135+ Startup Clients   20 years in business   5500+ Prototypes  $1B + Products Sold    


Startup executives and independent entrepreneurs rely on our full range of product development services to get to market fast.

Using our lean product development process we help startups transform their ideas into working prototypes and onto commercially-successful products


We help startups and entrepreneurs get their products to market

Reducing risk, development costs and overall timeframes along the way

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Lean Product Development Process

Using our proven step-by-step process, we work with you to refine concepts and create the product design, then prototype, test, and provide the documentation you need to engage suppliers and go to market.

We can also help you put in place all of building blocks for successful new product commercialization:
  1. Develop your product roadmap and innovation strategy
  2. Research your competition
  3. Assess patent opportunities and risks
  4. Create prototypes, 3D photo-realistic renders, and product presentations
  5. Design compelling product logos and packaging
  6. Source components suppliers and contract manufacturers

Prefer to license your idea to others?

For inventors and companies who want to license their product design to established manufacturing and marketing companies, we have the technical, business, and legal expertise to advise and support you throughout the process.

View our startup clients who recently launched products



Muscle Engineering by Muscle Engineering

Inventor, Guy Murray engaged Design 1st with an idea – to find a safe and more effective way to bench press.

About the Product...
Client Type:Inventor Looking to sell the product rights
Market:Fitness Equipment for studio and home
Design Responsibility:industrial design, mechanical engineering
Business Support:website design + host, graphics, logo, costing
Our Output:24 custom part/drwg read to manufacture
Latest Success:Dragon's Den 2014
Rumidfier by Rumidifier

The Rumidifier is a room humidifier which doesn’t use any electricity to operate and can be used in forced air heating systems.

About the Product...
Client Type:Inventor Looking to Build Product Business
Market:Consumer Wellness, humidfier
Design Responsibility:industrial design, mechanical engineering
Business Support:commercialization
Our Output:Two Rounds of Prototyping, production parts
Latest Success:#1 Selling Humidifier on HomeDepot.ca
Caframo by Caframo

Caframo needed help from Design 1st to design a high quality and powerful hatch fan packed with innovative and added-value features for boaters.

About the Product...
Client Type:Mid-size company seeking support for new products
Market:Consumer - Marine Accessory
Design Responsibility:Air Flow Analysis, FEA, Industrial Design
Business Support:product concept renderings
Our Output:Custom drawings ready to manufacturer
Latest Success:SAIL 2013 Pittman Innovation Award
Pliant Technology by Pliant Technology

Pliant Technology

Pliant sought out Design 1st when developing enclosures for two of their high end solid state hard drives used in major server farms.

About the Product...
Client Type:Hardware Startup
Market:Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) Storage Solutions
Design Responsibility:Development of Enclosures, FEA, Industrial Design
Business Support:concept renderings
Our Output:production level prototype, drawings
Latest Success:Acquired by SanDisk in 2011 for $350 Million

Get Started

Contact us today to learn why hundreds of other inventors and startup managers have relied on us.

 1.877.235.1004         info@design1st.com