Design and engineering solutions for established manufacturers and entrepreneurs since 1999.

Past design projects, injection moulding, 3D CAD,  Hardwear enclosures, mouldings, mechanism design
Our experience designing POS, wayfinding, kiosk design, payment terminal and digital signage
Signage and point of sale

Sheet metal internal structures with cosmetic external cladding. Integration of electronic hardware.

Past design work, premium product design, CNC aluminium, designer product
Premium lifestyle goods

Aesthetic concept designs are explored using premium materials and refined finishing techniques.

Design for crowdfunding, crowdcube, grant for design kickstarter, gofundme,
Kickstarter funded project
Crowdfunding

Product development, graphic design, prototyping and marketing visuals.

design of industrial enclosures, metal covers, CNC Aluminium, sheet metal enclosures
Electronics enclosures

Sheet metal fabrication, Aluminium extrusions, CNC machining.

Our experience designing plastic and rubber goods. Injection moulding
Plastic and rubber parts

Injection moulded parts for a range of applications and industries including medical, FMCG and consumer electronics.

Our experience designing plastic and rubber goods. Injection moulding
Support against Covid-19

Batch manufacture of 3D printed ear guards for frontline staff at East Surrey Hospital.

We use SolidWorks to create control drawings
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Control drawings

Revision control, critical dimensions, BOMs, material specification, tolerances.

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SMEs

Working with SMEs and established businesses who seek professional assistance with engineering and new product development. We can work as an effective addition to your permanent team.

  • Medical diagnostics
  • Signage and wayfinding
  • Information and payment kiosks
  • Military equipment
  • FMCG and structural packaging
  • AV and consumer electronics
  • Industrial electronics enclosures
  • Hospital equipment handling 

Entrepreneurs

Guiding an entrepreneur with an idea through the steps needed to bring a product to market. With the benefit of over 20 years industry experience we can work with you to create the perfect product.

  • Lifestyle products
  • Mother and baby
  • DIY and industrial tools
  • Sporting goods
  • Scientific and research models
  • Living aids and healthcare
  • Personal protection equipment 
  • Education

About us

James Barr

Company owner James Barr BSc(Hons) established a limited company in 2014 to work directly with clients. With a network of trusted manufacturing partners James Barr Design has reliable links to prototype and manufacture products.

James has been a consultant designer since 1999, working in a wide range of industries as both a consultant and in-house senior designer. Consultancy work requires the ability to research and quickly understand any products unique challenges and opportunities. Running in-house design teams requires great attention to detail for all aspects of a product launch including quality control, graphic design and packaging. 

After an initial introduction phonecall we advise putting an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) in place. This is a very standard document which protects your idea when you share it with us. We have a standard one which we use for new enquiries.

Testimonials

" Reliable, trustworthy and responsible. He is creative and able to communicate his design concepts effectively through the use of 3D CAD and rendering software. Hard working, well organised and extremely personable having a natural ability to get on with everyone who came in contact with him. "
Medical device design
Tony Lee
Owner - Lee Design Associates
" James managed a team of designers and technicians and was responsible for product design over a range of Audio Visual brands owned by Armour. An important part of his role was to ensure that projects were managed to time and budget. "


AV product design
Dr Mark Collingwood
Director - Armour Home Electronics
" James has supported R'Care with both his creativity and technical ability to develop a family of new products for us. Working with European manufacturing partners he has developed attractive and economic products underpinned by a good understanding of our market requirements. "
Medical product design
John Gough
Director - R'Care KFT

Experience and technology

Having worked since 1999 in product design and engineering we have a wealth of experience to draw from both in terms of manufacturing knowledge and aesthetics. We use the very latest 3D CAD systems (SolidWorks Premium), and have in-house 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies. Having invested in prototyping tools and industry standard design software our design process is very efficient meaning we can develop concept designs in a few days and produce working prototypes in under 24 hours.

3D Printer
3D Printed parts
3D scanner

Quick evaluation of physical prototypes leads to a reduction in the total development timeline. Batch production of parts is also possible using in-house equipment – which is both economic and time efficient.

The use of industry standard 3D CAD offers numerous benefits; it’s the old adage of using the ‘right tool for the job’. In the early stages of product development structural components can be run through FEA simulations (Finite Element Analysis) to highlight possible points of weakness. Additionally, CFD simulations (Computational Fluid Dynamics) of how liquids fill a void, airflow and aerodynamics can show where efficiencies can be made.

3D CAD and in particular ‘solid modelling’ generates the data which is used for prototype creation and also can go on to be used for tooling.   

Over the last 20 years we have worked on projects in an extraordinarily diverse range of industries including: access control, nuclear inspection, sporting goods, fragrance devices, (medical) disposable diagnostic, laboratory equipment, oil industry, construction equipment, DIY, marine safety, mother and baby, toys, martial arts, military, high-end audio products (amps), loudspeakers for consumer and retail market, AV systems (home automation), FMCG, packaging, transport, education, furniture, medical equipment handling, medical patient entertainment, consumer electronics, lifestyle products, sustainable products, security, process containment, industrial machinery, Healthcare – rehabilitation devices, marketing and promotion, barcode scanning, industrial workdesks, signage, point of sale, digital wayfinding, security, motorsport advertising, dental PPE, flight simulation, household goods, exhibition planning.