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I am a degreed industrial designer with over 30 years of experience as a product design consultant. Throughout my career, I have worked exclusively for award-winning industrial design firms, preferring the collaborative work environment and wide variety of challenges found in consulting. Since 2002, I have worked as an independent design consultant working primarily for other design firms on a wide range of projects.

In the past, I have designed medical equipment such as the biopsy mammotome for BiopSys/Ethicon, technology products such as the Palm PDA Thumbpad for Datadesk, consumer products such as the best-selling Workhorse flashlights for Rav-O-Vac, several toys for Mattel and Playmates Toys, a patented twist-up eraser mechanism for Pentel, numerous graphics and illustration projects for The Walt Disney Company, and a wide variety of medical, industrial, in-flight entertainment and avionics, fitness, consumer, attended and unattended POS, and commercial projects.

I have accumulated numerous utility and design patents throughout my career and I am usually drawn to the more mechanical problem-solving aspects of my projects, although I have won several aesthetic design awards as well. My background in Human Factors and Ergonomics, my extensive knowledge of a wide range of both high and low volume processes and materials, and my expertise and efficiency with 3D design and documentation tools make me an experienced and well-rounded industrial design professional.

I graduated from Arizona State University in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in design sciences with a focus in product design. In addition to my aesthetic and ergonomic skills, I have over 25 years of CAD experience including the last 10 years using SolidWorks, and various other digital design tools including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Thank you for looking and I hope we can work together.

Mark Eike

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Edmonds, WA 98026

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  • 5/5 stars 3D Modeling and CAD Services Verified Review

    Mark and I have become good friends. What impressed me about him was not only his credentials but also his quick grasp of the design idea. In a short period of time he took the project from concept to detailed drawings in Solidworks. He contributed significant new ideas that were incorporated into the design. He is easy to work with. One of his important attributes is that he listens and then contributes his opinion rather than forges ahead on his own. As we go to market and make small, but important changes, I hope to use his talents again - Thanks Mark.

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A. Contract Product Design work should be completed in phases (research, concept development, mechanical design, prototyping, vendor liaison, etc.) with fixed deliverables at the end of each phase. There is no way to know the cost of the mechanical design phase when all you have is a concept, and there is no reason to commit to a whole program with a new consultant. Work a phase at a time so your quotes are more accurate, and so you can feel comfortable with the progress of your project. If things are not working out with your designer, you can terminate the relationship at the end of a phase and walk away with concrete deliverables so the progress you've made is not lost.

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