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Postby Abins_Michael_1 » November 18th, 2015, 3:08 am


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Hi,
I am a new product designer.

I'm currently teamed up with a startup who has already got funding for their Consumer electronics initial product.

As an initial step we have to set up a product design workshop/lab, for validating different ideas..
I will mostly focusing on to the mechanical side of it.

Please help me to list out the different tools and other stuffs has to be purchased.
The product will be mostly maid by sheet metal.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby yo » November 22nd, 2015, 9:35 pm

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Who will be attending the workshop?

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby FH13 » November 23rd, 2015, 12:20 am


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Wouldn't it be more efficient to outsource? Without knowing exactly what parts need to be made then it's hard to give you a list of equipment.

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby iab » November 23rd, 2015, 9:12 am


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Depends. What is your methodology for validating the ideas?

But of course you will need a flux capacitor. Every good lab has one.

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Postby yo » November 23rd, 2015, 11:46 am

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Cue up the lightning bolts to power that thing! :-)

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby FH13 » November 23rd, 2015, 1:14 pm


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So he first needs to find a "Doc" (shop manager) so that he can tell him what equipment they will need.

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby yo » November 23rd, 2015, 5:30 pm

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Great Scott!

OK, we have officially derailed this.

OP, I think we need more information.

Re: Design workshop facility

Postby designbreathing » November 26th, 2015, 2:40 am

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Abins_Michael_1 wrote:As an initial step we have to set up a product design workshop/lab, for validating different ideas..
I will mostly focusing on to the mechanical side of it.

Please help me to list out the different tools and other stuffs has to be purchased.
The product will be mostly maid by sheet metal.


I've done this kind of planning few times in my career thus far...

Sheet metal forms are traditionally mocked up using 3-5mm thick foam board that comes in 1200mm x 2400mm sheets. Its quick, cheap and gives enough information to update the 3D database that will accompany each concept as well as plan for any intricate fabrication details. In recent history, large caps, fittings, interface bezels, knobs, feet, handles etc. were usually made from urethane foam which comes in 1200mm x 2400 mm sheets. Now in 2015, these parts are 3D printed and then mated with the larger foam board volumes.

Any workshop planning should entertain a few initial space considerations first before filling it up with fabrication tools. This will insure the importance of producing high quality work. Material storage space, work space, lighting, ventilation, noise control, tool storage space and control/storage/disposal of waste are all areas that should be discussed and considered before making any investments in more expensive fab tools.

If you plan to prototype in actual sheet metal, the same spacial considerations for the above can be exercised again. However, a hard materials metals lab is far more different in its specification that that of a soft materials lab. If you plan to model in both materials, you need to double your space requirements in order to keep separate each material and its accompanying fab tools (i.e break presses, grinders, welding gear, cutting tools etc.)

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