Are you looking for engineering services to supplement your in-house design team? Mechanical engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering or anything in between can be successfully outsourced to save your company time and money. In this week’s blog, we take a look at the six most commonly outsourced engineering services and discuss why companies choose to outsource.
- Product Development and Design
New product development, or Research and Development (R&D), is among the most popularly outsourced design services. Utilizing professional engineering support for product development and design allows companies to bring their product to market much faster. R&D involves bringing your idea to a team of highly skilled engineers and allowing them to convert your ideas into usable final products.
- CAD and Drafting
CAD, or computer-aided design, and Drafting are another of the top most commonly outsourced engineering services. CAD can range anywhere from creating electronic blueprints, assembling drawings and manufacturing detailed drawings in a software, such as SOLIDWORKS. These can then be converted between 2D and 3D drawing formats in order to edit, share and archive models easily. Design services can be a time-consuming process if not done by an experienced professional, which is why most companies choose to outsource.
- Simulation and Analysis
All product development requires analysis. Will your product work as intended? Where do changes need to be made? These are questions that can be answered through simulation and analysis. Conducting the research and simulation processes involved in analyzing a product or part is tedious and needs to be done accurately in order for the end product to be successful. For help with FEA linear, non-linear and CFD projects, find an engineering firm who offers design services or analysis services.
- Reverse Engineering
Reverse Engineering is, in short, the process of taking apart a final product and figuring out how it works. Data is captured from the end product and that information can then be used to duplicate the object or provide greater insight into making a new product. With reverse engineering, the engineer will typically create a CAD model of the object and capture data from this model that can then be used to redesign or improve the object. Reverse engineering can help improve manufacturing efficiency, update the product or redesign certain aspects of the product.
- Technical Documentation
Technical documentation refers to the recording of the functionality, architecture and other important development aspects of a product. Documentation is a necessary part of any engineering task. TriMech’s team of design engineers can help improve the efficiency of documentation by improving the process by which it’s done and increasing the security of data.
- Engineering Consulting
In addition to offering design and analysis services, you want to look for a provider who also has engineering consulting services. These services can include help with technical documentation, machining, low volume rapid prototyping and more. If you don’t know where to start or need help finding a solution to a problem you’re facing, contact an engineering service provider and allow their engineering talent to assess your situation and help you develop a strategy.
Would your company benefit from outsourcing design, analysis or consulting services? Our team of experienced engineers have these core capabilities. Check out our Engineering Services page or contact us to learn more!