Don’t let the whimsical blog logo fool you, Michael Graham is a professional Mechanical Engineer with years of R&D experience. You can view a gallery of his past professional projects here.
Services & Specialties:
- Learn if your product is production ready. I have the equipment & experience to build custom machinery & test rigs to prove the functionality of both prototypes and finished products. For example, if you are launching a product and need to know how many activations a switch can make before failure, I will build a machine to cyclically activate it and count cycles until failure.
Need to know the tensile strength of a custom assembly? I can provide proof loading or even measure the exact force it will take to break it.
- Custom Electro-Mechanical Testing Equipment. -load cells, data acquisition, test fixtures, etc. This goes hand in hand with my product testign service. If you want to purchase custom designed equipment for your own use then I can help!
- 3D modelling & design of one-off specialty mechanical devices.
- FDM 3D Printing & Prototype fabrication. Whatever can’t be done in my own shop ca be outsourced through my connections with local experts.
- Creative solutions catered to your specific needs.
- I can take your idea from concept to prototype in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.
My Product Development Process :
My product development process breaks down into 5 phases. Binding quotes are generated one phase at a time but estimates can be provided anytime. Deliverables are project specific but generally these are the steps:
1. Free consultation. Discussion via email & skype/phone as necessary to layout the scope of work. High level general advice is given freely within reasonable limits.
2. Project Planning: Recommendations such as: Design feedback, ideas, feasibility review, hand sketches, suggested parts, cost estimates, & links to more sources of information.
3. Project Engineering: Detailing out the project plan. Delivery of a BOM, dimensioned drawings & models, & whatever digital information is needed to communicate how to build the work as planned in the previous stage.
4. Prototyping: Creation of the work as specified in previous stage. Cost of materials, consumables, taxes, 3rd party fees, & shipping are passed on to you without markup. My time & expertise are the only billable items. IP generated belongs to you. A percentage of the material costs are billed prior to prototyping.
5. Support: Common deliverables include creation of user manual, video training documentation, and the like. While prototype *defect* troubleshooting is free, any questions considered as expanding the scope of previously planned work is considered billable support.