What We Do

An overview of the kinds of projects we excel at and the skills and experience we apply to those projects for our clients.

M3 Design is a leading product development firm focused on Industrial Design / Mechanical Engineering solutions for our clients.

Since our founding in 1996, we’ve accumulated experience in almost every industry; everything from delicate medical devices to large-scale, multi-system industrial equipment to consumer-centric wearables. We help our clients solve impossible problems and have launched countless products into their markets. Whether our clients need support conducting research and setting strategy, showcasing conceptual designs, or gearing up for manufacturing, M3 is ready to dive in. No matter the challenge, our team is passionate about crafting the best solution for every product and executing that vision with the utmost quality.

Industries and Projects

  • Custom manufacturing equipment
  • Custom Laboratory and Test equipment
  • Medical and Dental hand and power tools
  • Aerospace cabin equipment
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Rack Mounted Systems
  • IT Systems Packaging
  • Electronics packaging
  • Optical system packaging
  • Robotic and automated systems
  • Pet products
  • Gaming Systems
  • Short-run reference design build

Research and User Testing

  • Stakeholder interviews
  • In context observations
  • Competitive benchmarking
  • Facility and user recruitment coordination
  • User testing / concept evaluations
  • Heuristic analysis
  • Workflow analysis
  • Human factors analysis
  • Product Requirement documentation
  • Product definition workshops
  • Ethnographic research
  • Determining Minimum viable product strategy
  • Product Teardowns
  • Technology Investigation
  • Component and Process Research
  • Intellectual property investigation and inventions

Industrial Design

  • 2D sketch and renderings
  • 3D surface modeling and CAD renderings
  • Heuristic analysis and usability improvements
  • Form development
  • Architecture definition
  • Design language development
  • Color, material, finish strategy
  • Trend analysis
  • Brand Development and application
  • Stakeholder / Product Lifecycle identification and mapping
  • Ux / UI Design and wireframing

Luminex Aries molecular diagnostics platform

Mechanical Engineering

  • Complex 3D Surfacing
  • Conceptual Design
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Reference Designs
  • Detailed Part Design
  • Mechanisms design
  • Design for serviceability, reliability, cost, performance, testability, usability
  • Medical capital, re-usable, and disposable product design
  • Optics module design
  • Engineering analysis (i.e FEA, thermal)
  • Thermal Management and Control
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Fluid management and manifold design
  • Design for extreme and hazardous environments
  • Large enclosure design
  • Electronics packaging designs
  • Plastic part design (low and high volume)
  • Low Pressure Molding Design
  • Material and technology selection
  • Robotic and automated systems
  • Manufacturing Automation Systems
  • LabView control systems
  • PLC control systems
  • Open source systems (i.e. Arduino)
  • Production Documentation
  • Tolerance analysis / GD&T
  • Design Testing and Verification

Manufacturing Support

  • Manufacturer Identification & Qualification
  • Manufacturing Tool Build Support
  • Domestic and Off-Shore Support
  • ODM/OEM Liaison/Management
  • EVT/DVT Build/Review Support
  • Test or Inspection Fixtures and Gauges
  • Assembly Fixtures and Automation
  • Custom Laboratory and Test equipment
  • BOM and engineering documentation
  • Small quantity supply chain for beta-level / reference design products
  • Production tooling feedback and support
  • First Article Part evaluation

Project Management

  • Project Management / coordination of external resources
  • Product development planning
  • Design Reviews
  • Regulatory test management

Graph showing a well-timed product strategy timeline