Your product brought to life
Prototyping moves from the detailed design development of Phase 2 to the next three phases: 3D drawings, 3D modeling and physical prototyping. During those, we further develop your original idea to assure the best looking product with the best quality at the least cost. In fact, with physical prototyping, we can give you unparalleled value—down to a third of the cost of most of our competitors. That’s what SurfaceID can do for you.
3. Preliminary 3D Development
Phase 3 of our industrial design approach augments the original sketches of your product developed in Phase 2 and constructs them in 3D. During this phase your product will be drawn to scale and can be easily manipulated and proportioned in real time, to your specifications. Here, we add further details like preliminary button placement and shape, surface textures and colours. We also give the product depth for an improved understanding of its physical characteristics. This is a mission of discovery, so we create several versions of your product in 3D with modifications to each. That way, you can see how different solutions can influence the final product and therefore, your sales. You benefit because at the end of the day, there is no guess work about how the product will look on the shelf.
4. Advanced Engineering
Phase 4 of our industrial design approach takes the 3D solution you choose and makes it into an adjustable 3D model. You can easily see the product from every angle in real-time, both outside and inside. Combined with mechanical engineering, this phase allows SurfaceID to design how the product will fit together to further enhance its functionality and reduce its manufacturing costs.
It is also during this phase that we apply Finite Element Analysis (FEA). There is an old saying: “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” With FEA, SurfaceID analyzes every aspect of your product to assure it will be the best product for the best price, and that there is no weak link. We check for material strength including longevity, material compatibility and wear on any moving parts. The quality of your product is assured by SurfaceID’s integrity.
5. Physical Prototyping Services
Phase 5 of SurfaceID’s design approach allows you a hands-on analysis of your product prototype. To guarantee you the best product at the best price, we have several ways of creating a physical prototype including CNC, SLA and SLS. Which one is right for your prototype will depend on the final product and your budget. We have highly skilled prototype manufacturers who can provide cost effective prototyping in all three methods. In fact, we can guarantee the best prices in the industry. For example, our high quality SLS prototypes typically cost 1/6th the industry standard.