I am new to the forums and am hoping to better understand how designers and engineers work together.
Here is what I think I understand so far:
- a problem and possible solution are identified
- Designer begins by sketching to generate concepts quickly
- Favorite sketches are selected and fleshed out in greater detail
- Detailed sketches are used to create 3D surface models using programs like Rhino, Solidworks, Pro E, or Alias
- 3d design file is handed off to a mechanical engineer
- Engineer uses programs such as Solidworks or Pro E to create solids from the surface modeling
- the housing is divided to into manufacturable pieces and snaps, screws, structural support, etc are added.
- Engineer models the shape of the PCB and put large components, such as joysticks or batteries into place
- Mechanical engineer works with an electrical engineer to determine there is enough room for the PCB layout
Is this a fairly accurate understanding? If not, where does the designer's work end and the engineers' work being?
Also, how does the designer typically support the engineers through the engineering process? What kind of collaboration takes place? Any examples or typical scenarios would be great. I am interested in hearing as much detail as you can give me