About Industrial Design

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial Design is a process in which the design of a product is made using Designing software’s before the actual product get in shape. Industrial design separates designing from manufacturing, once designing process is done; manufacturing is the final stage.

CAD role in Industrial Design

Drawing is an essential component in the industrial design process, facilitating visual thinking and creativity. It constitutes one type of design model, along with specifications, 3D representations and CAD techniques. The design process involves movement from one model to another, and by using representations of different types and at different levels of detail a fluid and inventive design approach is facilitated.

Increase in Productivity -

From the slow beginning in the early times, CAD has now become an essential requirement in Industrial design. CAD designs are more accurate and reliable for Product Designing. CAD has developed ever more complex capabilities over the years. No longer are designers constrained to working with 2D drafts, or even 3D wireframes—now, product designers create 3D solid models, whose virtual properties can be defined to match those of the intended finished object. Designers can then use CAD software to perform analysis on their virtual model without needing to create a physical prototype first. This gives them the ability to test how their design will react to heat, pressure, physical stress, and other conditions.

Accuracy -

CAD Software’s has become a high-tech replacement for paper drawing. It helps designers to give more accurate and reliable product design which was not possible before. CAD helps to gives accurate and high end product design by using high degree mathematical accuracy. Additionally, CAD has given designers the power to easily modify their work and has dramatically sped up the design process.

Industrial Design Process

Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production. This distinguishes industrial design from craft-based design, where the form of the product is determined by the product's creator at the time of its creation.

The four phases of Industrial Design
1- Analysis Phase (Phase I) –

This phase is all about understanding the concepts and needs of the project. Complete study with advance market research, competitor and demands are considered as top priority. The designer would gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the purpose of the product, its functionality and how it would solve a problem which makes it necessary to exist. The current market and need for particular product would be conduct followed by competition research. At last the check for requirements of the laws and regulation, to see the product would fit legally and would be safe to produce.

2- Design concept (Phase II) –

In this phase the design are made incorporating with the client concept as well as designer understanding. The ideas and concept are first made with pencil on paper for better understanding before using software’s. After the pencil and paper session, Software’s get include in the project. Software’s help to develop the innovative concept into drawn computer images. Using of advance software tools helps in detailing sharp graphics and indicating dimensions.

3- Design Development (Phase III- Part I) –

Development - After the clarification of product design and concepts, product module is made using 3D software CAD. At this stage the designer will enter accurately and dimensioned all the parts into 3d software. Various software’s could be used at this stage; it could be Solidworks, Autocad, 3D Cad, Rhino, Alias or 3d studio max. Designing a product using 3D software like CAD makes the exact working 3D module that helps to get proper knowledge of its functions and durability.

3- Design Development (Phase III – Part II) -

Photorealistic Computer Renderings This stage helps the customer to understand how the how the product they envisioned would look like. The 3d files created in 3D CAD are then used to create photorealistic computer generated images. The designer will create photo real images that would show the product from 360 degrees, revealing the final product looks, size and materials used. After this process the whole process is tested with software’s to check for any kind of default. Once the project gets all clear from testing, Implementation takes place.

4- Implementation Phase (Phase IV) -

When engineering and prototype models are handed over, the product design process ends. Product is now ready to be manufactured. After manufactured the product is ready to be delivered or to get placed in the right section. In this process the 3D design is refined and engineered before making through the moulding machine. After all the necessary adjustment the 3D design finally took shape into a working module. At last it’s ready to work.