This is where a thorough understanding of various principles is crucial. Engineering, physics and materials science and how all of them relate to design, manufacturing and mechanical systems is essentially the premise behind the Mechanical Engineering stage. Considered one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines, it is still required as part of the journey from idea to reality.
A mechanical engineer is far more than your extra design person. In fact, the ME requires knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and the principles of electricity.
The role played by a mechanical engineer in the development process of turning your idea into reality is extensive. Their responsibilities are as varied as their knowledge base and include:
- Design or the redesign of your product using test analysis and CAD
- The development and testing of prototypes
- Analyze issues that result from product testing and change designs where needed
- Build and supervise the manufacturing of prototypes
With the assistance of CAE (computer-aided engineering) and CAD software, design and analysis, a mechanical engineer has additional tools to work with along with 2D and 3D models during the design and analysis processes. The benefits to these are many and include:
- Easy and exhaustive product visualization opportunities
- The capability of creating virtual parts
- Simplified design requirements for mating interfaces and tolerances
The CAE programs employed by the Mechanical Engineering department here at Prototype Monster provide product life cycle and analysis tools that enable complex, real-life simulations. These simulations can reveal potential weaknesses in the design of your product that can be corrected and retested. Other tools that may come into play, depending on the product being tested include:
- FEA – Finite Element Analysis
- FEA – Computational Fluid Dynamics
- CAM – Computer-aided Manufacturing
With the assistance of CAE programs, your product will be designed and redesigned to meet cost, performance and other potential constraints. These results are available quickly and can be adapted far cheaper than having to start at the beginning again with a redesign of your original product idea. At Prototype Monster we utilize the best computer programs available for Mechanical Engineering. Plus, we use all the standard programs that are currently used by the best Mechanical Engineers on the planet.
Essentially, Mechanical Engineering finds better and cheaper ways to produce your product. It may mean finite or radical design changes but without the assistance of a Mechanical Engineer, your idea may not get much further along the route to reality. That is why we have included an extensive Mechanical Engineering department here at Prototype Monster. Mechanical Engineers are the experts on how to turn your product from an idea into a winner.
At Prototype Monster we can take your idea along that journey to reality. Mechanical Engineering is an important step along that route. Prototype Monster is based in South Florida. We are a design and engineering firm that provides service to clients across the United States and Caribbean.