We build technical products

We'll use engineering and design to help you through all the stages of the development process:

IDEA:

A good early strategy can make or break a project.

Conceptualize

Starting with a good product definition is extremely important. We will help you nail down the goals for your project and generate a wide variety of concepts. 

Research

We’ll evaluate existing technologies and tear down competitor products to find opportunities for improvement. This will help to give you a competitive edge and avoid spending time on problems that have already been solved.

Plan

Technology development can be daunting. We’ll help you navigate the different approaches to design, prototyping, and manufacturing and help you choose the best combination that fits your goals. 

PROTOTYPE:

The most iterative phase of the process, this is where we move from paper, to CAD, to physical parts.

Design

Mechanical engineering is one of our main strengths and it’s the step where we transform your idea into a viable design. Below are a handful of our specialties. If your technology has a major electronic or aesthetic component, we can partner with one of our favorite electrical or industrial design groups. 

  • 3D CAD (Solidworks, Fusion 360, Onshape)
  • Systems engineering
  • Component selection
  • Design for assembly
  • Design for manufacturing
  

Build

We are firm believers in building prototypes early and often. We’ll use the rapid prototyping techniques below to move from CAD to physical parts as quickly as possible:

  • Additive manufacturing (FDM, SLA, SLS)
  • Quick turn machining
  • Bent sheet metal
  • Urethane and silicone casting
  • Laser or waterjet cutting

Test

We’ll verify the prototypes both through physical testing and computer simulation. Below are some of the test methods we use:

  • Theoretical modeling
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Data collection (pressure, temperature, various sensors)
  • Slow motion, time lapse, and microscopic video recording

PRODUCT:

The transition from prototype to high volume product presents its own set of challenges.

Scale-up

Prototype manufacturing processes aren’t effective once you need to make hundreds or thousands of parts. We are comfortable designing for a wide range of manufacturing techniques including:

  • Injection molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Bent sheet metal
  • Aluminum casting
  • Liquid silicone rubber molding

Automate

When outsourcing isn’t and option, we can help to automate your in-house assembly. Here are some of the custom automated processes we have previously built:

  • Glue dispensing
  • Heat sealing
  • Liquid handling
  • Pneumatic hand-off and clamping
  • Stitching

Tell the story

Development is only half of the battle for some commercial products. We can help with some of the early business building tasks or refer you to some of our favorite partners for:

  • Branding
  • Web design
  • Product photography
  • Packaging
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