For over two decades we’ve been at the forefront of design & innovation. Here’s how we do it…

UNDERSTAND : Briefing Workshop

A workshop session held with the client in order to identify opportunities, problems and priorities within a proposed design development program.

Formworks will spend anywhere between a half day and a week working with clients. This allows us to gain a deep understanding of not only the requirements of the product, but also of the client’s company culture, in order to deliver a design solution that embodies the aspirations of the client.

IDENTIFY : Research

Drawing on opportunities uncovered and problems identified during the briefing workshop, our Design Team will conduct research into consumer needs, trend forecasting, technologies, materials and appropriate production processes. Often this research is provided by the client, however we recommend utilising our expertise and contacts to get the best result. 

We are able to draw from a multidisciplinary network of consultants ensuring we have the best possible knowledge base to build upon.

CREATE : Conceptual Design


Utilising techniques such as sketching, rough CAD modelling, basic mock-ups and proof of concept prototypes, Formworks will develop a number of solutions and concept directions.

At this stage, manufacturing processes and technologies will be identified. Sufficient information will be generated for obtaining cost estimations of tooling and production to ensure the design is kept economically viable.

REFINE : Design Development


Drawing on the feedback from the client on the selected concept direction we will begin to define the product in more detail. We will utilise our high-end CAD software and online communication tools to regularly update the client on the product development progress. During this stage, more accurate data will be able to be generated to obtain manufacturing costs. We will make use of rapid prototyping technology to produce models suitable for fit and function testing and real-world evaluation of the design.

DELIVER : Detailing & Production Management


The engineering phase of a product can have just as much impact as the design itself.

From producing engineering drawings to evaluating parts, Formworks has the ability to deliver your product from an idea to the final off-tool samples. Our additional service of production management will help ensure that the design integrity is maintained throughout the production set-up phase. If required Formworks can use its network of manufacturing contacts to establish a cost-effective production and distribution program.

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