This is mostly what I do.

It is development of the product, mechanism or part considering certain fabrication technology, capabilities and options.

Past experience of work with equipment gives me ability to prepare design for manufacturing. It is crucial process which allows to switch from idea to producing. Also it is inevitable conclusion of concept design. I’m optimizing mechanical solutions for cost effective manufacturing at particular workshops.

Prototyping is important phase in development of complex product. It lets us to find all the flaws of design, test the product and make sure that we’ve done everything to improve end user experience.

Currently widely popular 3D printing technologies allow to make prototypes easily and with minimal expenses. Quality of printed parts may be sufficient even for demonstration prototype. And time to make the part is significantly shorter than any other prototyping method.

However, for some mechanisms we have to use metal parts processed at specialized workshop.

I’ve worked with milling machines and other metal cutting equipment, manual and CNC. It is useful experience which allows me to understand producing approach and technology in general. I can adjust design of certain parts for effective machining and saving either on material or processing time, depending on priority.

In my work I often use off-the-shelf parts and mechanisms. It is effective in many ways. I always consider location of assembly site and local market to make sure that every part will be present at assembly. Mostly I’ve worked with North American region and Europe in terms of sourcing. Asian suppliers also, but it is different in many aspects.