The goal of each project is to pass through „Product design & Development” step by step. It starts with designing in the stages of “Conceptual Development” and “3D Modeling”. It continues with the development of the “Models and Prototypes” stage, through experimental models and functional prototypes, depending on the characteristics and objectives of the project. The previous three stages are very important for organizing and developing the fourth final stage – “Adaptation of Manufacturing”.
Stage: 3D Modeling
Analysis of “Conceptual Development” and dimensioning of the structure of design. Moving towards main modeling of the structure. The next step is the detailed development of major areas, components and elements that shape the overall design. Final design development, specification of its structural features and, if necessary, changes in its structure. Assembling the design and inspecting its overall structure, its components and details.
1.Dimensioning the design:
Dimensioning and adapting the main design from the product sketches before moving to designing the main 3D model. If necessary, further development of the structure, components and details of the design is made, by using additional sketches in order to dimension and scale the geometry of the design. The design parameters are specified, including the main, as well as some detailed dimensions, before moving to 3D modeling.
2.Modeling the design:
A process of modeling of the main design is performed – 3D model. The development proceeds in stages, because 2D graphic images are adapted in the form of a 3D model. That changes the perception for the main design from the product sketches – design’s structure, components, details, shape, etc. During the modeling process, variants and combinations of the main structure and components are designed. All the main features that make up the 3D model – styling, overall structure, components and functional areas – are specified. During the modeling process of the main design, the basic technical characteristics that are part of the project are taken under consideration.
Overview and analysis of the overall design structure before starting a detailed development. Emphasis is placed on the design of each component, separate detail and element. Detailed modeling and refinement of structure, functionality and vision. This substаgе is slow process, because many changes and modifications are made. This is made for the purpose of specifying and completing functional areas and shape, etc., all that builds the overall design.
4.Final development of the design:
Final design development and its components and details. The structure is assembled from the components and design details, after that re-viewing and detailed analysis. If necessary, the structure and all components and details are adjusted. The complete structure and details are synchronized, so that they are transformed into a harmonically projected design – in the form of an assembled 3D model. Everything that has been missed in previous substages is being discussed and overworked. This is a substage, where all the design features are finalized and refined, till reaching the final structure.
5.Preparation of 3D files:
The main structure, the components, the details and the design elements are recorded in the form of specialized file extensions. They have been used for different purposes: presentation; testing; manufacturing technologies for production of models and prototypes; mold tooling manufacturing; adaptation and manufacturing implementation, etc. Each of the designed components and detail, which are forming the structure of the main design, are adapted and prepared in the form of 3D files. They contribute to product development in the next major stages of the design process – Stage: “Models and Prototypes” and Stage: “Adaptation of Manufacturing”.
IMPORTANT: Тhe designed 3D models and related files are needed both – in presenting, presenting and developing marketing, as well as in communication and consultations with subcontractors and manufacturers in the next two stages – Stage: “Models and Prototypes” and Stage: “Adaptation of Manufacturing”. Only after having the 3D models, you can obtain the approximate production cost for the relevant stages. When submitting the 3D models and specific types of file extensions to subcontractors and manufacturers, we receive price quotations and information related to manufacturing technology and used materials. With the designed 3D objects and their files, real production costs can be reached, necessary for model making, prototypes, products and mold tooling. Depending on the type of file extension, it is possible to be used for different types manufacturing technologies, machines and materials, for example: 3D Printing; Multi-Axis CNC Milling Machines; CNC Milling Robots; Laser cutting, CNC router; 3D Bending and more. For models, matrix molds and mold tooling: composite mold and model – contact molding or vacuum infusion process; mold tooling – cold casting; mold tooling – pressure casting; plastic injection molds; stamping molds; cast models – metal casting process, etc. All this contributes for the main adaptation and implementation of the product in manufacturing – whole articles, components, details, elements etc.