If so, we have a few tips that could be useful.
Of course, it is really important that you make sure that all the main boxes are checked:
- Offers a good client service.
- Has experience in related projects and the technology required to accomplish your project (equipment, software).
- Has a quick, nice and easy way of communicating with you.
- Will work within the budget/time requirements of your project.
These are all really basic requirements that any capable CAD designer/company should meet, and if they have those then all you have to do is make sure they are trustworthy, and have a good working reputation, you don’t want your magnificent idea being stolen after having a finished design, right?
So, you may be asking yourself:
Would I be ok just hiring a standalone product designer? Why would I need a company for CAD services?
Well, we might have a biased opinion regarding that, but if there’s something we are certain of, it’s that a company will provide the best value, most of the time.
When working with a company there are LOTS of factors that are to your benefit; teams have more experience, have executed many more projects, know the core and quirks of the job you will require, and also have a good deal of connections within the industry that will definitely help, so they are more likely to do a good job than a single freelance designer.
This doesn’t mean that the freelancer can’t get the work done, but most of them will take longer and not bring exactly the quality or the ideas that your project needs to be great. Not to mention that working at an hourly rate, not having great access to resources and connections and not having refund policies can definitely mean more expenses for you!
Imagine going through all that with the wrong freelancer, just to find out that a portion of your budget is basically wasted because in the middle of the project he realized that he wouldn’t be able to deliver what you needed, and now you have to give your product to a more capable team? Not very efficient.
A really important thing to keep in mind, is that if you go with a design company that will allow you establish a single work relationship on which to base your entire process of design, prototyping and manufacturing in-house, avoiding confusions and complicated information transfer between several freelancers/manufacturers becomes much easier.