Design 1st Blog

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.

2010 Vancouver Olympics: A Look at Innovative Design

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics showcased the creative design talent Canada has to offer. These Olympic Games provided designers, architects and engineers countless opportunities to exhibit their talent and innovation.  Whether it was the sustainable design of the Olympic medals, the engineering challenges of the torch or the artistic architecture of the podiums, Canada’s creativity shone through. Olympic Medals: The Olympic medals embodied the concept of sustainable design using end-of-life electronics for material procurement. Teck Resources harvested the gold, silver and bronze from circuit boards of old computers melting it down […]
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Canada’s 2010 Budget & Small Business Funding

The government of Canada's 2010 Budget was released on March 4th, within it were various provisions impacting Canadian small business funding. The largest being a $100 million investment from CEAP (Canada Economic Action Plan) to help small business with their innovation and commercializing efforts. The $100 million investment will be administered through the NRC-IRAP (National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program ) and help Canadian small business develop innovative technologies and commercialize them on the global marketplace. At Design 1st, we have directed various clients to the NRC-IRAP […]
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$4 Million in Funds Available for Startups

Do you have an idea, product or start-up with commercial promise? Precarn is an independent NFP (not-for-profit) company that helps support the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies. On April 1st, Precarn announced a influx of $4million for startups that show commercial promise. The criteria for funding is: A focus on small (2-50 person) companies and start-up companies; Maximum funding is up to $100,000; Maximum Precarn support is 40% of total project costs; Project duration of nine months or less;  and, 50% of Precarn’s contribution will be paid at midterm of […]
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Strange Industrial Era Inventions

"Daring Ideas are like chessman moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game" - Johaan Wolfgang People have been building "daring ideas" since the dawn of the industrial area when inventors, manufacturers and eager consumers created an exciting market for new products. From helping people better their opera singing skills to building all terrain bicycles there has been few industries inventors have not touched. While not all of these ideas gained the commercially success the inventor hoped for they did offer a unique solution to a […]
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