We offer the following design services:
Product Design from Scratch
Design Reviews, Pre-Release and Post-Release
Prototype Development and Fabrication
Please note that all of our services are provided
with the highest confidentiality standards. Our reputation is impeccable. We guarantee your satisfaction.
|Product Designs from Scratch
|Prototype chess set CNC machined|
||We will come up with alternative designs
or creative new designs for you from scratch.
||We will help you take an idea and
turn it into a set of production drawings.
||We now offer 3-D drawing capabilities, using Solid Works
Modeling program, to produce .SAT, .SLT, .IGS & .DWG drawing files and can
take your idea from drawing board, to finished SLA, SLS, and other forms of
finished prototypes within days, instead of weeks and months.
||We also offer printed circuit board design, and printed circuit
prototyping, from right here in the good old U.S.A., and production runs from our off-shore
||We will help you choose the best
materials and manufacturing methods.
||We will help you incorporate ergonomics
and aesthetics into your designs.
||If you have an existing product line,
we will provide you with new concepts for follow-through
products. We call this service "Inventing-to-Order."
||All designs completed for or with our
clients become their property with no further compensation
||We offer comprehensive product design
reviews and second opinions on product design at any stage
||Do you need a second opinion on a product
design before investing in production tooling? We can help.
||We provide creative cost reduction
solutions and value added product improvements after products
are already on the market.
||We provide fast re-designs and retrofit
able fixes for "problem" products which you need to quickly
repair, improve or update.
||We supply fast solutions and quick fixes
for those electrical, mechanical and marketing "OOPSes"
that catch you by surprise, because, well . . . we know
"stuff" happens! And, we know how to fix "stuff." We have
been providing "Overnight Engineering" Solutions for our
clients for over twenty-five years.
||We provide opinions on product liability
from a product design standpoint.
|Prototype development and fabrication
||For twenty-five years, our motto has
been, "If we can't make it, you don't need it." Regardless
of how simple or complex your prototype is, we will design
it and/or build it from scratch.
||We will do limited production runs of
CNC mill or lathe parts, welded assemblies, pneumatic
and/or electro/mechanical components, subassemblies and
complete finished products in packages.
||If your product will best be manufactured
offshore, we will arrange to have prototypes made by
offshore manufacturers who want your business and are
prepared to earn it.
Here is what a patent attorney from a leading San Francisco Law
Firm said about our services:
"I have represented James F. Riordan for over 12 years in intellectual
property matters. During this time, I have worked with him in protecting
his numerous inventions in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. I have found him to be a person dedicated to the solution of complex
design problems. I have also been impressed with his successes in
assisting third parties in reducing their inventions to practice and in
commercializing their inventions. Mr. Riordan is hard working, is
intellectually honest and has a mastery of his skills sufficient to
qualify him as an expert witness in patent infringement and products
liability lawsuits. I strongly recommend him for tasks which require
mature judgment in the solution of problems of the type described above."
John L. McGannon
Law Offices Townsend and Townsend
Here are just a few comments from our clients:
Folding Patio Boat/Houseboat
|Jim Brignolio's patio
boat unfolding on|
|Jim Brignolios patio
boat # 2 folded out|
12 foot wide. Seats fold down
and make into beds for camping
|Jim Brignolios patio
#2 folded up for trailering
Certainly one of the best ideas we've seen in "patio boating," Jim
Brignolio's design folds up for easy trailering and then rapidly and
easily folds out on the trailer and slips into the water. When Jim first
contacted us, the patio boat had to be unfolded in the water. We conceived
a trailer for Jim that allowed his unique patio boat to be unfolded on
the trailer, before being put into the water. Now, patio boat owners can
enjoy all of the extra deck space of a full size patio boat, with the ease
and convenience of towing and launching a much smaller boat. The couches
all fold down into beds for camping, and both fully enclosed models and
sunroof only models are available. The pictures above are of the second
proof of concept model and the finished product will soon be offered to
patio boat manufacturers for licensing. By 2003, three patents
have been issued on the folding patio boat.
What our client said:
"Your trailer design provided the solution to the last big challenge
we had and made our folding patio boat so easy to launch that now anyone
can do it."
Percutaneous Hip Pinning Kit:
set invented by Dr. Steve
Imrie. We built the
Dr. Stephen Imrie, a leading surgeon in hip replacements, invented
this tool set to enable him to perform less invasive hip surgeries. At the time, hip surgery required the patient to be "opened up" in such
a manner that the patient suffered a great deal of post operative pain
and had a long recovery period. We worked with Dr. Imrie to improve his
design and build a tool set which could be used in test operations. We
produced two identical sets of the tools. Dr. Imrie first used the tools
in an operation on a cadaver to prove out the concept and then, after
receiving the green light, began using the tool set in operations on
live patients, reducing their trauma and speeding their recovery by 75%.
What our client said:
"I just used the new tools on our first live patient and they
worked exactly as advertised. Know that your contributions were
significant. I would recommend your services to anyone needing help with
their prototype development".
Dr. Stephen Imrie
Mobile carport system
We evaluated this project for the Capital Institute investors group
and found inherent problems in the design.
What our client said:
"Thank you for your advice on this proposal. We agree with you
and have decided not to pursue it. As always, your information was right
on target. Your services have become a real asset to The Capital Institute.
Your company has already helped us to avoid several investments
which appeared, on the surface, to be worthwhile, but, after your analysis,
were shown to be inappropriate for our investors. On the other hand,
your suggestions for product improvements
and marketing strategies have helped to expand the horizons of our present
projects. We consider Cameron Technologies to be a most valuable source of
information, and we plan to increase the use of your services as an integral
part of our investment review department."
Bruce J. Blechman
The Capital Institute
Esther Roberts came to us with a sophisticated cardiac care device. We reviewed the design and we were able to significantly reduce the
number of moving parts thus reducing the cost of goods sold and reducing
maintenance while at the same time improving reliability and product life
What our client said:
"I am writing this to let you know how instrumental you have been
in the refining and conceptual development of my cardiac device. Your
ability to grasp the principles governing the functioning of my device
and to assist me in an innovative approach to troubleshooting such a
complex, specialized medical design is quite remarkable. I value
your expertise in patent law. Additionally, I have found
your ability to think creatively about alternative ways to approach
development of my design to be absolutely invaluable! I have a lot of
confidence in your professional judgment. Thanks again for your help! I will be certain to refer other clients
to you as the opportunity arises."
Esther Roberts, R.N. , B.S.N.
Jane Levinsohn developed a new product for seamstresses but was
having problems perfecting her prototype. We were able to provide the
solutions to her challenges.
What our client said in a letter to the person who recommended us:
"I did meet with Jim Riordan and he came up with a design that is just
perfect! Many thanks for putting me in touch with Jim. In no
time at all, he solved the problems that had held me up for over a year!
No need to tell you how pleased I was! The materials he used were so
simple and inexpensive, yet they did the job perfectly. I'm so pleased
to have found the Alliance for American Innovation and Jim Riordan."
Game Control Design
While at Atari Jim Riordan designed, redesigned or helped design many
different action devices and control systems for Atari's coin operated games. Jim designed the first prototype of the "ripcord" handle/joystick control
used to play Atari's Skydiver game. At the time, Jim was active in
skydiving at Pope Valley Parachute Ranch and also provided the skydiving photos
used on the catalog sheets and wall posters for the game.
|Atari Skydiver Game|
Jim was responsible for the design of several action devices on Atari Pinball
games as well, from the first "Atarians" game through "Superman."
|Atari's first Pinball Game|
What Atari had to say:
"Jim has a broad knowledge of many diverse skills and an extremely inventive turn of mind that has produced many ideas, some of which have already been incorporated into our standard pinball games."
Engineering Manager Pinball Division
Just when you think you have heard enough about how good we are at
helping you with product design . . . we invite you to please visit other
sections on our site that feature unique products we designed or helped to
design. You will see examples of products that range from simple stampings
to complex robotic characters and full motion NASCAR race car simulators. Please see "Idea and Invention Marketing" in our Inventor Assistance
section. Also, "Our Projects and Success Stories"
found in the
"About Us" section, and "inventions patents and trademarks" page of the Bio
of James F. Riordan found in the "About Us" section.
Please bear in mind that the products and projects you see on our site
represent only a few of the products and projects we have completed. Many of our projects are confidential and cannot be revealed or discussed.
We hope you will consider the Riordan Company for your next project!
We will earn your business the old fashioned way, with caring, competence
and a satisfaction guarantee!
For a list of our fees for our services please see our Fees for Services page