wHAT DO WE DO?
Creative Engineering is a product development, design, & engineering consultancy: a team of engineers & designers who specialize in helping businesses & inventors convert ideas into polished, practical results. Some examples of typical work include:
Creating a manufacturable design of client’s idea
Improving performance & decreasing cost of a successful product
Finding functional solutions to open-ended design problems
Developing novel mechanisms to compete with existing products
In all cases, at the end of our process, we hand over all our work & intellectual property to our clients.
Think of us like a team of engineering mercenaries: ready to add our expertise to make your project awesome.
WHAT FIELDS DO WE DESIGN FOR?
Consumer electronics, pet products, military equipment, medical devices, toys, infant products, displays, industrial machines, musical instruments - it’s fair to say that we’ve had success stories in just about every product field, but our main expertise is in functional consumer goods, where good design separates successful, effective products from duds.
Unless there is a strong mechanical element intrinsic to the design, we generally can’t help with projects that are purely soft goods (e.g. clothing, luggage, shoes) or software (e.g. apps), but we’re happy to incorporate either as necessary into other designs.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN THE PROJECT IS FINISHED?
Most of our clients receive a package of CAD data (SolidWorks, STEP files, etc.) that’s ready for production - rather than asking factories to spend time & money re-engineering a design for manufacture, we ensure that our 3D files can be sent to tooling the moment you receive them. We also supply whatever level of documentation you require for production, including engineering & inspection drawings.
Most clients request one or more working prototypes for their projects, from rough “breadboard” proofs-of-concept to polished “looks-like works-like” demos of their final product. We’re happy to manufacture & assemble a great-looking, functional prototype for you to show to potential investors & manufacturers.
How much WILL YOUR PROJECT COST?
Because we cover a broad range of industries & product types with varying levels of complexity, it’s difficult to estimate what a particular project will cost without carefully evaluating its specific details. Past projects have ranged anywhere from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands.
We caution clients against assuming the simplicity/complexity (& ultimate cost) of their desired goals - we have experience with numerous examples of both deceptively “simple” problems that have required total rethinking from first principles, as well as seemingly intractable problems that were dissolved in seconds by reframing the question.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR PROJECT TAKE?
We’re good at turning a project around in a hurry; many of our clients hire us because their internal engineering staff is swamped with other work, & simply can’t deliver quality results by the desired deadline. However, the more time we have to iterate & polish solutions, the better your final deliverable will be.
The ultimate timeline of your project is up to you. We can throw everything we have at your problem for a week, or spend months carefully looking for the best & smartest way to solve it.
Can we handle marketing, licensing, or manufacturing?
Our involvement in the product development process is generally limited to design & engineering - we will frequently work with manufacturers to resolve issues & document running changes to their designs, but we’re not directly involved with marketing, licensing, or manufacture, except as they pertain to the design of the product itself.
For this reason, we don’t engage in profit-sharing, royalty, or similar programs with our clients.