Designing with TriMech’s Project Engineering Group: From Ideation to Manufacturing

Designing with TriMech, we understand that bringing an idea to life is a complex journey. Many visionaries get caught in the gap between the ideation and implementation of turning a product into a reality. Our objective at TriMech is to guide innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs through the design and initial prototyping process, turning concepts into reality.

PEG’s expertise can seamlessly integrate at any stage of the process, making prerequisites unnecessary when engaging with us. In this post we will guide you through typical stages of the product development process and how designing with TriMech can be your trusted partner every step of the way.

Stage 1: Ideation Process

The journey begins with an idea, a problem that needs a solution. Let’s imagine a scenario: you have a new design for a smart speaker. But how do you turn this idea into something real? Many people have great ideas but often lack the implementation tools to bring them to life.

Digital prototype

Digital prototype

This is where TriMech’s Project Engineering Group (PEG) comes in. We provide the expertise and support required to shapeshift your vision into a tangible concept. We facilitate back-and-forth collaboration to refine your idea and provide CAD work based on sketches and descriptions to build new ideas. At this stage, you might have a general problem definition but lack concrete refinement. At this stage, it can be difficult to determine the best course of action. Approximately 30% of our interactions lead to our team identifying alternative solutions more suitable for the client than working directly with our team. However, in cases where PEG is the optimal choice, our engineers enjoy working with clients early in the ideation phase.

The duration of the ideation varies upon several factors including the number of collaborators looking to give input and the level of resource allocation. One benefit of working with PEG is the flexibility to tailor our services to the direct requirements and desires of each project and client, rather than trying to fit each project into a box with certain parameters for each stage.

Stage 2: Initial Prototyping

With a clearer concept in hand, we move on to the innovative stage of initial prototyping. Here, we begin to dive in on a specific idea that you and your client’s favor. As a Product design company. We refine the general concept, making critical decisions about the size of the hardware and the required sturdiness of the design.

3D Printing Prototyping

3D Printing Prototyping

PEG can create prototypes both through CAD and 3D printing, allowing us to evaluate and test the viability of your design. This stage may involve creating an alpha prototype, which serves as an early version of your product. This initial prototyping stage can act as a launchpad for further refinement to create more advanced prototypes to shape your idea into a tangible reality.

Stage 3: Further Refining

After the initial prototyping, it’s common to discover areas that require improvement. Our team goes back to CAD models and design to modify components and create new pieces. The iterative process continues with further prototyping, getting you closer to your goal. At TriMech, we have the expertise to guide you through each change, ensuring that your product or idea is reaching its full potential.

Physical design elements

Physical design elements

Designing with TriMech – Project Engineering and Beyond

At TriMech Project Engineering, we understand that designing and turning an idea into reality can be part of a broader scope. We can provide a boost of manpower and supplemental support that you need to boost your project in a timely fashion. Different manufacturers have different capabilities and preferences. We’ll collaborate with you to rekindle your design to meet manufacturing requirements.

Physical prototype

Physical prototype created with a Stratasys 3D Printer

We’re able cater to what the manufacturer wants, whether it’s providing a 3D model or a full drawing package with dimensions and tolerances. Our flexible approach with both fixed cost quoting and hour block quotes allow us to tailor our services to meet your specific needs. The Project Engineering Group’s expertise can seamlessly integrate into any stage of the design process, eliminating the need for specific prerequisites before engaging with us. This versatility makes PEG indispensable for prototyping and refinement at any level.

So, if you’re looking to embark on a product development journey, remember that TriMech Project Engineering is here to be your trusted guide from concept to reality. Contact us today to get started.

Looking for more content on new product development?

Check out this downloadable resource, created by Adam Baker, Director of the Project Engineering Group, on 10 questions to ask when you have a new product idea.

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Michael Krisfalusi

Michael Krisfalusi is a Marketing Coordinator with TriMech Staffing
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