Rapid Product
Development II



RPD Objective Procedures & Strategies

The tools for effectively and efficiently decode requirements from users or market to evolve new or enhance existing products in a globally competitive environment, involves the product design and development process with considerations for multi-disciplinary and collaborative design, as well as the adoption of information and communication and processing technologies for design, simulating, prototyping and manufacturing.

RPD Structure - Phases involve identification of market opportunity, key concepts, methodologies for detail design and prototype making. Techniques and Tools to Facilitate and Shorten Product Design and Development; Emerging Trends according:

Product Design Planning

a. Identify Market Opportunities
b. Evaluate and Prioritise Projects
c. Allocate Resources and Plan Timing
d. Comprehensive Pre-project Planning


Product Requirements Identification

a. Define the Product Requirements Scope
b. Gather and Infer Data
c. Management Requirements
d. Establish Worth
e. Permanent Development Improvement

Product Architecture

a. Translate and Realize Functional Requirements
b. Determine Types of Product Architecture
c. According to Impacts – Market and Environment

Product Specifications

a. Establish Target Specifications
b. Refine Specifications
c. Functional Analysis
d. Review on the Results and the Process

Design for Manufacturing

a. Preliminary Project Estimates
b. Factored Project Estimates
c. Detailed Project Estimates
d. Address Manufacturability Issues Early in the Design Cycle
e. Identify Costly Aspects of Design
f. Iterate Process to Improve Design and Reduce Costs

Concept Generation/Selection

a. Concept Selection Matrix
b. Rate and Rank Concepts
c. Combine and Improve
d. Select Best Concept
e. Review the Process

Computer Aided Product Design

a. Shape Design & Styling
b. Product Design and Functional Evaluations and Manufacturing Planning
c. Product Lifecycle Management
d. Internet-facilitated Collaborative Product Design

Industrial Design

a. Design Visualization and Communication Methods
b. Form Design Basics
c. Functional Analysis
d. Ergonomics Principles

Prototyping and Modelling

a. Determining Prototypes Functions
b. Principles and Types of Prototypes According to product design
c. According Prototyping Technologies
d. Virtual Prototyping
e. Modelling and Simulation


a. RT – Rapid Tooling
b. Full Production Tooling

Product Development Economics

a. Product Economics
b. Cost and Schedule Variance Analyses and Reports
c. Net Present Value
d. Sensitivity and Trade-off
e. Analysis for Development

Product Manufacturing

a. Manufacturing Process
b. Contractors and Suppliers Assessment and Recommendation
c. Safety, Training, Operation and Equipment Manuals

Knowledge Management Applications

a. Developing KM applications
b. Using the proceedings applied in the product development and introduction of a Rapid Product Development KM system

RPD available commercial Services

An extremely vast group of commercial services is now available. These include:

  • Stereolithography
  • Selective Laser Sintering
  • Laminated Object
  • Vacuum Castings
  • High Speed Machining
  • Laser Engraving
  • Z-Corp Model making
  • Thermojet Modelling



  • Sand Casting
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering of tool inserts
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Techniques of Injection
  • Virtual Prototyping & Simulation
  • Modelling & Simulation
  • Processes Simulation
  • Rapid Manufacturing

The new activities that the industrial organizations should offer and promote are:

a. Courses of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, tooling making, CAD-CAM
b. Advanced apprenticeships, studies of simulation techniques and RP Decision–Support.
c. Development of new Techniques of Administration of Managerial Project –
RPD–Rapid Product Development.
d. Transfer of Technology–Methods & Systems



Due to the requirement of improving products quality and the pressing time constraints, the essential evaluation of all feasible design alternatives with lowest cost and time is required actually for a sustainable product development.

Computer aided design; manufacturing and analysis technologies provide a valuable resource tool for the innovative design. Recent advances in technologies like reverse and concurrent engineering, rapid prototyping, virtual prototyping, simulation and rapid tooling are progressively improving fast, inexpensive practices to create parts directly from computer aided design models. The promising way allowed by these technologies are giving outstanding significance to the engineering process and the impact will be revolutionary for the worldwide industries.

The experience of the experts in this area are encouraging to introduce these technologies as part of engineering modern technologies & associated equipments as well as software for Rapid Product Development in large-scale industries like automobile, aerospace, research institution like defence, space and small-scale industries and other application fields like biomedical, art and archaeology.

Traditional manufacturers need to learn and have a platform and ways to incorporate rapid prototyping technologies in the business. The manufacturers need to understand that rapid product development is definitively become established and adopt its related technologies rapidly.


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