FIRST Robotics 2013: Astechz Team 2994

Let the games begin! That was the phrase heard by 1000’s of high school robotics teams across the globe January 5 as the 2013 FIRST robotics competition (FRC) was launched. From that point on, high school teams had 6 weeks to design, fabricate, program and test their robot based on competition criteria. As a sponsor for the past 4 years to the Astechz Team 2994, Design 1st has seen its fair share of robots go from whiteboard sketch into the ring against competition. This year the competition game called “Ultimate […]

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Filed under: Blog, Design Engineering, Electronics Design, Events

Startup to Watch: Northvu – HDTV Antenna

  Lately it seems like every week a Design 1st client is making news headlines. This week the honor goes to NorthVu Systems, an Ottawa based startup that created the NV20 pro HDTV antenna. NorthVu was named a 2013 “Startup to Watch” by the Ottawa Business Journal.   Launched last March 2012, the NV20 Pro has travelled down the bumpy road of commercial success. Along the way they have continually racked up more and more distributors for their indoor HDTV antenna including Amazon, Home Hardware and The Source. Next stop, NorthVu […]

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Modernizing Product Concept Design with CAD

The Product Design Show from continues to release excellent videos on product development. Whether you're a design professional, inventor or simply interested in how products are developed, the show has wealth of information that is sure to peak your interest. The recent episode "Modernizing Product Design Concept" provides an excellent take on how CAD (computer-aided design) programs like Solidworks, which we use at Design 1st, have revolutionized how design concepts, are created, tested and shared. Check-out the video below:

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Filed under: Blog, New Product Development, Prototyping

Four Components for Determining Product Design Usability

It happens all the time. Someone thinks he has a bright idea, and a new consumer product is born. Unfortunately, not every new concept is worth putting on a retail shelf, as illustrated by this 2012 post on the “20 Useless Products No One Should Buy.” So what factors do you need to consider when looking at product usability? Here are four components we recommend.  Reliability  When you pick up a new product, does it work? If not, consumers may think it has malfunctioned or isn’t working as planned. In […]

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Filed under: Blog, Product Design, Resources

Evolution of Product Design Tools

While pencil sketches of product concepts are still a necessity, the evolution of product design software has made a big difference in how we draft, model and present designs to clients. Design 1st uses a variety of leading edge computer-aided design (CAD) tools for engineering simulations, concept development and detailed design. Last week, the folks at "" put together an excellent video demonstrating the evolution of product design tools that we would like to share. Check-it out below:

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Filed under: Blog, Product Design

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