Facture | Early-stage Product Development and Prototyping | Seattle, WA

/ Early-stage product development & functional prototyping.


We focus on bringing cutting edge ideas to life for startups, entrepreneurs and established companies.

/ Approach

The Key To
Innovation Is
Rapid Iteration.

/ Our approach is defined by the primary iteration loop of design, build, and test. During the design phase we aggregate research, previous testing results, and new ideas into a defined concept using computer-aided design. Next, we realize the concept during the build phase leveraging rapid prototyping tools and methodology. Finally, we move into the test phase to empirically analyze, subjectively evaluate and maximize validated learning experiences.

The loop will then repeat, typically several times, as we progress to meet the prototyping needs of the project.

POC   Proof of Concept

Typically a benchtop, or hacked-together, prototype that exhibits the primary or critical functionality of the product. These are never meant to look pretty but are instead used to understand technical feasibility and project risk.

FP   Functional Prototype

An array of sub-systems brought together into a works-like prototype for market research, functional testing, or early fundraising. Not all the sub-systems or features will be represented at this point but the important ones will be.

EP   Engineering Prototype

The primary sub-systems are integrated into a coheseive works-like prototype, incorporating some or all of the looks-like aesthetics of the product. User testing, design validation, and investor pitches are common uses.

/ Services

The skills and
expertise to move
fast and efficiently.

/   Strategy & Oversight

Overall product development strategy, project management and supply chain development.

/   Industrial Design

Exploring and crafting the product aesthetic and user experience in conjunction with engineering.

/   Mechanical Engineering

Simple to complex computer-aided mechanical design with an eye to design for manufacturing.

/   Electrical Engineering

System architecture, schematic creation and circuit design for analog and digital systems.

/   Firmware Engineering

Embedded system development and hardware integration, including wireless communications.

/   Prototyping

Rapid iteration using FDM and SLA printers, 5-axis and 3-axis CNC machines and an array of shop tools.

/ Clients

Building the
future, together.

/ Team

If everyone is
moving forward
together, then
success takes
care of itself.

Justin Knowles Founder + Principal

Dangerous combination of designer, engineer and entrepreneur

B.S. & M.S. Industrial Engineering
University of Washington
Mark Buchanan Design Manager

Plays survival-in-the woods for fun

M Arch, M.I.T.
B.S. Architecture
New York Institute of Technolgy
Mike Doud Director of Program Management

Ex-CAD ninja turned PM

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Northeastern University
Doug Williams Principal Electrical Engineer

Loves to work on the weird stuff

B.S. Computer Engineering
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Amy Curneen Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Never met a spreadsheet she couldn't tame

M.S. & B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Northeastern Washington
Adam McRae Project Manager

Has never met a slice of pizza he wouldn't eat

B.F.A. Studio Art
Western Washington University
Charles Stewart Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Napkin math first, CAD later

M.S. & B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah
Preston Kupish Sr. Industrial Designer

Industrial and Product Design
The Art Institutes
Tim Christman Electrical Engineer

He wears FiveFinger shoes because he's secretly a ninja

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Western Washington University
Colin Miller Mechanical Engineer

Half engineer, half mountain goat

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
David Yancey Electrical Engineer

Pretends he's going to be a chess grandmaster one day

B.S. Electrical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
Scott Healy Mechanical Engineer

Mcmaster-Carr's website is his safe space

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
Cali Russo Mechatronics Engineer

Will automate anything given the chance

B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Washington
Carter Heikkila Industrial Designer

Why buy it when I can build it for double the cost?

B.Des. Industrial Design
University of Washington

/ Contact

Ready to bring
your product
vision to life.

Our Studio

1762 Airport Way S, Unit B
Seattle, WA 98134

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