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Cambridge-based company launches new start-up support service

25 November 2010

Think Product Design has launched a Start-up Support Service to meet demand from start-ups and SMEs for affordable, effective product design. Providing everything needed by growing businesses to turn their ideas into finished products, the new service acts as a one-stop shop for product design and development. Based on transparent pricing structures, it includes funding and patent advice, industrial design and transfer to manufacturing, all tailored to the specific needs of UK start-ups.

The new launch adds to Think Product Design’s (TPD's) portfolio of services for companies of all sizes. Celebrating its first year of operation, the Cambridge-based consultancy provides effective product design built on the concept of achievable innovation.
TPD was founded by Tim Evans, who has over 20 years experience in creating effective industrial designs. In the last twelve months TPD has successfully completed major projects to design wood burning stoves for the iconic Aga brand, and high end audio components for US company Russound. A member of the Chartered Society of Designers, Tim has additionally been selected as a consultant to the Hethel Engineering Centre and has mentored student entrepreneurs at the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC).

“In increasingly competitive markets, whether selling products to consumers or businesses, effective product design can make the difference between success or failure,” says managing director Tim Evans. “However, for many start-ups the whole idea of getting help with product design can be daunting – and sound potentially beyond their budgets. Our new Start-Up Support Service demystifies the design process and provides practical, tailored help for their individual needs. The aim is to ensure the success of the next generation of British companies by turning their dreams into reality. This new service means we can deliver practical, pragmatic and cost-effective design to companies of all sizes and across all industries.”

The Start-up Support Service includes the following components:

Product conception
Product realisation through advanced computer modelling techniques
Usability and ergonomics testing
Transfer to manufacturing, including prototyping and component sourcing using strategic partnerships both in the UK and Far East
Visualisation to demonstrate potential applications of technology concepts
Funding, patent and legal advice to protect intellectual property 

An example of TPD's product development work - a glass loundspeaker concept - is illustrated above.

More information about the new service is available here.

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