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WMD Tech approached SGW Designworks for product engineering assistance developing a collapsing deployment system for field x-ray systems in hostile environments.
The collapsing frame design needed a fast turnaround plus low projected volume constrained the design to use primarily commercially available components and materials. Initial concepts and prototypes were ready for testing three days after the project began, with production units ready for shipping three weeks after that. This project was profiled in “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.
Product engineering and product prototype projects can be fairly involved. Some clients prefer to tackle the entire new product development process in a single step while others prefer to execute the project in stages or phases. A typical product development project includes initial conceptual design, rapid prototyping, design iteration and functional engineering, functional prototyping, design for manufacture, and manufacturing planning. Whether your business is well established or just entering its first year, SGW Designworks works to find a development solution that fits.
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An Excerpt from the book, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
“The team and client settled on a design that used an advanced The team and client settled on a design that used an advanced locking hinge to provide the collapsibility required without compromising stability.
The design also integrated a suction cup/pump mechanism to allow for fast, repeatable attachment to the x-ray panels. Sounds complicated, right? Three days later, the SGW team delivered the first physical prototypes to the client. The prototypes were machined out of aluminum directly from the 3D model, using a technique called computer numerical control (CNC) and were hand assembled by the SGW team.
The client immediately took the prototypes to its military contact for review. The general concept was accepted with a number of minor design modi(cations. In the next five days, another full cycle of design iteration, prototyping, and design review was completed by the client and SGW. The first production run of forty completed units was ready for delivery three and a half weeks after the initiation of the development project.
SGW realized that this was a winning model because feedback on design decisions was nearly instantaneous.
The team used the same process to design and deliver eight products, serving a wide range of functions, in a twelve-month period. Half of those products are generating revenue today, and the rest are awaiting initial orders, all thanks to the power of working in small batches.”
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