A step-by-step guide to creating a successful medical device using industrial design
Why is industrial design so important in the development of medical devices?
In any manufacturing endeavor, the product’s fate is decided by its industrial design. All products are designed to fulfill the needs of the end-user, keep costs down, and meet current industry standards for innovation, technology, and visual appeal.
A medical device’s impact on the health and well-being of its users makes Industrial Design an even more critical consideration. Throughout this post, we’ve attempted to unpack several facets of medical device industrial design.
What is Industrial Design?
A medical device’s industrial design examines its appearance as well as its practicality, usefulness, usability, and producibility. To provide a high-quality product at a reduced cost and shorter development cycle, industrial design should be involved at every phase of the process.
Industrial design is a six-step process for creating a medical gadget that works.
We’ve worked together on important elements in the industrial design process for medical devices to ensure a successful and scalable product in the end.
- Idea feasibility testing
- Competitive analysis
- Marketing Projection analysis
- Material & vendor analysis
- Cost structuring
- End-user satisfaction
Step #1. Idea feasibility testing
Once a concept has been developed, it is tested and analyzed to see if it is financially and functionally viable. For example, we examine the design in terms of shape, size, and color.
Step #2. Competitive analysis
Comparison and analysis of the idea’s position in relation to currently existing items is critical. Because the market success of your product ultimately rests on its uniqueness, comparisons are vital to avoid redundant ideas.
Step #3. Market projection analysis
An important step in the market research process is determining who the product’s intended audience is. Additionally, it includes a critical evaluation of the product’s previous reception rate.
Step #4. Material & vendor analysis
For each new product idea, material analysis and procurement sources are established. To avoid delays in the later stages of the development, the vendor study and selection of various components must be done at an early stage.
Step #5. Cost structuring
As part of our research, we look into the entire network of suppliers for quality components at the best possible price.
Step #6. End-user satisfaction
To ensure a successful product, the design is tested in the hands of actual users. Prototyping is the next step once an idea qualifies, and this is where iterations are developed to turn the idea into a scalable product.