Design 1st provides a wide spectrum of physical design services including:
Design 1st’s industrial design and mechanical planning team are experts in developing products that balance the requirements of customer needs, cost of manufacture and manufacturing practicality. We take a close look at competitive and complimentary products to get a strong understanding of how best to differentiate your design. Starting with sketching and hand models we reproduce all of the functions, ergonomics, graphics and visual form requirements for the new design. In the process of form, function and feature determination, intellectual property opportunities may come up which we bring to your attention. We can help with writing patents and Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) applications. When a display based interface is involved we have simulation tools to help you determine display size/layout, keys and controls required for achieving a simple to use product. For complex keys and display interfaces we hire and manage human factors interaction design firms for you.
Detailed Design and Documentation
Electronics Design and PCB Layout
Design 1st works closely with your electronics team or a selected contract services hardware development team. Our industry standard design tools allow us to capture designs quickly and provide a seamless interface to the PCB layout group for efficient circuit component layout, thermal checking and board prototyping. For turnkey product design we work closely with your selected electronics design firm and can introduce you to electronics firms large and small to suit your specific need and budget.
Design 1st helps companies design, refine and build quick prototypes and low volume product thru outside suppliers and our in-house machining center and finishing shop. With the design drawings and 3D CAD databases, Design 1st can have parts made, finished and physical assemblies built to allow you to assess and test the final designs before investing in expensive production tooling. We can revise part drawings and follow the design through tool build, compliance testing and pre-production. This ensures the product is transitioned to full production smoothly and effectively. If needed, we can introduce you to a variety of local and offshore suppliers and manufacturers to suit your build plans.