When making a new product, a maximum threshold of the manufacturing price is always taken into account. But how can you achieve economical manufacturing?

When we have our initial meeting with the client, it’s important to find out the target price for manufacturing the product and whether they are able to make investments in tooling. If they cannot make investments, it will significantly limit the types of materials we can use.

It’s important to generate many proposals to inspire innovative ideas during the design and sketching process. However, once the designs are chosen, we should focus on selecting realistic proposals with production potential.

As a product design engineering studio, it’s crucial to have a deep understanding of the manufacturing processes to be used. It should be noted that there are processes that may be more costly but can also yield greater results. Communication with the client is fundamental in the entire development process as he must be aware of the changes (especially economic, which is what worries him most) that may result in the finished product.

To achieve economical or effective manufacturing it is also very important to know the manufacturers and their specialty. Each company, despite perhaps being from the same sector, has a specialty and machinery to make a type of product, so knowing their capabilities is essential for a product to come out at a better price or with the characteristics desired by the customer.

The materials used can also determine the price of a product, knowing the characteristics of the materials, how they work and their price is significant when making a successful product design.

Although we test all these premises, it does not necessarily mean that we get the price that the customer sets for us since there are many factors that determine the price of a product such as the price of the material, the complexity of the product, the working hours, the industrial processes, the handling… it is for this reason that when setting a target price, it must be realistic. The goal is to strike a balance between offering a good price and a quality product, ultimately ensuring customer satisfaction. It’s important to recognize that it’s difficult to achieve something that is good, beautiful, and inexpensive all at once, but we can strive to do our best.

At Designplast we always design with a focus on manufacturing and we always look for strategies to make the product as economical as possible. Of course, it’s crucial to prioritize aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability as the three fundamental pillars for creating a top-notch product.