Harmonix: RockBand
Engineering and Design for Manufacturing
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  • Goddard partnered with Harmonix and MTV Games to take models of the RockBand game controllers and rapidly prepare them for high volume manufacturing. We were presented with solid aesthetic models of the Beatles RockBand guitars along with the core components for the drums. One of our requirements was to conduct all engineering and design for manufacturing efforts in under four months.

    In order to prepare a manufacturable design, our work commenced with an analysis of all the provided internal components, external aesthetic requirements, and manufacturing quality goals. Then we went to task developing mechanical mock-ups of all functional components to test the mechanical interactions of the devices.

    In just short of our four month deadline, we prepared all unique Beatles replica guitar game controllers for tool release. Post tool release, we assisted Harmonix in the packaging and quality oversight of the manufactured products.