Research into proposed new product functionality, value proposition, end user profiles, pricing, operating conditions, plastic material selection, plastic manufacturing processes, standards and patents is essential to define a new product, system or service. Research undertaken yields a clearly defined brief. Key to setting the optimum design approach for new conceptual product design thinking.
Conceptual stage is one of the most exciting during new plastic product development. We put our heads together, brainstorm, visualise, imagine and sketch possible scenarios. We then eliminate, prioritise and narrow the search for potential product design solutions. Conceptual ideas are communicated to clients using sketches and visually realistic electronic 3D models or polyurethane mock-ups.
Professional presentations assist with promoting new plastic products designs to stakeholders. Computer generated 3D models enable us to produce photo-realistic images and in special cases, short animation's describing new products. These are effective for raising venture capital and kick starting new market research. The production of short videos, printed media or web sites are all possible using our unique methods of design presentation.
Once the engineering is completed models are either grown / machined or fabricated. Working models confirm engineering and allow for physical testing of functional and aesthetic aspects of your new plastic product. If any design modifications are required, we backtrack to the 3D model, which in turn updates the engineering deliverables for tooling production. Harrison Designs uses certain specialist rapid prototyping techniques to achieve the best possible result for our client’s new plastic product.
The new plastic product is modeled in 3D using Solidworks CAD software. This allows us to manipulate and consider the design whilst engineering each part for mass production. Information such as release tapers, assembly sequences, fits and clearances are thoroughly checked. Engineering drawings are parametric and maintain a direct relationship to the 3D solid model. As the 3D model develops the engineering drawings automatically update reflecting these changes. This assists with design management and seamless transfer of engineering data to toolmakers.
There are invariably slight modifications required during tooling and production setup. By actively managing the tooling process, we ensure that design integrity is maintained and give our clients peace of mind. Harrison Designs cater for various plastics’ production methods. Some examples include injection moulding, blow moulding, rotational moulding, RIM, over-moulding, vacuum forming, fibre-glass hand lay up moulding and various plastic fabrications.