Product Modelling is bifurcated into 2 categories namely –
1) Inorganic Surface Modelling
2) 3D Detailed Modelling and Component Assembly
Inorganic Surface Modelling
Once we have basic sketches in place from the product ideation phase, we start with inorganics surface modeling which gives 3d shape to the product.
The idea here is to create 3d forms of the 2d sketches and this is the beginning of form development for the product.
In this phase, we try to understand and create 3D CAD forms from 2d sketches and analysis the aesthetic appeal of the product. We try and visualize the form and keeping in mind parameters such as dimensions, weight, material finish and surface complexity.
The main aim is to develop a basic form from sketches complying with all form parameters mentioned above. This is the beginning of 3d design language and its crucial stage in the visualization of basic form factors.
We show this to the client in form of concept renders and get feedback on the basic concept design, which take us closers to the vision of the product.
Once we have the basic form locked in, we move to the next phase of 3D Modelling
3D Detailed Modelling and Component Assembly
Detailed modelling is the phase wherein we create a true scale model with exact fittings, component assembly as per the final market selling product.
Once we have a properly designed surface model of the product, we use that class A model to convert to Class B model, which has details of component placing, fitting such as screw, threads, mounting bosses, flange, locking snaps etc.
We also consider mold feasibility parameters such as Draft lines, undercut analysis, Parting position, Thickness uniformity while material filling, Gate design for mold, Core Cavity feasibility, etc.
This gives us an exact idea of operation in developing the product die and the manufacturing feasibility of the product. It also gives clarity of sourcing the right components with the right fitting. We also get the form factor idea one we assemble all components in the product.
On this basis, we also estimate, Die tooling cost as well as the manufacturing cost.