Design and engineering solutions for established manufacturers and entrepreneurs since 1999.
Sheet metal internal structures with cosmetic external cladding. Integration of electronic hardware.
Aesthetic concept designs are explored using premium materials and refined finishing techniques.
Product development, graphic design, prototyping and marketing visuals.
Sheet metal fabrication, Aluminium extrusions, CNC machining.
Injection moulded parts for a range of applications and industries including medical, FMCG and consumer electronics.
Revision control, critical dimensions, BOMs, material specification, tolerances.
Exploring visual and technical solutions
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
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
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.
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.
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.