Developing new products - an introductory guide

This guide is a simple introduction to product design and development, and takes you through the whole process, from protecting your ideas to finding the right manufacturer. If you are new to product development, this is the place to start!

 

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Developing new products - an introductory guide

Successful product development - a management guide

This guide offers a management guide on the planning and implementation of a product development project using extracts from the British Standard (BS7000/2) to illustrate the points. The guide emphasises the importance of teamwork and regular meetings. If you want to know more about BS7000/2, please see the guide above.

 

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Successful product development - a management guide

The product design specification - a template for your project

This guide will help answer the question - 'how do I write a product design specification for my new innovation project?'.
 
Our new PDF specification template now has editable fields that will allow you to capture the important features and requirements that will define your new product. If you are considering the design of a new product, please download and fill in the form. 
 
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The product design specification - a template for your project

Carrying out a product development audit - a management guide

A product development audit is a great way to explore the complex series of inter-reactions between marketing requirements, engineering challenges and production constraints. Commercial success often depends on the management of these factors to get the best possible result.  The purpose of this document is to allow you to examine how projects are managed and implemented at the moment.

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Carrying out a product development audit - a management guide

3D printing for manufacture - a basic design guide

This is a simple design guide for the most common 3D printing processes. It explains the basic principles of the most common 3D printing systems, and looks at simple design guidelines for each technology. Working within those guidelines will save time, cost and also improve the quality of the finished model. 

 

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3D printing for manufacture - a basic design guide

Design guidelines for DMLS - a technical guide

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing technology that is based on melting layers of metal powder using a powerful carbon dioxide laser. The fact that layer-based production processes do not require tooling has led to the assumption that these technologies are free of rules that govern design for manufacture, like draft angles and undercuts.

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Design guidelines for DMLS - a technical guide

BS7000-2 Product Design - a management summary

A considerable amount of attention is given to the results of the design process, whilst relatively little is said about how that process is managed. This is unfortunate, as good or bad management can make or break a design project, particularly if senior management is involved (which they should be). British Standard BS7000-2 ‘Guide to managing the design of manufactured products’ provides a lot of extremely useful information on this often ignored topic.

 We have prepared a mangement summary of this rather long document, which we are not allowed to make available as a download. If you would like a copy, please email mike@crucibledesign.co.uk and we will email it to you.


 

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