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The product development process is a challenging one. There are hundreds of decisions to turn inspiration into a manufacturable product. To get it right the first time you need the right combination of expertise and experience. Explore the Design 1st blog to learn what you need to know to develop successful products right the first time.

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Manufacturer for Your Product

"Choose a manufacturer as you would choose a partner, with the same level of care and attention to detail. The right manufacturer can build your product and become an invaluable asset to your business." When it comes to bringing a new product to market, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right manufacturer. The manufacturer you select will play a crucial role in the success of your product, so it's important to take the time to find the right one. At Design 1st, we assist […]
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Design 1st Achieves Record Numbers in 2022 Despite Challenging Economy

Battery innovation, sensor technology, autonomous robotics, and increasing entrepreneurship are among the growing trends happening today. January 10, 2023 - Design 1st, one of the most prolific full-service product design-engineering firms across North America, achieved record numbers across the board in 2022, closing the year with 93 unique products developed, 44 new customers, 38 new customer projects, and 6 industry awards. Additionally, the company helped 15 unique clients complete their first volume production runs in 2022, compared to the 6 client projects launched in the previous fiscal year. For over 25 years, Design […]
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Get ready for BattleBots 2023

BattleBots is a battle of masterclass engineering skill, design prowess - and of course carnage! The 2023 season is now here with the mayhem caliber setting cranked up higher than ever before. Design 1st is excited to participate by supporting Team Lucky - a fierce BattleBot competitor for the past several years. The new 2023 BattleBots season 7 will feature the top 50 robots and was filmed live in Las Vegas, Oct 18-30, 2022. The season will air on Discovery Channel and Discovery+ starting Jan 5, 2023. To build the […]
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How to Design a 250lbs Battlebot in 6 Weeks

Battlebots is an American TV series, where remote-controlled robots fight one another in a UFC arena-style elimination tournament. There are weapons, armour, hazards, and destruction. The winners drive off glorious, the losers have to be carried out. The 2023 Battlebots season is airing now on Discover Channel! Design 1st staff support the  product design and development of crowd favorite Battlebot, Lucky Canucky   Video: The design and development of combat robot Lucky.
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