Product Design & Development
Figure 1. Design tools such as ZEMAX are used to optimize system parameters.
Once the early prototypes demonstrate functionality and the basic system architecture is chosen, individual subsystems need to be optimized to yield the final product design. This phase of development takes the product from prototype stage to manufacturability.
We focus on overall system design, as well as optics and fluidics subsystem design, and leverage our development partners (see Fields of Expertise) to deliver the desired solution to our clients.
The approach used at Kinetic River during this phase parallels that of the engineering and prototyping phase, but each step is worked out more extensively and to a greater level of detail:
- full requirements definition
- system architecture and interface definition
- detailed subsystem design
- subsystem and overall test strategies
- assembly and test fixtures definition
- final part selection and Bill of Materials
- design documentation
and, if second-generation prototypes are desired:
- procurement (including fixtures)
- test report generation
The outcome of this process is a documented and verified design, and second-generation engineering prototypes. The product is ready for transfer to Manufacturing.