Industrial design by EnCata combines aesthetic appearance, user experience, optimal production cost, and scaling capabilities. Based on our experience, these components should always be worked on together. Such an approach will not only give your product a tangible shape, but will also bring you closer to the commercial success of the entire project.Talk to an Expert
For more than 10 years we have been doing industrial design for companies from various industries. We have experience in industrial design for a variety of products, including robots, wearable technology, industrial equipment, electric vehicles, and farming machinery. One thing unites all of the aforementioned: we guaranteed the industrial design of the product would be realised in actual production. To ensure that your product is competitive, our industrial design strikes a balance between aesthetically pleasing appearance, industry and legal requirements, and manufacturing capabilities.
We know that there are other aspects that are equally significant and need consideration for the future product in addition to appearance and usefulness. The industrial design of the product must also offer sufficient functionality, environmental friendliness, user safety, satisfy the needs of the target market, and follow industry trends.
When creating industrial design, we focus on:
- the way the product will enter the market,
- where and how the product will be manufactured,
- the way the product will be maintained.
These aspects might not be immediately apparent to users or investors, but they will have a big impact in the long term. They will turn your first users into loyal customers, because your product will not let them down in critical situations. You will not disappoint investors as they will see the initial investments can pay off. Finally, these aspects will give your product a competitive value, enabling you to turn a profit even with modest sales volumes.
Industrial design is one of the core stages in the product development process. First, our industrial designers team elicits all the necessary data from the customer. As the team now has all the necessary knowledge, its role is to generate a concept. Finally, the industrial designer team becomes a consultant for both the engineering and manufacturing teams.
After gathering information about the industry, target audience, and customer's business, the team begins to develop the concept in accordance with the following stages:
1. Search of design analogs and solutions
2. Sketches design
3. Conceptual design
4. Working out aesthetics and ergonomics
5. 3D model development
6. 3D CAD modeling before prototyping
With our design and 3D model, you can easily manufacture your product with support from our Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, and Simulations teams.
In contrast to agencies that only focus on design, our engineers work from your concept to the preparation for mass production. Our industrial designers control the manufacturability of your product. You will always be informed if your concept encounters technological constraints. We will propose adjustments in terms of production optimization. Having developed a design with us, you won't have to worry about the actual implementation of the product.
You don't have to hire a separate team for the project or look for outsourcers for individual stages of the project development. You will not need to manage many teams in different locations. Having developed a design with EnCata, the necessary expert engineer will be added to the team you already worked with, allowing you to quickly develop the mechanical and electrical components for your product.
EnCata's industrial designers take into account not only ergonomics and user experience, but also the commercial success of the future product. We start industrial design with competitor analysis and make an effective product with the optimal cost.
EnCata works with both fixed term and agile contracts.
EnCata employs around 30 engineers with Master's and PhD degrees in electrical and industrial design, mechanical engineering, prototyping and manufacturing from European universities. Each employee is an expert in his or her field.
The majority of specialists are of middle or senior levels. Their range of influence is broad enough to encompass the entire new product lifecycle. Our specialists resolve legal and certification difficulties during the concept stage, optimize production costs during the 3D model development process and create necessary documentation for firmware support. Juniors make up only 15% of the team. They constantly upgrade their qualifications under the supervision of seniors.
EnCata is always willing to work with its client. We have everything we need to create a collaborative site. Both parties can work on the project simultaneously. The Customer, for instance, and his/ her team designs the electronics while we work on the enclosure. When teams work together to achieve a fantastic result, it is always a win scenario.
EnCata’s team is always willing to discuss all the necessary details about the project proposed. Our full-fledged team of professionals will interrogate you until both parties are satisfied with the procedures necessary to complete the job.
It certainly can. For any product, EnCata creates a design documentation package and a process documentation package that is suited to the production. It should be noted, however, that the technologists at the customer's chosen plant may make changes or impose their own requirements on the documentation design. EnCata, in turn, makes it easier for the client and the technologist to communicate. EnCata does not mass produce, although it can undertake small-scale production at the request of customers.
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.
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.
Our in-house professionals handle almost all electronics work, including interface design, protocol development, communication design, schematic design, PCB Design, Firmware design and battery management. If the Customer requires a service that Encata does not supply, we have partners that can meet that need.
We certainly do. EnCata employs electronics specialists who deal with low-level firmware. We also have experts on staff who can implement high-level software code.
EnCata employs 12 mechanical and industrial designers and 10 electrical engineers with experience in hardware and firmware. Our team consists of middle and senior level engineers, who have 5+ years of field expertise and have already completed more than 300 projects.
1. Once you have approached us with the project, we conclude the NDA and send the information to the Sales Manager for further evaluation and project planning.
2. The Sales Manager or Sales Engineer will contact you to clarify your goals, requirements and tasks to accomplish. This process is very close to business analysis. When the details are agreed with you, a cost estimate and a quotation are prepared.
3. If you accept the quotation, we will prepare a Technical design specification to document scope of work and requirements and conclude an agreement.
4. After we've signed the agreements, we'll assign you a Project Manager who will gather a project team and report on the project progress.
We do indeed help with fundraising through our large business network. However, we typically recommend startups to our partner VCs after we have done some work for the startup and learned more about the team and their core technology. This feedback and recommendation is of great value to all of the friendly VCs as it saves them much time and effort for due diligence.