Professional product design seeks to identify technical risks and eliminate them at the earliest opportunity. One method of eliminating risk is to build a sample to test the technical risks - a proof-of-concept sample.
Typical circumstances leading to a proof-of-concept sample:
Control system designs
Aim: To eliminate technical risks early in the product development process. Technical risks include new technologies and anything with which the product development team has no prior experience.
Requirements: Detailed design and fabrication of a sample which will embody the new technology and demonstrate its application to the desired end product. A proof-of-concept sample may not look like the desired end product. It is commonly designed to be economic rather than stylish.
Client Inputs: Expertise in key client in-house technologies.
Relevant MPS Skills and Tools: Experience with mechanism design and control system design, 3D CAD, 3D animation of mechanisms
MPS Outputs: A proof-of-concept sample will either indicate that the technical risk is understood and manageable by the product engineering team, or it will indicate that the risk is real and more work is required to eliminate it.
Client Reviews: Client approval required prior to proceeding to following stages.
MPS Outputs: Sketches of likely designs showing form and function of the design. Sketches illustrating likely details to meet key design issues. Full sized form model may be produced to give an early feel for the preferred design
Client Reviews: Selection of preferred design concept, or preferred elements from the range of design concepts; Client approval required prior to proceeding to the following stages
Photo Render of 3D CAD data (also known as 3D Rendering or 3D Visualisation)
Aim: To visualise the finished product. Assist in preliminary marketing. Support early development of product literature (installation guide, user guide, service manual, etc.). Enalbe product images to be used on packaging before the real product exists.
Requirements: 3D CAD models of parts and assemblies
Client Inputs: Advice on background for images, any images to be rendered onto the product (e.g. label graphics)
Relevant MPS Tools and Skills: 3D Rendering, 3D Visualisation, 3D animation