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Glossary of Product Design Terms

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There are 5 terms in this directory beginning with the letter O.
Off-Tool Sample (OTS, FOTR or First off-tool)
Initial sample created using production tooling. Used to check design and ‘tune’ tooling prior to making production quantities. Common to have at least 2 generations of OTS (OTS1, OTS2, etc.) as first OTS will often not have cosmetic finishes applied to tool.
Form that consists of natural flowing surfaces.
Original Design Manufacturer (ODM)
A company that designs and develops goods that are being sold by other brands.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
A company that manufactures products based on the design and specifications provided by an other company.
Outside the box
Thinking about ideas outside an existing conceptual framework.