Have you ever wondered how the mechanism of your electronic devices work? It serves a lot of purpose: a communication device, a calculator, an alarm clock, an Internet device, a camera, an editing tool, and many more. It has connected people from various parts of the worlds and with diverse cultures. It has brought many features into a device that fits your hand and pocket.
For budding product developers, electronic product design is something familiar to their spheres of experience. However, this does not make the process any simpler for people who are specializing in such field. It is acknowledged by these experts that there has to be calculated steps in order to accomplish the product design effectively.
Of course, the process is a complex and systematic sequence, but here is a five-step overview for electronic product design and development.
- Conceptualization stage
First, a product developer must be able to conceptualize the electronic device by thinking about how new the product would be. If the product is not necessarily novel, it has to have some variations to an existing product in the market. This conceptualization roots from thinking about what the need really is, and to know the needs, research becomes a helpful tool. The developer should be able to survey the market and identify what the demands are. At the same time, the feasibility of an approach to manufacturing should be thought about before ultimately venturing into product development.
- Designing and planning stage
Now, after making sure that all the considerations in manufacture are looked into, design can now pursue. The actual electronic device has to be designed in consideration of its purpose for manufacture and what sets it apart from other competitors in the market while retaining the essentials. For variations or improved versions of an already existing product, the original design for the previous product should be readily available. After the design is completed, planning, which includes proper timetables and allocation of resources, should be considered.
- Prototyping and testing stage
In this stage, an initial sample of the electronic device is created in order to discover if the design works. Creating one prototype and testing it first is cost efficient because you don’t want to have to complete the whole manufacturing stage only to realize that there is an error in your product.
- Manufacturing and compliance stage
After prototyping and testing, mass electronic device manufacturing can now commence through the help of your in-house or outsourced manufacturer. Testing of products will still be present, but each product will be tested as to whether it works or not and not necessarily the design. At this stage, the design should have already been finalized and no major change, if not none at all, should be expected. At the same time, proper agency compliance papers and testing procedures must be filed to the proper authorities because these applications of agency compliance would take months. Proper permits should be secured planned date of rollout.
- Followup stage
At this stage, your product has been released to the market. However, while congratulations are in order, the work does not stop. From a manufacturer perspective, the conceptualization, planning, designing, prototyping and testing, manufacturing, and compliance stages should be reviewed in order to improve aspects where there had been difficulty from past experience. This way, the future manufacturing facility experience would be improved at the most optimal level towards highest profit at lowest possible cost.
Surely, there are pitfalls to avoid in designing your electronic products, but with the right guidance and familiarity with the product development process, you’ll surely have a deeper understanding of your handheld devices. It won’t take time before it’s your turn to develop your own electronic device.