Introduction

Over the past few years I’ve been working alongside a wide-ranging base of clients, all essentially seeking the same thing – the completion of their component designs, via an efficient and robust DFM process. Some may have vast amounts of experience in the field and are aiming to maximise the efficiencies of their design to the nth degree. Others will be looking for fundamental advice on the basic principles of how to design a plastic part. Surprisingly (to me at least), the latter scenario is far more common. Considering the history of product design in the UK, alongside the recent surge of success stories, it is quite disappointing that there is a void of information transfer across the industry. I expect this relates to the competitive nature of development agencies and OEM’s having to protect themselves from knowledge ‘leaks’, ensuring they stand a chance of success against strong opposition. Having said that, it is surly a benefit to us all to share positive advances in design engineering processes, providing a more solid foundation for the next era of product designers to work from?

To put it simply; my aim is to start a personal blog which will provide some insight into modern product development, answering the common questions I encounter in my line of work whilst also interrogating the more advanced end of the spectrum where new technologies are changing the outlook of the industrial design landscape. I will compile these into a series of blog notes, where visitors to the site can use the search function to find relevant content.


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