Wondering, why industrial design plays a crucial role in medical device manufacturing?
Industrial design determines the ultimate fate of the product in any manufacturing project. The objective of every product is to meet the end-user requirement, remain cost-effective, and match the contemporary industry standards of innovation, technology and, aesthetics.
When it comes to Medical or Healthcare Devices, Industrial Design becomes more crucial, as the product will directly impact user’s health & wellness. In this article, we’ve tried unfolding different aspects of Industrial Design in Medical Device Manufacturing.
What is Industrial Design?
Industrial Design focuses on analyzing the medical device for appearance, feasibility, functionality, user-experience and manufacturability. Involving industrial design at every step of the process ensures quality product with lower production costs and short product development cycle.
6 Steps in Industrial Design to develop a successful medical device
Here we have collaborated key steps under medical device industrial design process which eventually ensure a successful and scalable product.
- Idea feasibility testing
- Competitive analysis
- Marketing Projection analysis
- Material & vendor analysis
- Cost structuring
- End-user satisfaction
Step #1. Idea feasibility testing
At this stage we test and analyze whether the idea is economically & functionally feasible and scalable. For an instance we analyze the design on multiple parameters including shape, size,
Step #2. Competitive analysis
It is important to compare and analyze the standing of the idea against already established products in mind. The market success eventually depends on the uniqueness of your product so it’s important to compare to avoid redundant idea.
Step #3. Market projection analysis
The process of market analysis involves checking the target buyers of the product. It also involves critical analysis of reception rate of the similar product in the past.
Step #4. Material & vendor analysis
Once product idea is confirmed, material analysis and procurement sources are identified and confirmed. The vendor analysis and selection for various components must be done at a preliminary level to avoid delay at the later stage of the development.
Step #5. Cost structuring
Proper analysis of vendor network is done to compare cost and list out the best vendors providing quality components at best price.
Step #6. End-user satisfaction
Finally, once the design is confirmed the idea is checked for efficiency in the end-user environment. Once, the idea qualifies it is transferred to the prototyping where multiple iterations are created to transform it into scalable product.
Why is Industrial Design important in Medical Device Manufacturing?
Industrial Design involves weighing an idea on multiple grounds to manufacture a product which serves user delight. Incorporating Industrial Design in Medical Device Manufacturing is important for:
- Making Devices Aesthetically appealing without compromising usability and applications
- Ensuring cost optimized manufacturing
- Ensuring safety of the medical devices being manufactured
- Offering a greater variety of products
- Creating ergonomic products to fulfill user requirements
- Impart flexibility during manufacturing
- Implementing in-process Quick Design changes
- Shorter Product Development Cycle
Johari’s Expertise in Design and Engineering
Our 40+ years of experience as the best OEM/ODM/Contract manufacturer makes us efficient in handling complex projects. An idea at our end is viewed from multiple angles. We assist the process by re-design, cost optimization, and material/parts procurement. The 360-degree analysis of the project idea initially ensures synergy between the industrial design & manufacturing/development cycle.