News— Joining the “How” to the “Why”
Conception — The Essential Step in Proving an Idea is Sound:
To conceive an idea is not to have it, but to first verify and confirm that it’s worth pursuing, through the only unbiased and universal method we have, namely science. The more team members, the more branches available. If you’re an “army of one” one may hope to be a polymath.
Drafting — Where The Concept Takes Shape:
Be it on a drafting board, within CAD software, or both and all in-between, drafting an idea you’ve conceived can often be the most demanding point for the idea itself, for here, at its most frail, errors for which there exists no compromise, will emerge; in their absence the wisest course is to iterate utter redundancy into error-free, visualisable measurement and calculation.
Design — Moving from a Successful Draft to Actual Construction:
Everyone has a definition of “what design is” from the utilitarian to the spiritual, yet all are interpretive; but very simply the one thing it can in fact only be, and should, is in every way the most efficient method possible to test whether the concept can, or even should, actually be made.
Engineering — The Process of Testing the Design as Valid:
This process, including numerical, mathematical, design and construction data, gives us the ability, through scientific method, of moving a valid design into the practical world of efficiently externalising the idea; unrelenting consistency throughout this (basic) chain of development proves, at this stage, to be as vital as your commitment to seeing the whole cycle through.
Construction — Turning the Idea Into a Reality:
The stage in product development, requiring patience, passion, adept negotiation and demanding personal growth, is that stage where one quickly finds which fabricators think too much, which ones aren’t up to the challenge, and, possibly, those who get things done for the right reasons. If breaking new ground, one must be compassionate to the uncertainties of others.
Production — Path from Prototype to Commercialisation at Scale:
Whether one or more prototypes are fabricated, even functionally simulated using CAE and CAM software, or even simulated by putting the design and engineering math to test by pencil and paper, the importance of demonstrating the achievement is equal only to the reason or reasons why the product needs to exist in the first place.Those whose help one needs to get started, will recognise the need you’ve identified. Demonstration within means is now a veritable “Showtime” required to move to “Prime Time”, which can be strategic in itself.