cover all the gaps. If it’s helpful, consider modifying, adapting or building upon a previous model. As you engineer your design, focus on a delivering a “ready for production” solution and provide necessary documentation for the pre-production prototype.
You’ve got a design; now turn it into a prototype. If you chose to use a previous model, costs of prototyping, testing and manufacturing may have already been done. Build on top of this, constructing a pre-production prototype. Pay close attention to detail, size and grading. In this stage, you will have to confirm product requirements, functionality and aesthetics. Begin gearing up for tech design and production.
3. Technical Design
In this stage, begin moving your prototype into a universal production blueprint. Design the product for affordability, assembly and the manufacturing process. It is especially crucial to select the proper materials to complement the functions of the product. For example, you might account for temperature exposure or texture functionality. Without careful attention to detail, your product can be useless. After settling on the details, it’s time for manufacturing.
The most important piece of the manufacturing stage may be finding a manufacturing partner or team that is reliable and works for you. Build relationships with a network of dependable component suppliers and production manufacturers. Provide all necessary documentation, implement checks and processes for quality control, and complete production planning before handing your design over for manufacturing.
From start to finish, this process may vary depending on the amount of players involved or project needs. However, a general framework of emphasis on design, prototype, technical design and manufacturing can be extremely helpful. Let’s work together on creating a successful product development process for you: https://itbrand.co/blog/#collaborate.