Guides to new product development

New product development is exciting and rewarding, but can also be expensive and risky. We've put these free guides together to improve access to information on design management, 3D printing and a range of other topics that are particularly relevant to newcomers to product design and development. When you click on any of the download buttons for the first time, you will be asked for your name and email details. After that, you can download and share as many of the pdf files as you like.

Developing new products - an introductory guide

Developing new products is exciting and can be extremely profitable, but the risks are also considerable.

The purpose of this guide is to look at ten fundamental questions that you need to consider to help you make the most of your opportunities and minimise your risks.

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Developing new products - an introductory guide

Successful product development - a management guide

This guide reveals how to improve the commercial performance of product development projects through effective planning and management. It is designed to give you simple, practical steps to make your next product development project more organised, more fun, more successful and much more profitable.

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Successful product development - a management guide

The product design specification - a template for your project

Defining your product design specification could be the most important stage of your new product development 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

Product development is a complex series of inter-reactions between marketing requirements, engineering challenges and production constraints. Success 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

Building parts one layer at time means that 3D printed components do not need moulds or tooling, so conventional ‘design for manufacture’ (DfM) issues like draft angles and undercuts don’t apply. This has led to the misconception that 3D printing isn’t subject to any design limitations. However, all production processes have their strengths and weaknesses...

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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
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