Designing a High-Tech Product?

What exactly is “high tech” anyway?  “High technology” is a very commonly used phrase defined as: “advanced technological development, especially in electronics.”

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But doesn’t almost every new product use high technology these days? Aren’t most new products using electronics in some form? As designers, we are creating new electronic devices, but there is always a part (and often a large part) of the design that is not electronic. Most new high-tech devices use a combination of electronic and physical designs.

So, the trick for designers and engineers creating new high-tech products is being able to accomplish both well. For example, as amazing as new smartphones are these days, if they were the size and weight of a brick, would we still buy them? The trick to designing a successful high-tech device is incorporating the electrical and mechanical components together to provide a solution that the customer loves.

What makes this task difficult is that the tools for electrical and mechanical don’t traditionally play well together, with little integration between electronics and mechanical design. SOLIDWORKS, however, offers a suite of tools to make this collaborative effort easy. Whether you are a single engineer designing both mechanical and electrical, or if this is two separate departments, or contractors, all of these tools work together in one environment.

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From designing injection-molded parts, testing thermal flow in electronics, wiring electrical components, and designing PCB boards, SOLIDWORKS provides an integrated set of tools you can use in all phases of development from concept through to manufacturing.

We have collected all of our high-tech materials, such as White Papers, Blogs, webinars, into one location on our site: SOLIDWORKS High-Tech page. This resource has many materials and information to help get you up to speed on how to create your next design. Check it out, and let us know if you have questions, or suggestions for new materials we should add here – we’re always listening.

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Cliff Medling

Cliff Medling

Cliff Medling is a Senior Marketing Manager at SolidWorks and the host for the Born to Design Podcast.