Selecting The Right Mechanical Design Engineering Service Provider

By Nilav Choksi

Principle Engineer

VOLANSYS Technologies

January 24, 2022


Selecting The Right Mechanical Design Engineering Service Provider

Every small or large system has numerous mechanical components that need critical mechanical design engineering.

Be it a tablet, a multimedia device, a simple handheld device, aircraft components, cooling and heating systems, industrial equipment, complex machinery, medical devices or robotics. Development of these systems are highly dependent on the user experience, robustness of design, ease of use, compact structure, and optimization. Mechanical design engineering services help design such components. 

Mechanical design or product design services include creating assembly drawings that are used in different types of structural designs, architectural schematics, and mechanical assemblies. The drawings can then be converted into sketches to 2D & 3D CAD Modeling, developing 2D drafts for increasing the efficiency and correctness of the drafts and drawings.

Many mechanical design engineering service providers can design the exterior of a product with impressive 3D rendering. However, operating requirements are also important. In addition, OEMs often discard these, which can cause costly reengineering down the road. All of this can be mitigated by choosing the right mechanical design engineering service provider.

An experienced mechanical design engineering service ensures the product will last while performing its functions successfully with aesthetics, ease of use, form factor, and durability.

However, choosing the right mechanical design engineering service provider can be challenging. Consider below checkpoints to select the right mechanical design engineering service provider.

 1. Pick a Comprehensive Mechanical Design Engineering Service Provider

Evaluate the mechanical design service providers that provide both expertise and value. Create the product/project budget requirements and after that select the vendor that can identify mechanical requirements easily, collect relevant information about the mechanical components, do the feasibility study, and can mold manufacturable concepts into the final mechanical product.

It is always advisable to select the vendor that can support the mold manufacturing to T0 samples fabrication and machine assembly to the Final T1 samples fabrication with dispatch. They must also support the mechanical design standard and simulation strategies to give quality deliverables to the customer and  provide the best outcome out of your investment.

2.  Evaluate Mechanical Design and Development Process

The basic requirements for a quality design is to implement the proven processes starting from the requirements to the mechanical mold manufacturing, followed by the final product assemblies and deliverables. The selected service provider should be ISO certified and must be following the best proven practices for the product development process. This will allow products to market on time and within budget. The service provider should use the modular approach and phase wise execution for better deliverables of the mechanical design and mold. VOLANSYS’ mechanical design experts follows the more systematic process as represented below:


Mechanical Design Engineering Process

 3.  Be Concerned About Mechanical Design, Simulation, and Hardware tools

Evaluate whether mechanical vendors are using upgraded and/or latest versions of design and simulation tools, such as Autodesk Sketchbook, Solidworks, Keyshot, Creo 5.0,  CATIA, and others, to know whether they are able to comply with endurance and Ipx4 or higher version certification requirements. The supported software packages and the support tools play a major role to achieve the compliant product design. The hardware tools, materials, and equipment are also one of the requirements to validate the design, to ensure a more bug free design.

 4.  Check Geographical Proximity Effects

Geographical distance does not matter for the giants as they are accustomed to working remotely and have the right tools in place. However, small scale businesses can have access to local mechanical design service providers for better collaboration, understanding and hardware access, data security, in-house resource involvement, and effective collaboration and communication.

5. Ensure Explicit Communication & Reporting Process

Vendors must communicate with the clients regularly, in addition to maintaining good communication during design and development stages. It is always advisable to assess the communication and stay informed throughout the design process. The mechanical design provider must communicate DFM and Mold Flow Analysis of the design, followed by the mold fabrication queries to T0 samples review till the T1 samples review to complete the mold processes in time to launch the product within a specific timeframe.

Nilav Choksi is working with VOLANSYS Technologies as Tech Lead under PES Hardware design domain. He has a total 9 years of diversified experience in the field of Embedded Hardware board design, Wireless domain for consumer, Aerospace and industrial Electronics. He has end-to-end product development experience, starting from customer requirements to design, development, and hardware bring-up to implementation to product certification to Manufacturing.