Industrial design services

Industrial and UX design, engineering consultancy in hardware product development. Consultancy in IoT and medical device design. Consumer electronics design. Production equipment and human-machine interfaces.

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Industrial design of a new product

At our company, everyone is aware that design is one of the key factors in making a successful product. Award-winning industrial design is complemented by sufficient functionality, relevance to the target market, environmental friendliness, safety for users, and compliance with industry trends. 

When creating an industrial design, our firm focuses on the aesthetics of appearance and usability as well as how the product will enter the market, where and how it will be manufactured, and how it will be maintained. These details may not be noticeable for users or investors at first sight but will play an essential role in the long run.  They will turn your early users into loyal customers, as your product will not let them down in critical situations.  Furthermore, they will not disappoint the investors with tremendous start-up bills that could make the repayment of the project unrealistic. Finally, these details will ensure a competitive cost of the product, which will allow you to make a profit even with small volume sales.

60+ 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

Cost-effectiveness

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.

Industrial design and product development

We aim to make designs that will benefit people, fulfill a  purpose and bring profit to the Client. As a product design company, we invest a lot in industrial design since it highly affects the coming stages in product development. Therefore, the UX design and aesthetics of the product are analyzed for conflicts with technology, both for mass production and the first batch of the product.

The mechanical engineer is in constant communication with the industrial designer, asking the constraints  directly, reviewing sketches and conceptual renderings and giving ideas about implementing  a particular assembly or design element.

Proof-of-Concept Prototyping

The proof-of-concept stage is a wise start to collaborate with any industrial design firm. The design of a proof-of-concept prototype is not as simple as it can seem at first glance. The key point here is prioritizing functions to be cost-effective. The POC should only confirm the most important requirements and give answers on critical risks.

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Mechanical Engineering

EnCata helps develop products that exist in real life and interact with users not only through the display interface. Specialists from diverse industries work together on Client’s product. Our team makes sure that all products will work functionally, be competitive, safe, and the product life-cycle complies with the Client’s business model.

FEA and CFD simulations

Computer Simulations

Numerical modeling is often used at the beginning of product creation. It helps to take into account external and internal factors that will subsequently affect the developing device. For example, using CFD, we either check enclosure ventilation design or gather data to choose plastic.

Custom electronics design

Electrical Engineering

The use of Arduino and Raspberry Pi can be attributed to electronic prototype assembling. With these devices, you can develop something functional over just one weekend to start the NPD process. We act as a product design company and develop the PCB for mass production, based on your prototypes.

Reverse Engineering

Using RE gives apparent benefits for any product design company. Since you don’t reinvent  the wheel during the design stage, you both save time and reduce costs. However, RE is not a good idea to design the main features of a product. In this case, your product will always fall behind your competitors.

Feasibility Studies

During NPD, it is important to understand what benefits the new product features will give your business, as well as how this will affect the financial performance. Our engineers could conduct a technical analysis of competitors. Meanwhile, our product design consultants would calculate the preliminary financial indicators, for you to be able to make informed decisions along the whole engineering design cycle.

Products design as a service

Industrial design is a set of services that EnCata provides as an engineering design agency. It is quite difficult for a small product team to do this. Working with us, the product owner collaborates with designers and engineers. Together they make a 3D product rendering thus preparing the product for prototyping. The technologist will then adapt the first models to create a prototype. The prototype must be inexpensive, but also testable. The prototype or mock-up is used to evaluate the further design and to determine the future of the product. It helps plan efficiently the cost of bringing a product to market without resorting to detailed modeling.


How to start a Product Development with EnCata?

Great design starts with research. A comprehensive study of the product, market, and competitors helps to stay a couple of steps ahead and create a long-term competitive advantage.The next step is concept sketching. Many options are considered before industrial design rendering. It is necessary to find the right shape and ergonomic industrial design. During the UX design phase, a focus group is brought in to get feedback on the product being developed. Many services like concept sketching engineering, 3D product rendering, SolidWorks draft models, and even hand-drawn layouts are used to create mathematical surfaces in a CAD environment that are suitable for prototyping using a variety of technologies. When creating the design we pay a lot of attention to the manufacturability, used materials, and serviceability of the future product.

The last step in the design creation is a detailed elaboration of the 3d-model in the CAD environment. At this stage, successful solutions from previous product iterations are taken into account. Further, Photorealistic images of the future product are created. Finally, designers work through coloristic solutions and refine the choice of materials and surface textures.

Product Development Technology Stack

PCBA design

PCB board design: Analog, digital, optical, and RF design
Physical algorithms development

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3D modeling and assemblies 
Product development

3D-printing
Design for manufacturability/testability (DFM/DFT)

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Reverse engineering
RF Simulations

wireless interfaces design

Physical algorithms development

Custom electronics design

Test, Refine And Improve

Engagement Models

We 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.

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

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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