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Product Design Tips

Product innovation spans from manufacturing through to market-ready product innovations. Design 1st has decades of product development experience which has given us an in-depth insight into the manufacturing challenges, prototyping process and material selection associated with product design. Check-out some of the knowledge we have gained in the whitepapers below.

Product Design Checklist
Product Design Checklist

Product Design Checklist

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Design for Manufacturing
Design for Manufacturing

Production & Manufacturing Guidelines

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Design for Reliability
Design for Reliability

Concepts, Causes and Identification

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Design for Maintainablity
Design for Maintainablity

Principles, Modularity and Rules

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Product Look
Product Look

Styling, Aesthetics and Color

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Design for Colour
Design for Colour

Getting the Colour of Chocolate Right

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Engineering Guides


The details of product design begin to get more complicated as you move forward down the development path, below are a list of engineering guide resources we use to make part, material and prototype decisions.

Bolt Grade Markings
Bolt Grade Markings

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Material Properties
Material Properties

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Drill Size Chart
Drill Size Chart

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Air Flow Resistance
Air Flow Resistance

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Our eNewsletter

CYWL - YoYo
CYWL - YoYo

This is the first all-plastic yoyo ever produced to truly capture the play value of metal.

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GoldenEar - HiFi Speakers
GoldenEar - HiFi Speakers

GoldenEar has been honored by winning the prestigious CES Design and Engineering Innovations Award.

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Brytech - Color Teller
Brytech - Color Teller

“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” – Stevie Wonder

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Nuvvyo - Tablo TV DVR
Nuvvyo - Tablo TV DVR

Small, Elegeant and Cool Design for Leading-Edge Consumer Electronics

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Gearwerx - Hershey Truck
Gearwerx - Hershey Truck

How do you deliver a campaign that involves moving one million Hershey chocolate bars across Canada in five months?

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Deckster - iPod Timepiece
Deckster - iPod Timepiece

The founders of the Deckster needed to balance quality materials with cost, availability, usability and sustainable thinking.

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