Designing Products for Commercialization – Transfer to manufacturing

Monday, June 25, 2018

With your prototypes built and meeting requirements, it’s time to transition to manufacturing. As we discussed in our last blog, the client and PD firm should already have a plan in place for manufacturing – who the suppliers are, who will be responsible for assembly, testing, anticipated production ramp-up and volumes, and so on. 
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The Detailed Development Plan – the roadmap to success

Monday, June 11, 2018

With the updated set of requirements, risks, and priorities in place, a detailed development plan is then developed. This plan outlines the major tasks, milestones, timeline, dependencies, and resources required to develop the product. Typically created using project planning software such as Microsoft Project, this plan (we’ll refer to it as the “PP” for Project Plan) serves a number of key purposes 
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Designing products for commercialization when working with outside product development firms

Friday, May 25, 2018

In our last blog we discussed an overview of how to design a product for commercialization. In this and subsequent blogs, we’ll dive more into the details of those key processes and best practices for clients (i.e., you) to work with their product development (PD) firm to achieve product commercialization. 
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Designing for Commercialization

Friday, May 11, 2018

Designing a product for production and sale is more than developing a CAD model and a working prototype – it needs to be able to be sourced, manufactured, meet both cost and performance objectives, be reliable, pass regulatory standards (as applicable), be serviceable (if applicable). In order to achieve the fastest and most efficient path to market, it’s important to take a wholistic approach in product development with these elements in mind – designing for commercialization. 
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BioMed Device 2018 Post Conference Blog

Friday, April 27, 2018

Again this year, Acorn participated in the 2018 BioMed Device Conference held at the Boston Convention Center, April 18-19th. With 2 tracks, one focused on R&D, the other focused on product development, this year’s conference included topics ranging from how machine intelligence is changing medical devices, to advances in sensor technology that will impact how patients are monitored, to strategies to help companies get products to market faster and at less cost. 
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Acorn participation in the BioMeDevice Conference in Boston, April 18-19th, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Acorn will again be participating in this year’s BioMed Device conference in Boston, April 18-19th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. At our booth (#629), we’ll be showing examples of the work we’ve been doing in the medical device/instrumentation area, as well as other markets. Acorn personnel will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, or to discuss your particular needs. 
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Real world example of the value of early engineering in product design

Friday, March 30, 2018

In our last blog we discussed the value of early engineering (during the industrial design phase) during the product development cycle. In this blog, we’ll talk about a real-world example. 
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The value of early engineering in product design

Friday, March 16, 2018

Many products start out as an idea, a sketch, and then move to a phase where industrial designers focus on areas such as shape, form, packaging, look, color, user interface, and so on. The focus is how to make the product appealing, differentiated from the competition, and easily usable by the target customers. A set of requirements are developed (if they don’t already exist), and the product starts to take shape in the form of sketches, early CAD, 3D renderings, 3D models. Because of the advancements in software, you can create virtually anything on screen and have it appear very lifelike (just look at any of the more recent Star Wars movies!). For product development, the question at this stage is can it be built and manufactured, in volume, at the target cost and performance required? 
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Designing for Serviceability, and More

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Last time we talked about the importance of designing for manufacturability, and that the ability to successfully build a prototype is not enough to declare victory – today we’ll take that concept one step further to talk about the idea of designing for serviceability. 
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The ability to build a prototype is not enough

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You’ve been working with your selected product development firm on developing the next blockbuster product – the electronics are coming together, you’ve ordered some of the longer lead components, and are now planning to build a prototype. You’re excited by the opportunity to rapid prototype some of the more challenging parts using one of the latest 3D printers. Finally, all the parts come together, you assemble the prototype – and it works, meeting/exceeding your expectations! Time to break out the champagne – and you ceremoniously hand the completed design to a contract manufacturer, and at the same time informing your customers on kickstarter that the product will be entering production shortly. 
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