This is true with any product development and why it is so important through the Co-create process. The detailed design stage takes the developed concept and works through all of the elements ensuring that no stone is unturned.
Elements that are often worked through include:
- Physical characteristics including mechanical, chemical, functional and aesthetic
- User interaction and Ergonomics
- Material selection and specification
- Manufacturing methodologies and requirements
- CAD (3D modelling) including the generation of parts, assemblies, general assemblies
- Bills of material and technical documentation
The ability to create comprehensive and understandable technical documentation is vital to the manufacturing processes. This is especially the case when dealing with manufacturing facilities often located abroad. Effective communication is key and helps mitigate issues that can often plague offshore manufacture. Other key areas of documentation include quality assurance and manufacturing guides, service manuals through to user guides. All these documents assist in proving integrity to the entire supply chain, from manufacturer through to consumer.
Often simulated testing is utilised within the Detailed Design process. One such method is FEA (Finite element Analysis) which enable designs to be tested and their functionality and performance verified. Some of the factors that can be assessed can include structural, fatigue, vibration and thermal analysis.