Research & Development
Testing and evaluating a mechanical design to ensure that it meets the required specifications and performance standards. This can include:
- Evaluating the design against engineering principles and standards, as well as testing the design under simulated or actual operating conditions.
- R&D is driven by the pursuit of innovation—whether it’s creating something entirely new or enhancing existing technologies. Innovation can involve the development of new materials, the discovery of new processes, or the invention of new mechanisms.
- Before committing significant resources, engineers conduct feasibility studies to assess whether the proposed design or product can be realized technically and economically. These studies evaluate the practicality of the project and its potential for success.
- Engineers and designers brainstorm to generate a wide range of ideas to solve a given problem. They use creativity tools like mind mapping, sketching, and 3D modeling to visualize potential solutions.
- The goal is to identify and correct any issues or defects in the design before it is put into production or use, to ensure that the final product will perform as intended.
- This validation process can include various tests, simulations, and analysis methods, such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and physical testing.