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Our in-house industrial design, mechanical and electronics engineering teams work together to move your idea through product development.
Case Study: TabloTV
Solve Tough Technical Challenges
Table TV – Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
“The slient heatsink design is huge competitor differentiator for us.”
Case Study: Nuraleve
Blend Technology and Design
Chronic pain treatment device.
“They gave us ideas we never thought possible and made them real”
Hardware startups and large corporations rely on us.
Over 700 projects spanning many industries and technologies
$1.2 Billion market contribution, access to 124 international suppliers and deep expertise across many industries.
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We introduce ourselves – either face-to-face through our interactive whiteboad.
We bring in members of our senior team to discuss your requirements and strategy.
Based on your requriements we provide budget, activity and timeline estimates.
We bring together a team from a range of disciplines to kick-off your project.
NDA’s are used to ensure confidentiality for both parties during our conversations. We provide interested parties with our mutual NDA form where the terms apply to both parties. NDA’s have standard terms which we follow. Alternatively, if your organization has an internal NDA that requires our signature, we will handle this through email.
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Depending on the complexity of your product idea, it generally takes 6 to 9 months to move from concept design to manufacturing ready. Our creative team will find a solution that differentiates your product and provides good user value at target cost.
Our manufacturing setup experts can then help you identify and secure contract manufacturing resources (onshore and/or offshore). Need help with your first pilot product build?
We set this up and fine tune quality during the initial production batch build and on to continuous production.
Industry statistics show that 70% of a product cost is locked in during the initial Concept Design (CD) stage in the development of a new hardware product. The exploration and definition of a new product idea takes 200 to 700 hours based on the complexity of design, number of custom components, regulatory requirements and if there is a need for build-test-assess-refine exploration of the high-risk features that make the product great. CD stage work starts around $25,000 USD and a detailed custom CD budget will be created for you by the Design 1st senior team, based on your projects’ specific needs.
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