Custom Hardware Design, A Primer.

Our team have had the privilege of designing and manufacturing a broad array of custom hardware for some of the most recognised global brands.

Whilst custom designed products are all around us, we understand that the processes of design can be difficult to understand. We put together this short overview to help demystify our world of custom design.

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Custom hardware design and development projects typically involve several stages that are essential to successfully bring the product to market. The stages typically include:

  1. Project Planning and Requirements Gathering: This stage involves identifying the business needs and objectives, defining the product specifications, and establishing the design goals for the hardware project. The team will also consider factors such as feasibility, cost, and time constraints.

  2. Conceptual Design: Once the project requirements have been established, the team will begin the conceptual design phase. This stage involves generating ideas for the hardware design and creating initial sketches or schematics to outline the proposed solution. The team may also conduct simulations or other tests to validate the design.

  3. Detailed Design: In this stage, the team will take the selected concept and develop a detailed design that meets the project specifications. This may include creating detailed schematics, selecting components, and creating a bill of materials (BOM) for the hardware project.

  4. Prototyping: With the detailed design in hand, the team will begin to create a prototype of the hardware. This stage involves fabricating or assembling the hardware and testing it to ensure it meets the design requirements. The prototype will be refined and modified as necessary until it meets the desired performance and functionality.

  5. Testing and Validation: Once the prototype has been completed, the team will test the hardware to ensure it performs as expected. This stage may involve testing for compliance with industry standards, such as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and safety regulations. The team may also conduct user testing to validate the usability of the product.

  6. Manufacturing: If the hardware design passes the testing and validation stage, the team will move on to manufacturing. This stage involves producing the hardware in large quantities, sourcing the necessary components, and assembling the final product. The manufacturing process will be closely monitored to ensure the final product meets the design specifications.

  7. Launch and Support: Once the hardware has been manufactured, the team will launch the product to market. This stage involves creating marketing materials, distributing the product, and providing ongoing support to customers. The team will also monitor feedback and make improvements to the product as necessary.

Overall, our approach to custom hardware design and development projects involves careful planning, attention to detail, and a commitment to quality at every stage.