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How to Make Concept Design More Effective

  
  
  
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Concept design is crucial to product development. It doesn’t matter whether you use traditional techniques, 2D tools, or 3D tools, getting your concept design right is vital for the subsequent stages of product development. This is where creative and innovative ideas can have the most impact; before a product have been involved in weeks of design development.

What are the modern concept design tools?

  
  
  
Concept design tools

Concept design doesn’t just happen in one tool. There is no one option fits all companies solutions. In fact, even users within the same industry have different preferences when it comes to concept design tools. What is important, though, is that the concept design tools you use are the best for the job. Concept design tools have undergone significant changes since the days of just engineering notebooks. So, let’s explore the modern ways of doing concept design. 

Why existing models can make great concept ideas?

  
  
  
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Concept ideas can come from a wide range of sources and there are plenty of ways to look at concept design. But, for most engineers and designers, only some of concept ideas start from scratch. Instead, many will come from, at least in part, from existing design models. So, let’s take a look at why this is the case.   

How to do concept design differently: the direct modelling approach

  
  
  
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Did you know 92% of companies believe they’d benefit from exploring more design options in the early concept stage? Makes sense really. The more designs options that you can investigate, the more confident you can be that you are offering the right design solution. 

3D CAD modelling: Should you switch for your concept designs?

  
  
  
3D CAD modelling

It seems that 51% of concept design work is now done using electronic based systems, including 31% already using 3D data. But, this also means 49% of concept designs still begin as hand-drawn sketches and in engineering notebooks. Although paper based design work is a justifiable method for working on concept designs, the limitations are becoming more pronounced. As technology advances and more companies than ever before work on a global scale, it could be time to make the switch.

2D CAD design: The pros and cons of digital concept designs

  
  
  
2D CAD design

Did you know 34% of organisations are still using paper-based methods to explore initial concept design?  While this is a valid way to begin concept work, it does have limitations. Taking the paper concept designs to the next stage of development can involve more work. Plus, it can be harder to fully investigate a range of design options. But, what is the case for making the transition to digital 2D concept designs? 

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