Product Development Process - Engineering

The process of engineering turns a concept or design into a fully viable product.  Throughout the engineering process physical reality is considered and using scientific principles, the design is refined.  Within the constraints imposed by our client’s desires and physical reality, various optimization parameters are considered, such as, quality, volume, safety, and reliability.

3D CAD Part Design & Engineering

Individual part design is a foundational skill for product designers or design engineers. The best part designs are simultaneously driven by form and function. Manufacturing constraints, performance requirements and product life cycles are also woven into the process. 3D CAD modeling software is the primary tool used to develop parts for prototyping and production. At Rute we primarily use SolidWorks but also have experience in Creo and Fusion 360. We have two decades of experience developing parts intended to be manufactured in about every process that exists today. From low volume to high, simple to complex, hard to soft, plastic

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Mechanism Design

A mechanism is a part or set of parts that receive an input and converts it into a useful output. Many seemingly simple consumer products have very clever mechanisms built into them while other products are themselves integral mechanisms. Mechanisms range greatly in size and complexity.   These mechanisms can be used to lock something securely in place, actuate a button, or pump a fluid though a nozzle. Some examples of mechanism design in our work can be seen below: Maxwell | June Twin Blade and Press The Maxwell June Twin Blade Shaver is in itself the mechanism that empowers its

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Electromechanical Design

Electromechanical design deals with electromagnetic principles. When designing a device such as an enclosure for a PCB or a user interface that utilizes electronic components, special considerations must be taken. For example, many electronic enclosures need to be designed to resist electromagnetic penetration and reduce their electro magnetic emissions. Some examples of this in our work can be seen in:

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Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

How a product is made and at what scale has a massive impact on the actual geometry of the product at both the component level and the assembly level.  At the component level, there are many nuances for each different type of manufacturing process such as plastic injection molding, sheet metal manufacturing, castings, and machining.  Design for manufacturing takes these nuances into consideration and optimizes the design so that it can be achieved. “Graphics of a bracket that is to be made with sheet metal vs plastic injection vs machining”

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Design for Assembly (DFA)

How a product is made and at what scale has a massive impact on the actual geometry of the product at both the component level and the assembly level.  At the assembly level, the process in which a product is assembled can have a massive impact on the cost of the product and the consumer reception of the product, if it is assembled by the consumer.  Questions are asked such as, How easily can a human (or machine) assembly the components?  Can it be assembled incorrectly? What level of skill is required? Examples: WMS 10.4″ Tablet Style Display

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Handoff Documentation

When a product is ready to be made there are specific types of documentation that manufactures need so that they can make the product. These documents are typical 2D Drawings and 3D CAD files. These documents are used to communicate all the information required by the manufacturer so that they can make the product. These documents are a legal document and should be treated as such. If there is ever a discrepancy between what a manufacture delivers, and what a client wanted the handoff documentation is consulted to determine fault.

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