Is "We do R&D" or "We do hardware R&D", where "R&D" is used as a noun, more correct than "We R&D hardware", where "R&D" is used as a verb?
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It depends entirely on what your organization defines "R&D" as. I would expect ordinarily that it stands for Research and Development, in which case "verbing" the acronym would be non-standard usage; but it could equally well stand for "Refine and Deliver" or "Request and Demolish", which would make "we do hardware R&D" the non-standard usage.
In short, if the "R" and "D" are short for a particular part of speech, then use the abbreviation as that part of speech.
"We r&d hardware" is hands down the best way to say this. More specifically, if you did something along the lines of: