Innovators & Startup Firms

Overview Projects Process

At any step along the path to production — industrial design sketch, photorealistic rendering, animation, 3D CAD, prototype, final product design files — SPARK is able to meet you where you are, and get you where you need to be.

inventor engineering process

inventor engineering process

inventor engineering process

You have taken steps to build a company around your brand. You have acquired a team of professionals, a great logo, a killer business plan. To achieve the level of success that will make it all worthwhile, your product needs to shine. SPARK can work seamlessly with your startup to add polish to your product. We take good ideas and make them great products, ready to catch the eye of retailers.

Generally we follow our four step process with startups, but we try to be as flexible as possible with numerous project touch points. Changes along the way are inevitable, but they don't have to be painful. We strive to make them informative and exciting steps along the way.

Independent Inventor
You have the next big thing, either scribbled on a napkin or parked on the workbench in your garage. What is the next step? The path to market for the independent inventor is often unmarked, untrodden and peppered with tolls. We understand your passion, and we realize the risks ahead, even if you don't. Inventor education must be the first step in your journey, and we are here to help you find your footing. Even if SPARK isn't the right fit for you today, make use of our inventor resources. An informed, educated inventor with limited means will go further than an uninitiated inventor with limitless capital. When you are ready to go, we'll be here.

The recommended process with inventors is often dictated by the robustness of the idea brought to us. A napkin sketch often necessitates a robust definition and proof-of-concept phase. Its our way to reveal your invention's function early so that it can be evaluated and refined. Once we reach agreement on what we're really trying to accomplish, we can adjust our process to fit your needs.

Concept Engineering Process


SPARK starts every project at its center. We focus our efforts on defining the core functions and design criteria at inception to guide the design process outward. Considerations like marketing, product users and environment, production processes, and product economics are all factored in. Spark's team of creative, diverse and even eccentric professionals all contribute to each project. The best ideas from the team evolve into concept design sketches, storyboards, and animations.

Development Engineering Process


Because we think about what is likely to happen before it happens, we avoid common design and manufacturing pitfalls. We deliver designs that show our depth of knowledge and our understanding of your business. You won't see designs that can't be accomplished — we would rather deliver rock-solid designs that are "tool ready". Engineering analysis (FEA, FMEA, DFMA) and cost analysis ensure risks are minimized.

Prototyping Engineering Process


The first prototype is a real world, tactile object that gives us invaluable information about what your idea needs to become a successful product. Prototypes come in many forms, from CNC cut foam, to 3D prints, to complex machined parts. No matter how big your idea is, we have a way to build, test, analyze and refine it for the real world.

Refinement Engineering Process


Lessons learned from the prototypes are applied to the design for production. Additionally, CAD designs benefit from review by manufacturers. This dialogue ensures your product will be made with the best cost, performance and delivery balance. The final product documentation is the key method of communication with suppliers and within an organization. We produce complete, detailed documentation packets for your product. If you need a manufacturer, we can help you find one as well.

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SPARK connects innovation with specialized execution, and thrives on exploring viability and producing detailed designs for real manufacturability. SPARK combines deep competencies & technical know-how with a flexible style. SPARK is exceptional at conceptualization, engineering, industrial design, and producing tool-ready designs and prototypes.