The Product Development
Fraitag Engineering manages projects within stringent engineering
design control procedures outlined by phases. Each product or machine
development project will vary slightly depending upon client expectations,
product nature, and desired deliverables. Below is an outline of our product
design and development process how we bring concept to reality.
I. Customer's Objectives
- The first step in a relationship with us is to execute a Non Disclosure
Agreement (NDA) and discuss your idea(s) so we gain a full understanding
of your new product or machine idea(s) and/or specifications.
II. Engineering Proposal
- We will review all the information gathered from the initial discussion
and generate a proposal. The proposal will be specific to your project
and outlined by phases clearly showing the requirement to transition
your project from one phase to another.
III. Brainstorm Conceptual Design
- We will brainstorm conceptual designs with you analyzing your product
or machine details form, fit, and function. Your product idea together
with our many years of engineering product and machine development experience
we will develop an innovative design, solve difficult design problems,
discuss ergonomics and esthetics, and improve or strengthen your intellectual
- The design will be kept as simple as possible while maintaining your
design requirements and objectives. Manufacturing processes will be
addressed to ensure the product or machine is designed for manufacturability
and can be cost effectively produced. Domestic versus off-shore manufacturing
sources are considered and discussed based upon your expectations and
IV. Engineering Design
- The brainstormed conceptual design solution is engineered in latest
state-of-the-art SolidWorks 3D CAD (Computer Aid Design) virtual design
software. This 3D CAD format enables us to analyze the product in great
detail and make quick modifications to the design as needed through
the product development process. 3D CAD eliminates the cost of several
design iteration physical mock-ups reducing product development time
- 3D CAD shaded renderings will be made available to you through our
website. The files will be on our secure server and password protected
limiting access to only you and Fraitag Engineering. The shaded renderings
allow you to analyze perspective and orthogonal views, cross section
views, hide selected components within the assembly, and perform detailed
- A proof-of-design accurate functional prototype of the product is
produced using the most economic means available. Standard off-the-shelf
components and hardware are used as much as possible and the remaining
components are fabricated using rapid prototyping technology, CNC machining,
stamping, forming, or a combination thereof.
- A functional prototype allows you and engineer to validate the design
saving time and cost if modifications are required prior to entering
into production. The prototype can also be used for consumer or market
testing, customer or investor presentations, sales or catalog photographs,
VI. Design Refinement
- Performance testing and validation of the functional prototype occasionally
drive final design improvements and modifications prior to locking the
design for manufacturing. Slight changes also might be required to reduce
tooling and/or high volume manufacturing cost as determined by you.
Design modifications are done very quickly with the advanced SolidWorks
CAD software and all documentation is revision controlled to explicitly
show your product or machine development evolution.
VII. Intellectual Property Protection
- Your new product is now at the stage where it can best be presented
to a patent attorney assuming you desire to patent the idea or product.
By reviewing the engineered product design, 3D renderings, documentation,
and physical prototype, the patent attorney can appreciate the novel
and unique features of the product. We have strict documentation procedures
to assist and support you during the patent process. All notes, emails,
rough sketches, etc. are recorded and dated. All designs, 3d models,
detailed drawings, etc. are revision controlled to explicitly prove
your development process and validate your idea originality.
- Occasionally provisional patent applications are filed prior to this
stage and refined once the final design is locked and functional prototypes
VIII. Documentation Package
- A complete documentation package includes (but not limited to) product
or machine overview description, 3D CAD files, detailed dimensioned
drawings, schematics, bill of materials (BOM), assembly drawings and
procedures, prototype pictures, and any beneficial product development
IX. Production Manufacturing
- Fraitag Engineering offers you partnerships with select high quality
approved domestic and off-shore manufacturers to assist your production
manufacturing. Tooling and individual components can be manufacture
for your internal assembly operation or products can be fully assembled,
packed, imported, and ready for market.
Frequently Fraitag Engineering is presented with a product, machine, and/or
tool idea that has gone through several of the above development phases
but is stalled for one reason or another. We can pick up a partially developed
product and complete the development process in a timely manor.
Whether you are a large company, a small company, or an inventor
with an idea, let us assist you through the design and development process.
Our success is based upon your success; we have an excellent track record
creating new innovative custom designs that exceed customer requirements.
Give us a call or fill out our information
request form for more information. Let us help
turn your idea into a reality.