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Full-Service Engineering Services for Mining Products

314 Athlone Ave,
Ontario K1Z 5M4,

Design 1st is a full-service, physical product design-engineering firm that turns ideas into professional commercialised products. We have experience across all stages of a product’s lifecycle and developed over 1,000 projects that influence millions of people globally and helped secure more than 180 client patents.

Design 1st has been helping mining organisations bring new mining equipment to market for more than 20 years. With senior-level expertise across all aspects of industrial design and mechanical and electronics engineering combined with a philosophy of incorporating human behaviour science, Design 1st has helped mining equipment providers fuel innovation with the delivery of rugged, high-impact mining equipment transforming standards in the mining industry. 

Mining equipment companies turn to Design 1st for help in developing weather-tight custom electronics and enclosures and high-precision components that meet stringent safety and regulatory requirements. We plug into your existing team, help you identify and overcome risk factors early, and leverage expertise that spans a wide range of disciplines.

Ruggedized product design in the mining industry

Design 1st has an internal team of mechanical engineers, industrial designers, and electronics specialists to ensure your manufacturing hardware product can withstand adverse underground and outdoor environments. With our experience in navigating the complex regulatory process, we work closely with you to ensure your product meets certification requirements and gets to market fast.  

Instantel engaged Design 1st in a complete redesign of its existing seismometer.
The image shows the features of Instantel’s redesigned rugged seismometer for vibration blast monitoring.
GeoSight selected Design 1st to help develop an ultra-rugged 2.5in-diameter watertight LiDAR scanner.
Design 1st was contracted by Neptec to integrate its custom-printed circuit board (PCBs) and 3D LiDAR technology into rugged housing.
Here is a functional prototype of Neptec’s LiDAR scanner during early-stage lab tests.
This is a fast mockup of the LiDAR scanner for assembly options.
Sky-X requested Design 1st to develop a rugged, climate-controlled weatherproof container to house, protect and maintain a drone for remote operations.
Nanometerics engaged Design 1st for its industrial design and cost-effective plastics injection moulding expertise to design Titan, a rugged force balance triaxial accelerometer.
A fast low-cost minimum-viable-product (MVP) prototype was needed by Safe Xtract to attract investment and assess the acceptability of the new concept idea.

Re-design and modify existing mining products

Design 1st integrates into your existing engineering team and helps you accelerate the transformation from your existing product to a new look, form and functions that deliver optimal performance in emerging data-driven, high-bandwidth mining environments.

We design and coordinate low-yearly volume product and higher volume builds.

Mechanical engineering support

Design 1st offers a world-class experienced mechanical engineering team with deep roots in identifying strong, patentable elements that help to enhance and develop ruggedised mining equipment. Clients also own all the intellectual property (IP) created.

R&D exploration with Rapid Test Iteration

Design 1st drives the transformation of your new idea into a production-ready item with a proven process of design, test and build.  When risks are identified, we find low-cost options to qualify risk and determine the best solution to proceed with.  A recent example is how we helped our client Sky-X to design, prototype and deliver the world’s first production-ready prototype autonomous drone landing station.

Manufacturing support services for mining equipment

Design 1st has an internal team of supply coordination experts who work with the design team to choose and select your part suppliers and help you choose a contract manufacturer early in the product development process.

Our network of more than 1,000 component suppliers and manufacturers support teams when it comes to sourcing cost-driven quality parts and building your new product. This approach helps ensure new product development stays within your budget and timeline.

Connected devices within the mining sector

Design 1st knows that the future of mining involves connection to high-bandwidth networks allowing the transfer of data and interaction between devices and Cloud networks.

Our embedded electronics hardware and firmware teams are experts in modifying existing products to add processing power, sensors, interfaces, and new features with intrinsically safe wireless and wired connectivity,  and updating the electronics to energy-efficient high-quality devices with redundant design.

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314 Athlone Ave
Ontario K1Z 5M4

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