CEED's five stage product design and development process

Our Process

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CEED Collaborative has a five stage product design and development process that is employed and adopted across all of our projects. Our design process is detailed below:

Stage 1: Product Research and Concept Brainstorming

Product Research

This first step consists of defining your product. Assisting you in identifying the details of your product is paramount and typically requires a comprehensive market analysis to determine feasibility and validity of your product to be successful in the market. Development of a successful product depends on this data and we provide a detailed report of this task for future reference.

Concept Brainstorming

This process enables new ideas to be generated using the technique of free flowing brainstorming. ALL ideas are encompassed at this stage however wild they may be and without prejudice as many times a wild idea can transpire into something novel or innovative. That can give not only give an advantage to you in marketing but permits the potential of intellectual property ownership.

One technique used in this process is sketching ideas obtained from the Product Research phase. It helps stimulate creativity during this crucial stage of the design. At the end of this task ALL ideas are categorized with the goal of an optimal design of the product. Nothing is missed and we take great care and diligence assessing such things as cost, risks in use and manufacture, assembly methods and many other factors which could affect vital success of your final product.

Stage 2: Concept Design Renderings

Concept Renderings

Having completed the Product Research and Concept Brainstorming phase, we help you focus your sketches down to the best ideas that meet your business objectives. These selections are illustrated as 3D Color Renderings using our computer software. The Computer Aided Design (CAD) software we utilize allows us to provide you with a realistic view of your new product BEFORE IT CAN EXIST. At the end of this phase, concept renderings and aesthetic design evaluation occurs with your necessary consultation and any critical contributions are then assessed and included.

Stage 3: Ergonomic Design, Industrial Design and Model Build

Ergonomic Design

Literally a “hands on” project, we integrate our market research, scaling and a host of relevant concepts are utilized to enhance your design ensuring comfort factors for the final product. Thereafter, an ergonomic analysis is conducted utilizing a mock product to obtain a “real life” feel is optimized. Plausible outputs can include ergonomic comparisons and validations, calculations, concept images and recommendations based on our findings.

Industrial Design

This stage refines the selected concept(s) by creating a 3D generalized rendition of the proposed product geometry.

This is used to verify that components are sized to ensure functionality at the model level. Quantitative comparisons can then be made and assurance of good design principles for the intended use validated.

Model Build

Creating a 3D physical object for clients to touch and feel. This non-functional model is visually comparable to the final product. Deliverables include proof-of-concept model(s), breadboard model(s) or handmade model(s), Materials used can be anything that represents the proposed product.

Stage 4: Design for Manufacture & supplier involvement and liaison, Prototype Design and Prototype Build

Manufacturing Options and Vendor Sourcing

Select from our preferred vendor list for your new Product Design. We strongly suggest working closely with your vendor to reduce required design changes and lead-time. Deliverables include reliable estimates and final quotations.

Prototype Design

Utilizing SolidWorks design software, we design a 3D Prototype which replicates the exterior surfaces with draft and any assembly line joints. The prototype geometry is built around interior components with clearance checks performed based on client specifications. The prototype geometry is a valuable template for the final design but is not used production tool design.

Prototype Build

A prototype model is built using the prototype geometry to physically represent the new product design. The aesthetics, number of parts, service, industry standards, manufacturing processes, materials and assembly are all represented as accurately as SLA and CNC processes permit. We can provide silicone rubber molds and multiple cast parts with threaded brass inserts when several prototypes are required. Painted steel, machined aluminum and stainless steel prototype parts are also available. Deliverables include a functional prototype model and prototype evaluation.

Stage 5: Final Product Definition and Design

With the benefit of having prototypes or pilot build quantities of the new product, what the client needs is to have the design ratified for production. This can typically require refinements and small modifications. We take the time to work with a chosen supplier or manufacturer ensuring the design aligns with not only the clients expectations but the suppliers to ensure high yields, reliable products and a robust process exists for our clients. Outputs can be such outputs as technical drawings, 3D files, photorealistic renderings and quality plans but whatever your needs, they will be fulfilled.

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