Phase One Design is a multidisciplinary product design firm which helps clients create innovative, cost effective products. We bring together all of the services that are required for product development; industrial design, mechanical design, and electronics design. Our experience spans multiple fields such as consumer products, industrial and commercial products, and medical and laboratory equipment and instrumentation. The projects you will see on our portfolio pages include products as diverse as an electronic dartboard, process control equipment, insulin pumps, and instruments for pharmaceutical development and quality control.

Our firm, founded in 1992, has worked with clients that range from start-up firms to large corporations including Agilent, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, and Alcatel Lucent. We pride ourselves in developing long term relationships that follow a

company’s growth, as when our client Animas grew from 10 people to a major force in the insulin pump industry, ultimately being acquired by Johnson and Johnson, where our relationship endures.

At Phase One Design, all detailed development and design engineering is carried out Solidworks or Pro/Engineer 3D modeling software, which of course allows us to interface directly with rapid prototyping service bureaus to quickly deliver working prototypes to our clients. As a project approaches production, our relationships with both domestic and overseas production sources allow us to find cost effective vendors who will deliver quality parts on schedule.

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Eric Schneider is President and Director of Industrial Design at Phase One Design.  He received a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in 1975 and a Masters degree in the Dynamics of Organizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. Eric has practiced industrial design for over 30 years and started Phase One Design in 1992 after working in corporate and consulting positions. He has lectured on Industrial design in China and Hong Kong and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Design program at Philadelphia University where he teaches courses in materials and manufacturing as well as design practice at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bill Van Ocker, a Phase One Design associate and director of engineering, was a manager of Machine Development at Avery Dennison Soabar before becoming a consultant. His experience includes a variety of machine and product design projects and is particularly familiar with the design of electro-mechanical systems for the printing and bar coding industries. As a consultant, Bill has been responsible for a number of innovative engineering solutions in medical equipment, assembly machinery, and industrial instruments. He is well versed in a variety of manufacturing materials and technologies including machining, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication, and casting.

Phase One Design associate, was an electronics engineer with Avery Dennison Soabar before becoming an electronics design consultant. His engineering experience includes motion control, process control, circuit board design and layout, and software development.


We rely on Solidworks and Pro/Engineer, the two most powerful and widely used 3D design software packages available. We also make use of Autocad, Freehand, and Hypershot rendering software. Mockup work, breadboard construction, and testing are done on site and we make use of our network of resources for detailed prototype and fabrication services such as:

  • CNC machining
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Stereolithography
  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Casting
  • Prototypemolding
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