Detail design is the design phase that starts after the conceptual and embodiment design phases have ended and aims to deliver a complete product description.
Theory and Application
When designing, traditionally one tries to progress from requirements to an acceptable solution that is as optimal as possible. According to Pahl and Beitz (1996) during the design process, several phases are completed. Detail design comes after the conceptual design, where a working concept is selected that will fulfill the intended functionalities. “This includes the complete specification of the geometry, materials, and tolerances of all of the unique parts in the product and the identification of all of the standard parts to be purchased from suppliers. A process plan is established and tooling is designed for each part to be fabricated within the production system” (Ulrich and Eppinger 2008).