The Muse project, started with a product vision and lab research to prove feasibility from our client. Fusion started the industrial design process from the beginning of the project, while systems engineering worked with the client to define the product requirements.

The first step in the industrial design process is to create early sketches and concepts along with foam-core mockups of the design. Once the concepts are narrowed, additional features and interfaces are added and the concept is fleshed out in Illustrator renderings. The final concept is eventually chosen and 3D CAD files are created by the mechanical engineers working with industrial design. This is an important step as the industrial designer’s vision needs to be translated into a working mechanical and manufacturable instrument.

Mechanical design was responsible for translating the industrial design into the final commercial product and designing for manufacturing. Mechanical engineering also designed the sample tray, auto loading, the enclosure and support structure, optical and PCBA mounting, display mounting and overall mechanical structure.

Electrical engineering designed the electronics, cabling and system architecture. They interface electrically with scanners, sensors and microscopes to allow for control of the system.

Software engineering created the embedded control of the system, allowing application software to interface the user to the basic functions of the instrument.

Optical engineering refined the lab bench optics and determined the best way to implement the optics in the final commercial instrument.

Systems engineering designed the overall architecture, provided guidance during system integration and managed the prototypes and clinical unit builds for the client. They also provided transfer to engineering support.