The Top 5 Engineering White Papers of 2018


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If you're new to product development or you are looking to brush up on your engineering knowledge, our series of white papers is a great place to start. We've compiled our most popular product design and development white papers from the past year all in one place for you to enjoy. From brainstorming your initial concept to developing your first prototype we cover everything you need to know to be on your way to becoming a product design and development expert. 


5. 3 Reasons Proven Experience Matters in Product Design

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In today’s competitive design and manufacturing environment, only the strongest and most prepared will survive.  Both Synectic Medical Product Development and Mack Molding have long track records proving that both companies have met the required challenges time and time again.  The merger in 2013 quickly proved to be a successful partnership, effectively meshing the considerable strengths in design and manufacturing offered by both companies for over 125 years combined. Synectic Medical Product Development and Mack Molding offer three main advantages over traditional design and manufacturing firms.



4. The Must Have 6 Step Formula for Concept Development

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One of the most exciting steps in the product development process is phase 2 conceptualizing your idea. Like all phases of product development, we follow a process that has proven successful in our organization. This process includes creation of a design history file, review of the product specification, generating, evaluating and presenting the concepts as well as preparing for the next development steps.



3. 4 Practical Considerations to Improve Your Prototypes

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Prototyping is one of the most exciting and satisfying stages of product development.  Typically, at this point the product specification is well defined and a risk management plan has been completed to identify which critical aspects of the design need higher focus. This particular phase of a project can vary from the design of a complete device or a portion of a system. There are a few things you need to consider when designing and developing your prototypes to make the process go as smoothly as possible.





2. Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Design and Development

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Once you have selected a design firm, you may be asking yourself what is the next step in the new product development process. While each design firm approaches the device design process differently, there are some universal standards when moving a project from concept to production. The first, and most important, is defining the desired project outcome. This step seems obvious, but in the rush to “make it”, and with the organic nature of development, this critical step can often be pushed to the side.  In our experience, the project plan should include a clear definition of what work is to be done, by whom, and what the goal will be. Here are the top five things you and your design firm need to address when working on Phase 1 design and development.



1. Inventing a New Design? This is What You Need to Know

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Establishing a successful startup in today’s ever changing business market can be daunting. We are regularly asked, by new entrepreneurs, questions such as “How do I take my concept design to production? What is the new product development process? How long will the engineering design process take? When should I file patents?” While the answers to these questions are unique to each design and startup, there are a few things you should consider when beginning the process and selecting a design firm.