Are you looking for help with research and ideation to build your new product? Do you have a currently produced item in need of a subtle, or not-so-subtle, tweak? If the answer is yes to those questions, we can help.
East West’s Design Services offers expert consultation with a team of design engineers specializing in mechanical or electro-mechanical components, sub-assemblies or projects. Whether you’re looking for a major redesign for technical purposes or to reduce costs, we will work with you to take your product specifications and turn them into a production-ready design.
Engaging East West’s Design Services teams minimizes the risk of
fumbling the hand-off from design to manufacturing. The same team
that designs your product, makes your product.
Vice President of Engineering
Cost and Time to Market
With access to designers in the U.S. and overseas, our design services team can generate designs at a fraction of the cost of other firms. Using advanced technology like Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software, our design engineers can test your design prior to prototyping, saving you valuable time and money.
Partnering with our mechanical and electrical engineers, our design services team uses principles of Design for Manufacturability (DFM) and Design for Assembly (DFA), examining your product or specifications and looking for ways to reduce manufacturing costs without sacrificing performance. When it’s time to see how your design will look and perform as a physical piece, we offer 3D and CNC machined samples to move your project further down the path to production. By tapping into our engineering expertise, the most cost-effective processes and materials can be applied to your project from the start.
Our teams are familiar with working with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) at the earliest stages of product development. We know what to look for and what to expect. The fewer surprises the better. Positive relationships we have cultivated with OEMs over the years means a smoother transition from design to manufacturing for you.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis demonstrates how a system responds to conditions such as internal or external air- or water-flow, identifying fluid velocities, pressures and temperatures. Within minutes, our design engineer can evaluate an assortment of variables during simulation and review the impact of changes to existing designs. By utilizing CFD analysis during the design process, our design engineer is able to obtain a clear picture for making better informed decisions without having to create numerous prototypes for physical tests.
The result? CFD analysis allows for a quicker time to market while helping to create a better performing product at the lowest cost.
Design for Manufacturing
Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the method of design for ease of manufacturing of the assortment of parts that will form the product after assembly. DFM is primarily concerned with reducing overall part production cost and minimizing the complexity of manufacturing operations.
Design for Manufacturing is the process of designing or engineering a product so that it is easy to manufacture at the lowest possible price. The process should include review of the raw material selection, secondary processes (finishing, plating), dimensional requirements and even final packaging.
Design for Manufacturing aims to:
- Reduce material, overhead and labor cost
- Shorten the product development cycle
- Focus on standards to reduce cost
Key principles East West can help with in the DFM process:
- Minimize part count
- Standardize parts and materials
- Create modular assemblies
- Design for efficient joining
- Minimize re-orientation of parts during assembly and/or machining
- Simplify and reduce the number of manufacturing operations
- Specify ‘acceptable’ surface finishes for functionality