Product Design and Engineering
Do you sell Blenders?
As much as we love smoothies, we don’t sell any blenders. We can’t help you on that end but… do contact us if you have a seriously good smoothie recipe!Why are we called Blender?
So… What does Blender do?
Blender provides high-quality design and engineering services. We partner with our clients to do that in the best way possible. Some of the services we offer are new product development, industrial design, mechanical design, prototyping, production support and design for manufacture (DFM).
We can do a lot of things for you, including partnering you with a manufacturer or help you produce goods overseas. From concept to completion, and everything in between, we help turn your great idea into a successful product.
How can Blender help my business?
It depends on what you need help with but we believe in the principle that: Good design = good business. Good design and engineering is a bottom line investment. Good design is more than just looking good, it’s what makes a product more than just the parts they’re made from. Good design gives your product character!
If your product is in tune with what the market wants and is designed well, you’ll have good business. We can help optimise your design and eliminate waste to help you reduce the cost of production and therefore increase your margin. You’ll have a better product which you can sell at a high price for a lower cost! Win!
What do I need in order to start a project with Blender?
To start a project with us, all you really need is an idea! However, it is much preferred that you have an understanding of the market that your idea is set to solve. Although we know how to have fun, the Blender design and engineering team are experts and professionals, so we’d like our potential partners to have a genuine desire to build their product. Time is precious so we never want to waste time with the collaboration between Blender and our partners.
What sort of products does Blender design?
We like to design rad products! We can work on any product because the skills and process are the same across different industries. However, we’re especially interested in technically challenging products. We like solving difficult problems. We tend to design products we are interested in. This is important because we are engaged and passionate about what we do – when passion and skill work together, you can expect a masterpiece!Our Work
How is Blender different from other design firms?
We look at things differently. We see design potential in everything around us, and we get a huge thrill from creating products that result in a positive impact on the people who use them. Our team are made up of experts who are passionate about what we do. Most importantly, our client and partner collaboration are transparent, ensuring a seamless process from idea to manufacture. Find out more about us here:About Us
Can I be sure that my IP is safe with Blender?
Blender takes intellectual property and security very seriously. We take many steps to make sure your idea is secure. Your intellectual property is a top priority for us.
How does Blender engage with Clients?
Blender engages with the executives and decisions makers of an organisation, and we partner with you very closely. We build long-lasting relationships with both our clients and partners that we trust. Bringing the best of the best together and collaborating effectively is the key to success. It’s how we achieve impressive things.
Do you collaborate with other companies?
What we do
What is industrial design?
Industrial design is often misinterpreted as designing industrial things such as factories, but really what it is is a process of design applied to products that are manufactured through techniques of mass production. In simpler terms, this means creating products and services to optimise function, value AND appearance for both the manufacturer and user.
So why is it called INDUSTRIAL design? Good question, let’s take a trip to mid 18th Century Great Britain. During this time, the way objects were made changed due to the rise of industrial manufacture. Urbanisation changed patterns of consumption and the tastes of the market diversified. The wider middle class emerged which created a demand for styles for a much larger and diverse population, and that’s why it’s called industrial design!
What is a design brief?
No, they are not underwear worn while designing. A design brief is a comprehensive and detailed brief which becomes the document that guides the entire design process. It helps spells out exactly what we, as the designer, need to do and the constraints we need to work with. It is good if you already have one when you come to see us but we can also most definitely help you create one.
What is a Product Specification or Product Requirement Document (PRD)?
A PRD is a document which contains all the requirements for your product. It’s written so that we understand what your product should do. A PRD generally should avoid defining how the product will do that so that our designers and engineers can use our expertise to create an optimal solution to the requirements.
CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. When we refer to CAD, we are referring to 3D CAD. 3D CAD programs help us explore design ideas, visualise concepts through photorealistic renderings, and simulate how a design will perform in the real world. Most 3D CAD Programs allows the user to rotate objects in three dimensions, apply multiple light sources and render designs from any angle.
Do you do electronics design?
No, we don’t, but we do work with various experts in the field and have a lot of experience with working with Electronic Engineering (EE) teams to provide a seamless integration between mechanical and electronic hardware. However, we can help you integrate electronics into products. We don’t design circuits and PCBs, but we do specify electromechanical components.
Have an idea?
I have an idea for a product, where do I start?
You may have had bursts of creativity and a spark of genius, but maybe you don’t know how to make a product. That’s where we come in. We can guide and steer you in the right direction, to help turn your idea into a successful product through new product design. Find out how we can help you:Ask us a question
When should I bring a design team in?
As early as possible! By coming in as early as you can, we can give you advise and development strategy to help you avoid common mistakes along the way. We have ten years experience developing products from idea to market – so the earlier you see us, the better we can set you up for success!
We can, however, enter the development process at any stage and we do this often. Whether you have a working product that needs to be polished up or made new or a design that needs to be engineered to be manufacturable – we can help you at any stage of the journey.
I have a product I want to pitch for investment, can Blender help me?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a potential investor, potential customer, or even a coworker – we can most definitely help you here! When pitching an idea, a physical or virtual prototype (e.g., photorealistic rendering or animation) can bring your idea to life. This will give you confidence and set you up for success during your pitch, knowing that your design is sound.
I have a working prototype, now what?
Congratulations! That is an excellent place to be! If you haven’t yet engaged with a design firm, it is extremely beneficial for you to do so. This is so that we can make sure your product is designed for the market and Design For Manufacture (DFM) assembly. We can help you at any stage of the development process. Come and talk to us! We’re a fun bunch of peeps, and we don’t bite (unless we’re out of coffee).
What does it cost to develop a product?
It really really depends. Every project is different. This means that we can’t give you an idea of how much it could cost without first knowing more about your project and what you want to achieve. We don’t like pulling numbers out of thin air and would prefer to give you a real idea once we know the nature of the project. However, we can work within budget constraints and even tailor plans that can suit your commercial realities.
What does Blender know about making products in China?
Where do we start? We’ve been doing this for ten years, so we know how to make products in China and the challenges that come with it. We have worked with Chinese manufacturers for ten years, and we’ve learnt what does and doesn’t work and how to get the most out of our Chinese suppliers. Through experience, we have developed processes and figured out how to minimise the risk of making a product in China.
Can you help me find a manufacturer?
Yes, absolutely! This is a service we offer. We have an extensive network of suppliers which you can work with. We think it’s critical to find the right manufacturer because selecting the wrong manufacturer could kill your project.