Engineering that integrates with industrial design

Appropriate solutions for demanding design problems

Our engineering team at Bridge is passionate about the entire product development process. We work closely with designers and clients to understand a project’s goals and to develop early concepts and breadboard mechanisms. Our understanding of engineering feasibility is built into our industrial design process, and our dedication to good design and usability maintains the integrity of the vision as we move a product into detailed engineering phases.

At Bridge, we know that regular communication amongst stakeholders helps manage risk. Our approach includes close collaboration with clients and manufacturing partners to choose the appropriate materials and processes, ensuring that parts meet performance and cost goals.  We guide a product all the way through manufacturing, and help with test and quality control procedures.  We are adept at taking complete responsibility for the engineering of a product, and are likewise very effective at collaborating with our clients’ internal design and engineering teams.

Collaborating closely with our parent company Ximedica, in addition to mechanical engineering, we bring strong expertise in electrical and software engineering, and are able to manufacture for pilot production under ISO 13485.

Our experience runs broad and deep, from low volume biotech instruments to high volume consumer oriented medical devices. Among our work: developing complex mechanisms for tissue collection; the redesign of a low volume surgical tool to produce dramatic cost reduction; a range of quick breadboard mechanisms to show usability methods for inhalers; and designing functional gauges to define strict quality controls for part production.

At Bridge, we enjoy flexing our creative engineering muscles, then following through with profound attention to detail.

Program Management
User Research
Engineering Analysis
Material Selection
Process Selection
Vendor Selection
CAD Documentation
Cost Optimization
Sustainability (LCA)
Test Jigs, Gauges

Recent PD projects
Recent PD Posts

Touch screen ergonomics : The key to seamless usability

  Touch interactions are becoming ubiquitous – at home, at work, and at play – for everything from espresso machines to parking meters to medical devices.  That means design choices around…

The Convergence of Medical Devices and Consumer Products

Bill Evans Principal of Bridge Design San Francisco speaking at a GlobalSpec eVent “Medical Equipment Design” on March 3rd 2010.

The Greening of Medical Product Design

This article was originally published in MDDI on August 2008.

Creating Cleo

This article originally appeared e + f: engineering the future, a CUES publication April 2006.