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OPD is a full-service, multi-award winning product design consultancy, committed to
delivering innovative, commercially successful products across industries.
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Making things better by making better things.OPD is a
full-service, multi-award winning product design consultancy, committed to delivering
innovative, commercially successful products across industries.
Our motto? Design it right. For the user, for manufacture,
for the market. We work with you and for you, via our intelligent and proven process
that we tailor to meet the unique requirements of your project.
Each of our clients benefit from the shared passion and combined knowledge of our team of experts. We bring together
decades of experience across disciplines - from industrial design to mechanical engineering, electronics engineering,
prototyping and manufacture.
Making things better by making better things. - Oxford Product Design is an
award-winning, full service product design consultancy founded in
We are professional problem solvers, working with some of the world’s leading brands on
category-defining products that improve how we humans live and work. (We wish we could share
them all here, but we’re sworn to secrecy.) And we’re just as excited about working with
entrepreneurs and startups on groundbreaking new ideas...
Our way of working is rigorous but flexible. We’ll take your
project from ideation to production, or can get involved and work alongside you at any stage
of the process - from technology development to engineering, visualisation, prototyping and
project management - integrating with your in house team or working independently.
We’re innovators - curious, experimental, creative and passionate.
But our pragmatic, precise approach and highly technical expertise mean that
manufacturability and risk management are at the core of everything we do.
Finally, we care deeply about the impact our work has on the
planet. We are proud to be founding partners at Oxford Greentech - a network encouraging
innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer to facilitate the transition toward a
Build it right - Our intelligent process has been honed over hundreds of
product design cycles. It’s rigorous
but flexible, and it works. We tailor it to meet the unique requirements of each and every
We can take your project from ideation to production, or can get involved at any stage of the
process - from R&D to engineering, prototyping and project management - integrating with
your in house team or working independently.
The first step is to build a detailed and accurate picture of the
end user, the market, and the problem. As our client, your knowledge and expertise is
invaluable to our finding the right solution.
We’re transparent, straightforward and open with our clients (and
with everyone else for that matter), working in true collaboration with you to get the job
done. Because we know that the best solutions come when people work together, pooling
knowledge, expertise and experience.
By monitoring progress throughout the project, we ensure that
we’re meeting your time constraints and budgets, and we look ahead to anticipate problems
and mitigate risk, testing our solutions and keeping manufacturability front and centre at
every stage of the process.
We’re independently ISO 9001:2015 certified. This internationally
recognised quality standard ensures that our process prioritises the best experience for our
clients through consistency and continuous improvement. So you know you’re in safe
We believe that we have a responsibility to our clients to drive
both the practicalities of manufacture and the commercial success of the products we have a
hand in creating.
We work with purpose toward a solution that will defy convention,
delight your user and exceed your expectations.
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how we can help with your next project.
Delivering an exceptional, commercially successful product requires creativity, passion and
technical expertise across multiple fields.
Our team brings together specialists from across disciplines - from research and strategy,
industrial design, to mechanical, electronics and software engineering, to
We can take your project from ideation to production, or can work alongside you at any stage
of the process - integrating with your in house team or working independently.
Our intelligent process has been honed over hundreds of product
design cycles. It’s rigorous but flexible, and it works. We tailor it to meet the unique
requirements of each and every project.
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Our industrial designers are adept at creating beautiful and informed designs that challenge
convention as well as being both realistic and achievable.
The team begins from a perspective that anything is possible. In an ideal world, what might
this product look like? How could it feel and behave? They conceive masses of ideas, before
narrowing down to the most innovative, inspiring and manufacturable approaches.
The team then works alongside our mechanical engineers to refine their ideas further, testing
their concepts throughout the process and ensuring manufacturability as well as determining
potential components, material and finishes.
We bring the concept to life through detailed, photorealistic
visualisations and animations using software including Creo ISDX, Rhino and Keyshot, to help
you convey your product to a wider audience. We’ll work closely with you to establish the
right colour, material and finish (CMF) for your product.
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about your next project.
Our designs have to be beautiful, innovative and crucially, realistic.
We work in collaboration with our clients to make sure we have a clear understanding of the
scope of the design challenge - before we begin to iterate, develop and hone the perfect
Our methodical approach allows us to examine the key factors that will influence a product’s
design. Design for Manufacture (DFM), Design for Assembly (DFA) and Design for Disassembly
(DFD) considerations always underpin our CAD surfacing and detailed design phase.
Using complex computer simulation methods and industry recognised tools including Creo CFD
and Solidworks Simulation Premium, we can predict the behaviour of the product concept and
determine critical factors that influence that behaviour.
Finite element analysis enables us to predict how your product
will respond to physical effects such as force, vibration and heat and helps pinpoint any
inefficiencies in the design.
Mold flow analysis ensures that the mold design is producing
strong and consistent parts.
Tolerance analysis lets us validate that the product can be
assembled in the factory with low yield, and that critical fits impacting performance can be
We can then work closely with a testhouse to guide your product to
achieve certifications such as CE, FCC and FDA.
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us about your next project.
We don’t stop at the design of a product’s casework.
We offer a complete and holistic approach to product design, integrating electronic
capabilities into our concepts to create smart, connected and optimised products that
contribute to the Internet of Things.
The electronics and software engineers on our team are true experts at seamlessly integrating
electronics to create smart, connected products. They work with emerging technologies to
develop firmware, software and hardware that will ensure smooth functionality and a sleek
experience for your end users.
Working across sectors enables us to see the bigger picture and
means that we can apply emerging technologies from other product types to build completely
Starting from initial feasibility studies, our full range of
services include the design of sub assemblies, printed circuit boards (PCBs), components or
even whole systems. By evaluating and developing the methods and tools required to assemble
products, we build component specs for rapid implementation.
Our electronic and mechanical
engineers work together to seamlessly build your electronics requirements into the
product. This speeds up the product development process, getting your product to market as
quickly as possible.
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Photorealistic software provides exquisitely rendered, animated visualisations that can help
you establish the right colour and feel for your product.
But even the most high fidelity virtual representation of a product can’t beat the experience
of holding it in your hand. When it comes to understanding the experience of using a product
in the real world there’s no substitute for physical prototyping.
Prototypes are often the fastest and most effective way to understand and refine a product’s
design as well as to communicate a product’s potential to future users or potential
We have the technology and the skills in house to simulate the
precise look, function and feel of finished products through a variety of techniques
including the very latest 3D SLA printing technology, in materials from plastics to
We also work with a group of trusted partners that offer CNC and
other prototyping capabilities.
The team is highly skilled in building everything from quick and
dirty visual prototypes for proof of concept, risk management and iteration - to functional
rigs for manufacture and pre production prototypes - right through to high precision
prototypes suitable for customer focus groups, testing and evaluation.
The perfect solution requires a perfect understanding of the problem.
We start by building a detailed and accurate picture of the end user, the problem your
product will solve for them, and the context in which your product will be used.
In our experience, a user-centred design approach is the fastest way to bring clarity and
direction to a project. We conduct questionnaires and focus groups, human factors and market
research, competitor analysis and product teardowns, and explore design trends and emerging
technology in the field.
The knowledge we gain through research allows us to boldly
challenge preconceptions, and to envision a product that will delight your user, defy
convention and create the conditions for commercial success.
Research is not a single phase at OPD. Rather, it’s a thread that
runs through our entire process. We ideate, prove and refine our ideas at every stage,
mitigating risk and ensuring that our designs are optimised for production.
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To be successful, every project needs careful planning, attention to detail and
Product design is a complex discipline with numerous moving parts that require the attention,
skills and knowledge of multiple experts.
Our project managers are diligent and skilled in the handling and coordination of every stage
of the product design process, right through to handing over manufacture-ready data to a
They will guide you through our flexible and proven process,
monitoring progress throughout the project to ensure that we’re hitting those crucial
milestones - both to deadline and to budget - and keeping you informed at every stage.
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how we can help with your next project.
Bringing a product to market is a complex operation. Each project brings a unique set of
challenges to navigate, and establishing the right strategy with the right support is key to
a successful journey.
Our team has the experience and the expertise to guide your project to success.
Whether you need help making your idea a reality or have developed a technology and are
looking for cross-sector opportunities to apply it, we will work with you to establish a
clear and definite strategy, and to help you make the decisions that will lead to a
We can also work closely with you to plan and manage your IP strategy and to apply for
development grants, investments and product funding applications.
Let’s make your product idea a reality. Get in touch.
Our responsibility doesn’t just end when we have finished the design stage - we also ensure
the practicalities of manufacture and support the commercial success of the products we have
a hand in creating.
Our design process has manufacturability and assembly at its core, and through our rigorous
testing and validation process we’re able to take products from idea stage all the way to
mass production. Our manufacturing partners can cut tools directly from our 3D data, saving
you both money and time.
We can help you to select and manage the best manufacturing
partner for your project. We have relationships with a variety of trusted, reliable and
experienced factories across the UK, Europe and Asia, who we ourselves have audited.
We support protobuilds - running the manufacture of your first
products through the assembly process to ensure that the relevant documentation, materials
and parts are in place for the build.
We also offer ongoing manufacturing support and production process
planning. For every project, we will see to it that the implementation of our designs is
efficient, effective and precise.
Our work doesn’t stop there. Seamless production requires ongoing
testing so we’ll oversee the manufacture of your final product, working closely with the
factory to manage quality issues, improve efficiency and bring down the overall cost.
Our engineers will look for ways to reduce lead time as well as
the overhead costs associated with the production process, while retaining exceptional
output and quality.
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We work across a wide variety of sectors - from household
to industrial products to medical devices.
That means we’re able to apply our learning from one sector to another, providing fresh
solutions and designing your products using breakthrough technologies, the most innovative
materials and the latest manufacturing methods available across industries.
We work in tandem with our clients - experts in their fields - to offer strategic product
development and maximise the quality and efficiency of existing products, establish their IP
and develop groundbreaking new concepts from scratch.
While every sector is different, with its own legislation and
regulations, our user-centric approach to product design
runs through every project. With a deep understanding of your consumer and their
environment, we create products that delight users, defy convention and create the
conditions for commercial success.
At OPD we work across a broad range of healthcare technology, from small medical devices to
complex laboratory equipment.
With many medical systems now available for patients to use from home, the boundary between
medical devices and consumer electronics is increasingly blurred. We work to understand your
users’ needs, creating safe, optimised and user friendly products.
Our team has a shared desire to create products that improve the lives of those that use
them. We inject creativity and passion to provide fresh solutions, designing your products
using our knowledge of breakthrough advancements in technology, the most innovative
materials and the latest manufacturing methods.
We work collaboratively with our clients - experts in their fields
- to offer strategic product development and maximise the quality and efficiency of existing
products, establish their IP and develop groundbreaking new concepts from scratch.
We design for compliance with rapid turnaround and proof of
concept for new, patentable ideas, and will work with you to pinpoint the regulatory
constraints and competitor IP you need to be aware of to get your product to market as
efficiently as possible.
Our quality management system is ISO9001 certified, and we are
working towards ISO13485 certification - meaning that we mitigate risks and meets regulatory
requirements for the traceable and transparent documentation and design of medical
Let's talk about your upcoming project.
At OPD we have a remarkable track record for the creation of production equipment for highly
regulated rugged, safety critical and extreme environments - including for oil, gas, mining
A deep understanding of specifications and environment are critical in creating any
successful product, but that’s especially true when it comes to designing for ATEX. We have
a clear overview of the standards and regulations we need to meet and will ensure your
product gets approved and certified.
Our designs are infused with a deep understanding of both
traditional and emerging materials and manufacturing methods. We explore technical details
such as mechanisms, manufacturing processes, finishes and dimensions to add to the value and
utility of your industrial or commercial product
The process we follow blends creativity, technical knowledge and
expertise to create products that are intrinsically safe, highly functional and
aesthetically desirable to your target market.
We design products that have dual and even triple redundancy.
Products that can be relied upon. Products that can be trusted.
We work with some of the world’s leading brands on category-defining products that improve
how we humans live and work.
Our skilled team of designers blends form and function to achieve beautiful and innovative
products - and product ranges - that speak your brand and are a joy to use.
Successful consumer product design is underpinned by a strong manufacturing strategy and
efficient time-to-market. Through our rigorous and proven process we will establish the
appearance and affordability of your product up front, reduce your development time, and
ensure that the right decisions are made quickly.
Get in touch to talk to us about your next project.
Our work is about establishing how a product will come together. But what’s equally important
is how it will come apart.
We’re passionate about sustainable innovation and care deeply about the impact our work has
on the planet, and about what happens at the end of the life cycle of the products we
Considering the life-cycle impacts of a product can not only provide environmental benefits,
but can also support customer satisfaction, cost savings and legislative and regulatory
We are proud to be founding partners at Oxford Greentech - a
network encouraging innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer. We’re on a journey
with our clients toward creating a sustainable future for the industry.
At Oxford Product Design we’re always looking for creative, driven, talented people to join
our growing team.
We’re a passionate bunch, committed to designing products that break new ground. We invest in
the latest technology and training to ensure our team has the resources to do work we can be
really proud of.
OPD is an ego-free, collaborative consultancy. Our team combines the diverse experience,
skills and knowledge of seasoned experts and exceptional graduates. Together, we’re able to
be both rigorous and truly innovative.
At OPD you’ll have the chance to work on a massive variety of
products - from household names to healthcare. Some brands you’ll already know, while others
are truly specialist.
We offer competitive salaries, ongoing training and development, a great working environment
in central Oxford, and flexible working arrangements to fit around the rest of your life. On
top of that, you’ll get 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) and a competitive pension
Want to be a part of it? View our current vacancies or get in touch.
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