Design: The Road to Production Starts Here
At MDI, we employ some of the world’s top designers and engineers to develop some of the most complex plastic molds on the market for our customers. Our operators and craftsmen make it possible for our company to continue to provide state-of-the-art products. Our services include a variety of key stepping stones in the production process, and thanks to our engineers and designers, the road to production runs smoothly.
Most of our designers grew up sketching with a pencil and paper and in our opinion, it’s still the best way to quickly capture product concept ideas. No other medium gives the designer the speed and freedom to explore ideas better than a simple sketch. For some projects, our MDI operators and craftsmen will create hundreds of sketches in order to visualize the form, colors, construction techniques, and style before completing the final design.
Although we sketch with a pencil and paper, we still keep up with the latest technology and now also use tablet PCs with Alias Sketchbook Pro software. This program allows the designer to draw directly on the computer screen, and is considered a “new school” approach to a traditional skill.
3D CAD Modeling & Renderings
After coming up with an initial concept drawing, we advance into the modeling and rendering stage. Not only does the product image convey realistic textures and colors, but it can be placed into real life photo environments to provide to focus groups, in order to receive marketing feedback. We work in SolidWorks, ProENGINEER, and Creo software packages.
At MDI, we utilize a variety of prototyping methods including CNC and hand machining, rapid 3D printing, metal forming and welding, castings, and various other finishing techniques. Wherever possible, we will use the same material as the production unit in order to provide you with more realistic and repeatable test results.
How We Can Help You During the Product Design Phase
The biggest question most people have when coming to us for product design and development services is how we can help them. Here are some of the reasons involving us in the industrial or medical device product development process is beneficial.
- Mapping Out a Course to FDA Approval – If you are in the process of ironing out a medical product design, you will need to always be thinking a couple of steps ahead. One of the most important things you need to be concerned about when trying to create a successful medical industrial design is getting approval from the FDA. Our engineers have helped a number of inventors map out a course to FDA approval. They have extensive knowledge regarding what the FDA looks for in new products. With our help, you will be one step closer to getting your medical device into the hands of those who need it.
- Making Your Industrial Product Design More Functional – One of the biggest problems people face when trying to develop a useful industrial product design is focusing on features, rather than function. If an industrial product design does not solve a real world problem, it will not succeed. Working with our engineers will help you see where changes need to be made in order to enhance the functionality of your existing industrial product design.
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