Having basic sketches in hand, SmileyRides had a vision for what they wanted the product to become. Taking these initial sketches and producing a more detailed conceptual design, SmileyRides was excited to see the vision come to life. After the conceptual design phase was completed, the detailed design process began and developed the conceptual design into a fully functional and manufacturable design. Having a functional design allowed SmileyRides to not only visualize, but conduct customer feedback and make the necessary changes to fit the needs of customers.
Using parametric design/engineering software, we were able to create their initial concept and make modifications relatively easy during design review processes. Once a final design was approved, prototype parts were created using 3D Printing to quickly evaluate the design. Compared to conventional fabrication/manufacturing methods, the cost of using the 3D Printing process was over 1200% less and was done in 4-5 days compared to 6-8 weeks. This lower cost solution allowed for multiple prototypes to be produced.