The Difference Between Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Mako

by | Sep 12, 2019 | Design, Educational, Electronic Design, Industrial Design, Mechanical Design

About Mako Design + Invents’ In-House Engineering

There’s a lot that can be said about mechanical vs. electrical engineering here at Mako Design + Invent. As a product development firm, there are a lot of special aspects about Mako Design + Invent that makes it special and separates it from other design and product development firms. One of which is how we cater our services toward small businesses and home inventors. Another is how we feature in-house industrial design, mechanical and electrical engineering and design services to help product our client’s products all the way from a concept design and sketch to a fully functioning prototype. After we hold our free product consultations with our product analyst, Ryan Davidson, we begin to plan a product design process which includes initial sketching, concept design, and then prototyping.

Undoubtedly, one of the most important and highly anticipated part of the product design process is the prototype phase as the design team and clients are most excited in seeing the physical version of the product. It’s important for our clients to have full transparency in how their product is made step-by-step, which is why we emphasize clear communication between our designers and engineers with the client to ensure that their product is made the way they expect to it to be. At Mako Design + Invent, we hope to not only deliver top-notch products, but to teach our clients everything that goes into creating a quality product ready to market!

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Mechanical Vs. Electrical Engineering

 One of the most common questions we get about the design process is the difference between the different kinds of designers and engineers we have here on our team. In this blog we’ll discuss the main differences between mechanical vs. electrical engineering and how these roles can do and help your product.

Mechanical vs. Electrical Engineering – Mechanical Engineering at Mako

To help understand the difference between mechanical vs. electrical engineering, lets take a look at our product design process. At Mako Design + Invent, once we understand your product and invention idea, we being to work on the concept design. During the concept design phase, we figure out the look, feel, and most importantly, the functionality of your product. Most products almost always require a large mechanical build and aspect in order to make the proposed product to function and work seamlessly. Because we do all of our mechanical engineering within the space here at Mako Design + Invent it is easier to create the mechanical functions of our client’s product as fast as possible with direct communication and transparency with our mechanical engineers.

Mechanical engineering includes using skills in order to product new or improved machines or tools. Some of the main focuses within mechanical engineering is working on the design of how power, energy, aircraft and transportation work with a product. Another large aspect in understanding the difference between mechanical vs. electrical engineering is that in mechanical engineering, there is a huge emphasis on heat and temperature work in combination with the products functionality. This means that if you’re planning on making a product that is temperature dependent or made for the outdoors (example for winter or summer), mechanical engineering will most likely need to be involved to make sure your product functions properly.  

Mechanical engineering includes looking over design plans to make sure to address and fix and possible issues that can occur within the functionality of the product and running simulations and procedures on machines. (Examples of mechanical work is the work done on engines and freezers). Want to know whose part of our mechanical engineering team at Mako Design + Invent? Visit Demsey’s staff spotlight to learn about everything he does at Mako and some tips on design.

Mechanical Vs. Electrical Engineering – Electrical Engineering at Mako

Similar to what we offer for our in-house mechanical engineering and design services, we offer the exact same for electrical engineering! This is where most clients get confused because they don’t know the difference of mechanical vs. electrical engineering and which services are most needed or ideal for their product. Luckily, the difference between both types of engineering are pretty distinct. In electrical engineering, there is a focus on the design of electronics, the use of power, and electrical systems. Electrical engineering also deals with motors, navigation systems, telecommunication systems and anything that has power generation.

When comparing and contrasting mechanical vs. electrical engineering, the responsibilities that both roles play are vastly different. The main responsibilities within electrical engineering is to develop and install electrical equipment found present in electronic devices (such as music players, gps systems, and phones). The type of electrical equipment that is most commonly installed in such devices are electrical circuit boards, other wise known as, PCB’s. You can learn more about what PCB’s are and how they are used in your product in our super informative blog here! If your curious about who’s apart of the electrical engineering team at Mako Design + Invent, check out Navdeeps’ #MeetMako blog!

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.

From design to manufacturing your prototype, research the players involved

If you are hiring a professional design and development firm to create your product, do some research before selecting the firm. This also applies to the manufacturing stage of your product. You may need to work with multiple manufacturers for various parts of your product. Does the factory incorporate alternative sources of energy such as solar or wind into the manufacturing process? Are outputs and waste managed responsibly? Does it take steps to offset the CO2 produced during manufacturing?



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