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Agentdraw were approached by an innovator in online gaming technology and were asked to develop a range of robust cases that would both secure and protect their range of devices as well as providing an easy to use kick-stand, offering an optimal viewing angle for their customers when in use. The customer required full use of our end-to-end offer, from concept designs for their new product requirement, all the way through to delivery of mass manufactured and assembled products.
Following our briefing meeting, a range of concept sketches were created. A concept was chosen by the client and the assembly of parts was 3D modelled by our highly skilled in-house design team using the latest SolidWorks® CAD software. This data was then used to create a series of realistic visualisations and to produce a rapid prototyped SLS model for further assessment and approval.
Once the concept design was approved by the customer, our design team used the latest SolidWorks® CAD software to develop and engineer the product using a Design For Manufacture approach. This is one of the key milestones within the product development process where our customers benefit most from using our end-to-end solution. Our in-house designers are very experienced with the tooling and manufacturing process and can therefore propose feasible design solutions that can be efficiently manufactured from the outset and are able to liaise directly with our toolmakers throughout the design process. This process typically reduces lead times and costs by up to 40-50% when compared with using outsourced design agencies.
Following the design engineering stage, our customer required a small set of prototype units that would represent the aesthetic form, function and finish of the final product. These protoypes enabled the customer to review and approve the product within its own team and also to faciliate a small usability study with end users to assess the overall ergonomics and validate the design functionality.
The approved design solution was released from our design department into our toolroom, where the production mould tool was designed, engineered and manufacturered by our in-house team of skilled and experienced engineers and toolmakers.
Following manufacture, the injection moulded parts were brought together with an invenotry of other bespoke manufactured parts and OEM components to form the final product, which was assembled by our in-house assembly line operatives.