Design thinking services

For a new product development user’s priorities determination is not relegated to the background after determining the goals of the product and business results. We use the design thinking strategy to turn your product into a successful project beyond EnCata.

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Your partner in END-to-END innovation

The development of successful innovative business models, products, and services became one of the most important success factors in modern business. With the advent of revolutionary technologies, the glut of markets, the shortening of the product lifecycle, and the constant growth of customer expectations, many companies are concerned about whether their current products or services will be relevant to customers in 3 years.

Design thinking for business is one of the methods of achieving innovation! EnCata uses it to solve customer problems and constantly develops its services using the Design thinking strategy.

40+ Engineers

We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.

Development Speed

Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.

Burn rate


Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.

Design Engineering

Full cycle product development services - детализация услуги

EnCata is a hardware product development company with a systematic approach to solving customer problems and focusing on the end-user. Our Product development strategy includes elements of the design thinking strategy that justify our practical approach to Product development, based on a structured process of developing innovative solutions.

Design thinking in our company combines what is desirable from the user's point of view, technologically feasible and economically expediently.

Feasibility study

For inventors and businessmen with an idea or concept, we are developing a Feasibility study. Using Design thinking tools for Feasibility study we provide the customer with concept assessment from the end-users' point of view and benefits for them, clarify the requirements for the product based on user experience, as well as to give information about the viability of the business. In some cases, we can even dissuade the customer from the initial idea and offer a more relevant direction for developing his idea based on an analysis of the user market.

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Product R&D

Much attention is paid to the Product R&D stage for a detailed calculation of pros and cons in order to prevent failure of the project. At the Product research and development stage, our team helps to adjust the concept of the initial idea based on the analysis of market behavior (changes) and the study of opportunities and risks, bringing the user to the center of the discussion. Further Product development is aimed at improving the development product for a successful launch to the market.

FEA and CFD simulations

Industrial Design

IEnterprise design thinking is widely used by many organizations and companies, across various sectors and teams. We also use it to collaborate with diverse teams on larger enterprise-level projects and especially on Industrial design stages, focusing on user outcomes. Industrial Design gives the shape and appearance of an initially intimate idea. During the creation of Industrial Design, we focus not only on the aesthetics of the appearance, but also on the convenience for use, and also pay attention to issues on the way from the idea to mass production and the further life cycle of the product.

Custom electronics design

Proof - of - Concept Prototyping

Proof-of-Concept Prototyping as the next stage after Industrial design makes it possible to test the basic principles of operation. During this stage, we confirm the hypothesis of the idea. Otherwise, we will offer the customer an alternative option that will not change the original concept of the product.

Firmware development

Rapid prototyping

Rapid prototyping allows getting information about the interaction of the product with the real world in a way that presentations and 3D models on the screen cannot do. On the other hand, prototyping allows us to check the correctness of the technical solutions that our engineers laid down during development.

Design for manufacturing

At the Design for manufacturing stage, as the final stage of development, we prepare all the necessary documentation with which the customer can launch his product. Relying on the Design Thinking approach, our customers observe a thorough elaboration of the idea and get the product ready for mass production.

Design Engineering

Описание наиболее распространенного случая

Сustomers often turn to us, inspired by their sometimes crazy idea, for help in its implementation. And also often during the first discussion, it turns out that the customer's goals do not coincide with his plans to implement ideas into reality. How do we do this?

We discuss each application with the customer and work through internal and external research. During Interviews, Simulations of a person's life or specific situation, meetings with team members who are competent in each specific issue, and so on, we analyze the idea with the customer down to the smallest details. As a result, the customer receives a concept that fits his original goals, and, moreover, he is one step closer to implementing the idea into a real competitive product.

How to start a Product Development with EnCata?

Product Development Technology Stack

PCBA design

Desk Research
Generation Sessions

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Co-creation Workshop

Concept Map
Rapid concept development

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Mind mapping
User Journey mapping

wireless interfaces design

Service Prototype
Volume Model

Custom electronics design

Rapid prototyping
Minimum Viable Product

Engagement Models

We focus on the entire product lifecycle, from concept to implementation and market launch. EnCata's knowledge, resources and experience in innovation enable our clients to bring a product to market with minimal cost or time.

Some hardware Projects we delivered

Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.

Industries We serve

Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

FAQ related to Product development

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IP ownership when working with EnCata

When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.

Do you sign NDAs?

Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.

How do I make sure EnCata does not "steal" my idea?

Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to.  This is definitely not a worry for our clients.

Patent or Develop first?

We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are  at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients  and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.

There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500. EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.

Can EnCata consult me or help me with my existing design?

Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.

EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.

What are typical project EnCata engaged with?

EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.

I would like to do prototyping myself. Is it possible with EnCata?

Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.

What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace.  Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace.  We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.

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