Leardon Solutions blog posts often focus on product development in general, however, with so many resources here at Leardon Solutions to tap for thought leadership, we thought it might be worth-while getting into specifics regarding mechanical engineering tips to help with your product development efforts.
A successful product design and execution relies heavily on the initial engineering efforts. Great engineering teams follow a strict product development strategy to help reduce the risk of failure both short term and long term. If you are seeking to recruit the best mechanical engineer for your product development, think about the following tips.
Selecting the right mechanical engineer for your product development means asking the right questions and looking for the right qualities.
For the sake of this article, we’ll create a fake product to analyze. This fake product has one primary function, and that function is to hold snow cones while a customer can spin the device to select one of several different sized or flavored snow cones. This snow cone device isn’t exactly a device that will change life as we know it, but some of the best ideas ever invented were not much more complicated, e.g. PostIt Notes.
What type of mechanical engineer would be the best fit to design the “Snow Cone Carousel.” ?
Perhaps more than anything, experience developing similar products is key to a successful engineering effort.
Be sure to get very clear information regarding what a particular engineer started and completed on any examples cited.
#2) Clear and Concise Communication:
Many engineers are great engineers but for a small to medium sized business Engineers that can communicate effectively without middle management is crucial to the success of the organization. A mechanical engineer that can translate engineering language to customers in laymen’s terms will help the business relationship and reduce customer anxiety.
#3) Design for manufacturing –
When it comes to new product development, fewer things are more frustrating and costly than discovering the engineering efforts put forth towards product development result in a prototype that can not be produced to scale without significant redesign. With the proliferation of 3D printing, we are seeing this more and more often with new clients that are coming to us with failed product development attempts.
Great engineering efforts include qualifying a product and its components so that potential product quality issues can be identified prior to mass production and release to the public.
#5) Knowledge of Materials –
Experience with a wide variety of materials will help eliminate issues that arrive when the wrong types of materials are used in products. For example, our Snow Cone Carousel can be made from many materials, some expensive materials like stainless steel and others much cheaper like ABS or PVC plastics. A stainless steel version may require increased raw materials and assembly costs while ABS or PVC may be subject to longevity issues such as structural rigidity, thermal, and ultraviolet degradation.
#6) Disciplined Documentation Practices
Since product development is a team effort, the team is required to have comprehensive documentation system in place. Engineers with an eye on detail and the ability to thoroughly document changes, updates, and protocols will result in cost savings and a reduction in frustration.
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