Join Scott Clear for an in-depth discussion in this video Going beyond the basics, part of Industrial Design Foundations.
- So we've just slightly scratched the surface of an industrial designer and some of the skill sets and some of the things that you might expect from a designer. But what happens beyond form and function? We normally see the designer very heavily involved in the front end activities, from concept and the design development, but the designers also stick around in the back end, as well. The way I see it is there are more time spent up front, but there's still a tapering process as it goes all the way to manufacturing, they're still involved all the way to the back end.
So, what does happen after form and function? Well, there's going to be a lot of prototyping involved, and there's going to be a lot of manufacturing involved. So, in the prototyping side, what I'd like to focus on mostly is there's going to be iterative prototyping that you'll do that's on the front end, which is just proving out your ideas, and then on the back end, you're going to start doing things that are going to be closer to what you want to replicate in manufacturing. Then you're going to get into manufacturing, they too have a thing called prototype manufacturing, so they prototype manufactures, don't be confused with the material of the prototyping process, this terminology that they use, when they mean they're making smaller quantities to test it out, and that might mean something as simple as a single cavity injection molded tool versus, say, like a 36 cavity injection molded tool.
The difference is is that they're testing out the material, they're testing out the process, they're making sure everything is working as you intended, and the same kind of thought process happens on the prototyping side. On the prototyping side you're going to increase your fidelity, you're going to increase your tolerances as you get closer to manufacturing, so, you're going to establish a network of prototyping and manufacturing experts that are going to help you on your journey, usually even if you're, whether you're in an agency or you're in a corporation, rarely does one company do everything from end to end all under one roof.
So, get to know your, from the hobbyist end of it to the high quantity or high quality prototyping side, and the same goes for manufacturing. And when you manufacture a product, you too might have to scale your product, sometimes your first year of sales might only be a smaller batch, say under 100,000 units, but then it becomes very successful and it might become 100 million units. Well, very likely, the manufacturer that does the smaller quantity is not the same manufacturer that does the larger quantity, so you're going to establish these different types of relationships.
So the last thing I want to leave with you, please check out my other courses, one on materials and one on prototype and manufacturing. The one on materials will help you select materials for prototyping and help you select materials for manufacturing. We're going to meet with people that actually manufacture materials and they'll explain the differences between front end and back end materials for your processes. On the Prototyping and Manufacturing course, please check that out so you can see how to source and how to get down into your prototyping needs on the different levels, and also looking at your manufacturing needs that we just talked about.
So, this brings us to a close, I hope you got a lot out of this, and got a lot out of this, and.