A (near-universal) truth in manufacturing: A finished product will only be as good as the design from which it was created. Does that seem like common sense? Let’s look a little more closely at the statement — and then at some reasons why it might not be quite as simple as it seems.
By a “good” product, we mean a successful one: of high quality, useful to the buyer, safe and profitable for you. In terms of the “design” used to create the product, we’re really talking about the product design process: The early stage of product development where you flesh out your initial concept and create a workable design to use for prototyping, testing and production. It’s more than just moving from concept sketch to CAD drawing — it should be a product design process.