Machine Design

I’m a New Grad Who Chose Mechanical Engineering — Here’s Why

I’m a New Grad Who Chose Mechanical Engineering — Here’s Why

My path towards a career in mechanical engineering began at home as a kid, in a family where I am the youngest of five. Five children tend to cause lots of problems that can be fixed — from hand-me-down bicycles to packing the car for a road trip — so I had numerous...

Building A World Class Product Development Team

Building A World Class Product Development Team

Product Development - it's sexy, it's cool, everybody wants to be involved with it. It is where new ideas are tested, new revenue streams are defined, and businesses turn around. But as an r&d manager or NPD director, what does it really take to build a...

An Intern’s Perspective on Our Team of Engineers

An Intern’s Perspective on Our Team of Engineers

Over the past several months, I've been fascinated by the incredible feats of engineering that were accomplished during the space race. A team of engineers — of all trades — worked tirelessly together to design, prototype, test, re-prototype, and ultimately create...

Industrial Design Company SGW Designworks

Industrial Design Company SGW Designworks

In the world of product design and engineering, the term "Industrial Design" is used many different ways, meaning different things to different businesses. Some people use the term referring specifically to the design efforts focused on aesthetics and ergonomics of a...

Should You Hire a Product Design Company?

Should You Hire a Product Design Company?

Many of the smaller businesses we work with understand that in order to get their product from the concept stage to production, they will need to hire an outside product development firm or product design company. The larger businesses that we work with often have...

Virtual Reality Prototyping Can Save you Thousands of Dollars

Virtual Reality Prototyping Can Save you Thousands of Dollars

When you hear the term virtual reality prototyping, do you instantly think of gaming? if you do, you are not alone. But the reality of VR is that there are many other applications than gaming for this technology, from shopping to marketing, training and communication,...

Product Design for Startups: A Guide

Product Design for Startups: A Guide

We are frequently asked if we specialize in product design for startups. The answer is a qualified yes! While most of our business is with established businesses, we do work with startup companies, ideally when they have realistic expectations about their business and...

Structuring Product Design and Engineering Projects

Structuring Product Design and Engineering Projects

The success or failure of a product development effort depends on many things. The development work itself will focus on testing and validating features, functions, and designs in order to maximize the likelihood of a successful product. But the structure of the...

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Product Design and Development

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Product Design and Development

Have you ever considered outsourcing product design? There are many advantages of outsourcing, especially in the world of technology and product design. Additionally, there are so many reasons why outsourcing is important and vital to the advancement of your business....

Managing Innovation in Product Development Engineering

Managing Innovation in Product Development Engineering

Product development engineering in practice, as we have seen, relies heavily on the application of creative ideas into innovative products/processes. How these concepts are supported is where the magic happens in the design development consultancy field. Creative and...

Design Thinking Strategies for an Innovative Product Design Process

Design Thinking Strategies for an Innovative Product Design Process

The production of creative strategies to use in an innovative product design process is fully dependent on the engineering staff. The following quote from Chang (2016, p.356) helps to round out the point. “It is well known from the literature that the personal...

Solar Product Development and Embedded Systems

Solar Product Development and Embedded Systems

There has been a great interest in solar product development in recent years and as a result, product development engineering firms have gained a great deal of experience in designing solar energy products. Our team has been involved in some exciting projects recently...

IoT Product Development: Choosing the Right Web Services

IoT Product Development: Choosing the Right Web Services

If you’re planning to deliver an IoT (Internet of Things) product, you may have a solid concept for the IoT product development process of physical connected products and the software development process, since it’s the centerpiece of your solution. Similarly, you may...

Insight Into Portable and Rugged Product Design

Insight Into Portable and Rugged Product Design

For many, the term rugged product design evokes images of electronics built into thick plastic frames, military equipment, and the OtterBox. However, the term can mean a lot of different things depending on the application. One significant factor in what determines...

Considering New Uses of RFID Technology

Considering New Uses of RFID Technology

Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips have been around for years. They have been used for identification of vehicles, factory equipment, and they are built into plastic access cards for buildings. However, sometimes a new innovation can sound scary, even when it...

How Product Development Budget Affects a Project

How Product Development Budget Affects a Project

Talking about budgets can be uncomfortable. It is common for new clients to try to avoid the topic entirely. Commonly, clients feel that if they tell us what their development budget is,…

The Importance of Use-Case Validation

The Importance of Use-Case Validation

Over the years, our repeat clients have asked us to get more involved in their product development efforts, as opposed to just providing engineering insight and execution. This has given us a…

Considering a Career in Product Development?

Considering a Career in Product Development?

Last week, we gave two University presentations about product development methodologies. For us, it is always energizing to connect with young students that are curious and passionate about what we do as…

Drone Racing Is Here to Stay

Drone Racing Is Here to Stay

This month marked the first ever, National Drone Racing Championships in New York City as well as the first year of the Drone Racing League. The National Drone Racing Championships are showcasing…

IoT Systems Security: How Safe Are Your Products?

IoT Systems Security: How Safe Are Your Products?

by Ken Oakeson (Sr Embedded Systems Engineer) A little over a week ago, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) left a large segment of the American population unable to access popular websites and services,…

The Key to Avoiding Common Product Design Mistakes

The Key to Avoiding Common Product Design Mistakes

Product strategy helps to avoid common product design mistakes. Aviation, drone, and cool gadget enthusiasts were all surprised earlier this year when Russian company Hoversurf unveiled its product design for the Scorpion-3 Hoverbike. The vehicle was exciting to see...