“ The i4 brand to is synonymous with the essential ingredients for long-term relationships; honesty, trust, quality and the ability to continually deliver innovative product development solutions to meet our customers’ needs.” i4 is a Scottish-based product development company located within the Edinburgh Science Triangle. Our aim is to deliver market-leading products on time and within budget. With an impressive client list, in the technology, medical & consumer markets, we have developed over 50 products in our first five years of business, enabling our clients to realise new markets and increased sales through innovative product solutions. We have an excellent track record, 85% of turnover is generated from repeat business.
Our focus is in building strong client relationships, understanding their technology and working with them towards the common goal of bringing to market well-designed, profitable products.
Our motivation is driven by the satisfaction we get from seeing ideas transform from the conceptual to the physical.
Our creative ambition is to design beautiful-looking, well- engineered products which are distinctive, competitive and ultimately profitable for our clients. We have extensive experience in this environment and have invested heavily in software tools that allow us to produce full manufacturing documentation or interface with our clients’ production systems.
Our work embraces products across a wide range of market sectors. Importantly, we can work with individuals and multi-nationals alike. From low volume technology demonstrators, field trial units to full mass-produced consumer products we have experience in identifying the correct development and manufacturing path for your product ideas. Working in a highly collaborative environment allows us to draw on a vast knowledge of previous experience.
CAD tools allow us to produce advanced “A” surfaces of the most complex organic forms. Every manufacturing detail is captured in the component engineering phase. Using the latest rapid techniques prototypes allow early form, fit and mechanical evaluation. Drop, ingress and assembly testing can all be done in-house prior to product certification. Pre-production builds of field trial, alpha and beta test units can be conducted in our workshop prior to full volume manufacture.
“ The designer has to focus on delivering product to the end user. Design is not personal, it is about understanding what identifies the client’s brand values and elevating them above the competition.”
Manufacturing data is supplied in 2D and 3D form. No further detail is necessary - tooling can be manufactured directly. Our large partner network enables vendor selection appropriate to your manufacturing requirements. We manage the tooling & process development ensuring the design objectives are met. We get involved through component approval to ensure the design is ready for volume manufacture. i4 provide component and product supply if you wish to outsource this service.
“ The design and engineering functions are inseparable - at i4 they develop concurrently. Industrial designers and engineers work together, the aesthetic language is not diluted as engineering requirements develop.”
“ Innovation not only lies in the idea itself but also in the way it is designed, engineered and delivered to market. i4 explore alternative, cost effective strategies - that is where we can assist in commercialising the product effectively.”
We have experience of bringing products to market which need protection from heat, liquid and shock. It is equally important that your product maintains your brand values and identity to distinguish it from the competition. At i4 we apply the same attention to aesthetics, ergonomics, engineering and manufacturability across all product sectors.