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Oli_Sparrow wrote:So, if we started with entry level or at that 2+ year benchmark, are we expected to be able to conceive of and fully resolve a molded product for tooling solo, or is a theoretical technical knowledge and sympathetic approach to design all that's required here? To what extent is learning on the job generally acceptable at this early career stage? Do consultancies/manufacturers often employ industrial designers and manufacturing engineers to collaborate on such matters, or is there preference that you can work from concept to manufacture unaided with confidence?
Sain wrote:If I had to guess what 2 years experience with plastic molding would mean I would say a applicant should understand (at least at the modeling level). Draft and Slide management. Wall thickness, Ribs and Bosses and their relations to sink. Tolerance stack up and reveals: how to manage parts that fit together. How to properly dimension a drawing, also Things like mold textures/cmf and how they impact the part. How to review plastic parts samples and effectively communicate with factories. Also if doing lots of big multi level assemblies, knowledge of top down modeling might be necessary too.
Generatewhatsnext wrote:I have seen a few start-ups where the 2+ ID person was asked to be field researcher, ID proposal creator, brainstorming coordinator, sketch maestro, hybrid CAD person AND manufacturing liaison - and in that case it either results in bad products, organizational failure or the coming of another Leonardo da Vinci.
singletrack wrote:In my experience pretty much at all levels of design skill the work gets passed to an engineer at some point in the process. Either an in house engineer or a outside engineer at the factory. Also if you are making products in Asia they will a lot of times rebuild any model sent to them to better integrate with there systems. Generally I would say there are usually a number of check points along the road for people with specific experience with making the parts to way in and add there perspective. So I would agree with the above comments that what is important is basic understanding of molding plastic not so much a complete formal understanding. Such terms as undercut, draft angle and knit line are terms you should recognize but how to deal with all the problems and there solutions might not necessarily be expected. Same would hold true for plastic properties there is a lot of them and that more then likely would not be expected of you to know. But you should be familiar with the families of plastics such as LDPE, HDPE, PP and so forth and so on.