Mechanical engineering services

EnCata is an engineering service company. If you have the product concept or an already tested proof-of-concept prototype, we will do the necessary calculations, design a 3D model, and prepare drawings for manufacturing.

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Mechanical Product Design as a part of your idea success

EnCata helps to develop products, which exist in real life and interact with users not only through the display interface. Specialists from different mechanical engineering industries work together. Our team makes sure that products will work functionally, be competitive and safe. The product life-cycle complies with the client’s business model.

EnCata develops products not only for mass production. Our engineers frequently take part in development of custom technical solutions. These are the production process automation lines, custom testing and scientific equipment. Such technical solutions can be designed and developed once, but will serve you for a long time.

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

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.

Mechanical Engineering Consulting to support your team

Our engineers will examine your project, taking into account the reproducibility and manufacturability. Initially, we will develop a 3D model and make drawings based on your sketches to digitize your idea. We will then help you to select materials and off-the-shelf components to comply with your requirements. The next step is to adjust your ideas to safety standards and best engineering practices. Lastly, we will take into account the manufacturing process and develop CAD files.

If you have a prototype, we are ready to inspect it and consult you on design upgrading or extending its functionality.

Industrial Design

The mechanical CAD is closely related to industrial design.

Smart industrial design helps products to be commercially successful and beat competitors. The main effort here is to find balance. Consumers should use products properly and enjoy their appearance. On the other hand, the design should be effective in terms of mass-production.

 Enclosure Design

The enclosure is one of the most common objects for mechanical design. We prefer to work on enclosure design holistically.

A significant part of the mechanical design is related to the placement and attachment of the parts inside. It helps to build a better enclosure for the product.

Reverse Engineering

Using reverse engineering gives obvious benefits. You are not reinventing the wheel during the mechanical design stage, which saves you both time and reduces the costs. 

Reverse engineering is not a good idea for the main product features. In this case, your product will always end up behind the competitors.

Proof-of-Concept Prototyping

Mechanical design of a proof-of-concept prototype is not a simple task as it can seem at first glance. The key point here is prioritizing functions to be cost-effective.

The POC should confirm only the most important requirements and give answers on critical risks.

Low volume Manufacturing

Preparation of CAD files is a standardized procedure. However, experience and collaboration help to save time and money.

Necessary equipment and tooling, COGS and lead time could be highly affected by the several numbers in the mechanical drawings of your product.

Electrical Engineering (Custom Electronics Development included)

In our team, we have mechanical and electronics engineers working under one roof. It helps us to consider heat dissipation, antenna arrangement, condensation in the enclosure, convenience of assembly of electronic and mechanical parts, and wiring.

Design Engineering

CAD Mechanical Engineering - Prepare your prototype for user testing

Often our Clients already have a well-developed business concept, as well as a vision for the functionality and design of their new product. The Client has already built their first prototype to validate the underlying technology or key feature of the device, but the prototype is unstable and does not look like the designer's renderings. At this stage, clients use standard components: gears, batteries, enclosures, etc. Therefore, the price, weight, and dimensions of the prototype are far from what the user and the Client's business need.

To increase the stability of the prototype and improve its consumer characteristics, it is necessary to spend a lot of time and effort to rectify various small details, improve the layout of the main assemblies, and use non-standard solutions. Our mechanical engineers can help your development team with it. In this case, our Client can focus on the key features, and the engineering details of the project will be worked out on our side.

How to start a Product Development with EnCata?

Product Development Technology Stack

ISO
GOST
PDM

3D-models
Parametric assemblies

Surface modelling
Strength calculations

Kinematics calculation
Estimating manufacturing costs
Cabinets for electronics

Welded metal structures
Sheet metal
Packaging

Pneumatics and hydraulics
Drives and gearboxes

How to order mechanics development from EnCata

Our team has experience in developing products from scratch to a pre-production sample. Thus, you can turn to us at any life-cycle stage of your product.

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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