Developing your business, by design
Established in 2003, 3Minds is a design and innovation company based in the UK backed by thorough engineering practice. With a client-base serving world markets, 3Minds provides technical expertise on a wide range of new product developments and electronic design. These include products for medical, transport, communications, commercial and industrial automation sectors.
3Minds comprises a dynamic team of consultants that have brought dozens of products to market over a period of nearly 20 years working together. We create product concepts and turn them into fully engineered solutions ready for manufacture.
- Creative design
- Electronic engineering solutions
- Computer aided design and engineering
- Rapid Prototyping
- Advice on material choice and process suitability
- Design for manufacture and assembly
- Product evaluation and analysis
- Functional prototypes and test rigs
- Value Engineering
- CE Directive and marking expertise
- Batch Production
What we do
3Minds is a new product development specialist, based in the West Midlands.
3Minds work with client companies to realise business goals for new product designs and brand success.
Our expertise covers, Product design and packaging, Industrial design, Electronic engineering, Firmware design and Graphic design. We can draw on specialist software design resources to provide a seamless solution.
We create a broad range of electronic products for markets including industrial, medical, communication and commercial sectors.
We bring particular expertise to:
- System design
- Evaluation and redesign for obsolesence, ROHS and EMC compliance
- Prototyping and evaluation
- Reverse engineering
- Display technology selection
We create products that are mechanically robust yet visually appealing with a particular emphasis on design for manufacture.
We are particularly experienced in developing products that use:
- Injection mouldings
- Machined and sheet metal fabricated parts
3Minds offers a creative graphic design service to help you achieve and develop your corporate image.
- Logos and Straplines
- Business stationery
- Adverts and Leaflets
- Folders and Brochures
- Website design
Industrial Design is the professional activity by which we design products for manufacture incorporating an innovative approach, design thinking and relevant styling to realise benefits for you and your customers. This involves technical decisions to ensure our design proposals use materials and technology effectively, and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements.
Computer aided design
At 3Minds we use the latest 3D-CAD which helps us to translate our initial thoughts and concepts into an electronic solid model.
This virtual model will help you to visualise the design and help us to realise the component parts and ensure that they will fit together. We have many years of experience using 3-Dimensional Solid modelling software products.
As we review the design with you and move toward parts which we want to manufacture as prototypes we can use the solid model/s by converting them to files which can be sent to a rapid prototyping bureau or CNC machinist. These processes are particularly powerful for reducing the design cycle and time to market.
Planning is vital to success and the avoidance of feature creep. This is how we do it;
- Specification of requirements
- Market research
- Product innovation
- Concept generation
- Research and development
Prototyping and validation
- Certification and documentation
As part of the design process or as an independent requirement 3Minds will use product visualisation techniques to communicate product concepts, forms and assemblies. Visuals will typically provide photorealistic images so that a product can be viewed before commitment to a design phase or to supply images for marketing and manufacturing functions.
Simple three dimensional forms can be created quickly in 3D CAD systems and basic rendering applied, this is ideal for in house use. Different forms, colourways and material finishes can be quickly changed to supply multiple possibilities for you to choose from at an early stage.
Exploded views & animations
Should you require input into your technical documentation we can provide exploded views and animations to your manufacturing facility for operator training and quality assurance purposes.
Photorealistic images take longer to develop but if you want to communicate your designs to project stakeholders and potential customers early in the design phase this is an ideal method to do so. We can also make composite images combining 3D photorealistic renderings and real photographs for that extra realism.
Animated rendered models
For that all important pitch to a major client you may wish to bring your product visuals to life by having them animated whether it's a simple rotation of the product or the ability to see moving parts of the design in action. These visuals will help to sell your concept fantastically well before you go to the expense of manufacturing.
Our electronic engineers have the technical expertise to design products from the ground up. We have developed many complex designs and indeed have years of experience behind us. This combined with the desire to stay at the forefront of new and emerging technologies drives us to create successful new product development solutions.
We have extensive experience from simple control products to embedded and flat panel computers. Previous projects have included designs incorporating the following:
- Enbedded microcontrollers, including Intel Xscale®, AMD 186/188, Motorola PowerPC®, Renasas M16C, STMicroelectronic's ARM Cortex-M3 and Microchip PIC®
- User interface technologies
- Standard interfaces including USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, PS/2, SPI and RS232/485
- Analogue and digital I/O
- Temperature control and monitoring
- Battery powered devices
- Flat panel display technologies ranging from small character displays to large TFTs
We can develop your ideas for functionality into working systems and integrate with your own resources as required.
This means that you can use our services to develop complete electronic solutions or indeed any aspect of a system.
This flexible approach is aimed at providing you with successful solutions.