Mechanical Engineering Experts

Designing smart objects that last a long time in their environment of use requires deep knowledge in many areas. Our Mechanical Engineering Experts bring a wide range of technical solutions, materials options, structural and mechanisms design and manufacturing processes experience to the development team.

Trusted to Design, Develop, and Engineer Manufacture-Ready Products for Startups and the World’s Most Innovative Brands

What You’ll Get With Our Mechanical Engineering Services

Mechanical engineering services follows a rigorous 4-step process resulting in a product that meets user and regulatory requirements while meeting reasonable manufacturing costs and providing you with high-quality.

Test Design Concept Evaluation

Testing design concepts early on minimizes risk by revealing obstacles such as temperature, stress, and moving parts that impact your product.

We being by doing a 3D model of your design. Once complete, we meet with you to review results and discuss design decisions that may impact the product.

But by identifying these decisions upfront, we can move you quickly into functional prototyping, physical testing, and volume production.

Virtual Simulations

Risk assessment is the primary driver for investing in CAD simulation analysis. Smaller packages, faster electronics, and connected IoT products are all pushing the boundaries of design.

Our engineering experts use tools to create virtual FEA and CFD simulations early on in the development process. This process includes both detailed simulations with full geometry and system level analysis to help make better choices.

You will get accurate predictions of your designs’ performance and can efficiently manage risks before the building stage, which is crucial in today’s fast-paced and competitive market.

Testing and Materials Review

Your product needs to have a strong, durable structure to survive mother nature, demanding users, and other accidents.

The outside structure is what protects the parts, components, and assemblies from outside forces. But the trade-off between cost and durability can lead to poor choices.

That’s why we work with you to provide early testing, discuss material options, and identify the optimal manufacturing processes.

Reverse Engineering

To lower product development risk and increase speed to market, many engineering designs build-off of existing solutions.

Using existing, non-proprietary solutions during product development is made possible by reverse engineering existing products, and seeking out the wide variety of information pertaining to specific design challenges.

This work is especially important for technical products and complex mechanisms. We provide you with material and component analysis to ensure compatibility, durability, and exceeding in performance compared to similar designs.

Mechanical Engineering Services

Achieve product success with our mechanical engineering services that blend expertise, versatile activities, and advanced capabilities.

Custom Design Builds

Meeting all your design build needs, we can:

  • Build out custom design requirements
  • Source custom parts and materials
  • Identify the optimal manufacturing process selection

Engineering Risk Assessments

Providing you with a full range of engineering assessments, we can:

  • Conduct drop, shock, and ingress protection
  • Do detailed engineering risk assessments
  • Undertake engineering concept creation and tolerance specifications

Manufacturing Feasability

Fulfilling all your engineering manufacturing requirements, we can:

  • Conduct manufacturing feasibility for parts and assemblies
  • Undertake reverse engineering on existing physical products

Engineering Simulation Analysis

Offering you a full range of engineering simulation needs, we can:

  • Conduct engineering simulation analysis, including CDF, FEA, FMEA
  •  Perform multi-body dynamics to analyze the patterns of complex mechanical systems


What Clients Say About Working With Design 1st

George Tsintzouras

Director of Product, Christie Digital

Immediately understood what was needed

When we wanted to transition our older generation projector models to a more modern look and feel, Design 1st was a valuable asset. Given the depth of their design and engineering experience, Design 1st immediately understood what was needed. They worked with our internal engineering team through the process to provide us with compatible solutions to meet our needs.

Stephen Rayment

VP Engineering, Ericsson

Our trusted engineering partner for six years

Design 1st has been our trusted industrial design and mechanical engineering partner for over six years and they have proven themselves to be valuable, competent and committed to our success. They add value because they understand the tradeoffs between user value and cost, the need to balance both the business and product objectives, along with excellent knowledge of materials and manufacturing / tooling options.

Mike Tettenborn

VP Engineering, Caframo

Right balance of art and engineering

We selected Design 1st because their designers and engineers demonstrated the right creativity and technical understanding. With their CAD and modelling tools they were able to address the numerous design challenges encountered with this type of product. The end result was an easy-to-install, powerful marine hatch fan – unlike any on the market.

Kurt Francis

Co-Founder, CTO, Molecule

Deepest bench of technical talent

I did a lot of due diligence on product development companies and Design 1st had the deepest bench for technical capability. They worked on such a broad range of products with successful commercialization. Design 1st’s early efforts in prototype development helped us move from a powder substrate into a commercially product for testing.

John Lupton

Director of Engineering, GeoSight

Got up and running fast

The whole design was my idea and I had patents on them. The team’s main work was to solve the functionality issue of a piece of my design. On top of that, they helped identify one of our manufacturers.

Didi Horn


Exceeded Our Expectations

The Design 1st team exceeded our expectations and helped us deliver an exceptional product to the market. As a startup, we were working within a budget but expected the highest quality product. Design 1st identified the risks up front, had the vast network of partners to find the right components, and customized it to meet our unique needs.

Fully Certified and Award-Winning

Our company and staff are certified with the Professional Engineers of Ontario and with ACIDO certified Industrial Designers of Ontario. We are also affiliated with Carleton University.

A Tailored Team of Experts

When you work with Design 1st, you’re accessing a tailored, cross-functional team of specialists customized for your specific project. As your project evolves, so too does the team working on it, so you get only the most expert people providing input every step of the way.

Embedded Systems

Seamless integration of electronics into physical devices.

Embedded Design Team

Mechanical Engineering

Find creative mechanical solutions to technical challenges.

Mechanical Design Team

Industrial Design

Transform your product concept into a refined manufacture-ready design.

Industrial Design Team

Electronics Engineering

Add power, secure connectivity, and interaction control to your products.

Electronic Design Team

Transfer to Manufacturing

Move your product into volume manufacturing.

Manufacture Transfer Team

Design Strategy

Set your new product up for success with a well-laid plan.

Design Strategy Team

Frequently Asked Questions

The answer depends on the nature of the work you hire us to do. The work may be support-related where we contribute design or engineering services to your product development team and process. The time required varies from a week to much longer depending on the activities you require from us. When our team takes your product concept from the idea stage all the way to a working product, it may take from 3 to 12+ months to complete the 4-stage design-engineering-prototyping and transfer to manufacturing process. It depends on the complexity of the product being designed.

Once the design concept is captured, engineering decisions are finalized and the product is 3D prototyped and documented, making it possible for manufacturers to bid on making the product in volume.

Our creative design, engineering and manufacturing transfer team finds solutions that differentiate your product and delivers the ‘I love it’ user response. Your design is carefully created to meet product cost that meets business needs. The documentation is well-defined and managed with manufacturers that want to produce it.

Our manufacturing setup experts will help you identify and secure trusted part suppliers and a contract manufacturer (CM) onshore, or offshore, depending your product objectives and needs.

We can facilitate the prototyping and product builds, from helping coordinate the CM and parts supplier relationships, to overseeing product batch builds, injection tooling approvals, release controlled documentation, quality plans, regulatory testing, Bill of Materials managements, and parts supply coordination.

Yes, we can navigate, negotiate, document and fine-tune product quality during the initial production batch builds and through to continuous production.

Our process ensures we bring value during the development stage, and we transition the product management as your operations team decides to take over manufacturing control.

However, if your business objectives require a more virtual, low-overhead operation, we can also stay on how to facilitate batch production builds.

The Design 1st team works with strategic business teams looking to reduce risk and cost and maximize product value.

We are an excellent fit for business teams new to hardware product development who want an expert team to plug in and move their concept design to volume production. We are experts at network products, wireless app and cloud integrations

Our diverse team of planners, designers, engineers, electronics and supply strategy experts makes the transition from product concept to manufacturing a much more predictable process.

NDA’s ensure confidentiality for both parties during conversations. We provide a mutual NDA where the terms apply to both parties. If your organization has an NDA that requires our signature, we handle this through email.

Development is a multiple-month effort. We recommend that funding is ready for the first few months as we are a work-for-hire organization and new projects require a deposit to start the work, typically covering the first months’ effort.

Designing a new hardware product starts with exploring possible Concept Designs (CD).

Our business, marketing and design teams work with you to plan out key product requirements then configure one, or more, potential product concepts to test and verify with users and buyers.

Our experienced development team will then facilitate and help you define the many product requirements, carry out the creative design and engineering process, examine manufacturing feasibility, and provide an ongoing estimate of the direct product cost as details are filled in and decisions on parts and quality are made.

For a new product concept, the design exploration and the product architecture definition stages typically take 200+ hours, but this timeline depends on the user buyer definition, complexity, and customization of the design relative to product in the market, the number of custom components required, product safety requirements, and the amount of documentation required.

Expert fully integrated product Design / Engineering teams in North America have rates from $125 to $400 USD per hour.

After a phone discussion, we can provide a design budget, based on your project’s specific needs.

Call us for a discussion: 1.877.235.1004 or click here for more information on our development stages.

Empower Your Product Success with Cutting-edge Mechanical Engineering Services

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