1 November 2016:  Meet us in Nashville

Next week Compass Design will be at the Design 2 Part Show in Nashville.  We are looking to expand our business in the Southeast - one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.  We will be in booth 427.  Stop by and say hi if you're at the show. 

 

If you need a show pass, please go here; http://www.d2p.com/2016-nashville-manufacturing-trade-show-registration


20 August 2016:  Introducing Adam Craft and Walter Balfour

We’re pleased to welcome Adam Craft and Walter Balfour to the Compass team.  Adam - shown on the left - and Walter will be focusing on business development for Compass.   Not only do they bring sales and client relationship skills to Compass, but both Adam and Walter are accomplished product development professionals in their own right with a number of product design projects under their belt.     

Bringing in Adam and Walter is another step in growing Compass.  Their addition coupled with the staff at our parent company , MDI, gives our clients a team of experts – all under one corporate umbrella – that will work hand in hand to bring their product to market.  This level of expertise and teamwork is something other product design firms simply don’t have at their disposal.  

Adam Craft and Walter Balfour

Adam Craft and Walter Balfour


02 June 2016:  Judging UC Davis Engineering Students

This afternoon, Compass founder Curt Anderson was one of the judges at the annual Engineering Design Showcase at the UC Davis School of Engineering.  There were student teams from all engineering disciplines represented at the show.  Curt judged four teams from the Biomedical Engineering department.  This is the 4th year Curt has been a judge at this showcase.  Great program and bright students.


18 May 2016:  Compass at the SEMDA Annual Conference

Compass founder, Curt Anderson, will be attending the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) Annual Conference today and tomorrow in Nashville.  Since Curt is now based in Tennessee, his goal is to introduce Compass to medical device companies in the southeastern region.  With 27 years experience in medical device design and engineering, Compass brings a track record for development success to the area that other design firms do not have.


08 March 2016:  Compass joins the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA)

We’re pleased to announce that Compass has become a member of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA).   Based in Atlanta, SEMDA is a regional non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device and medical device data system (MDDS) companies in the Southeast.

Created in 2004, the association provides unique educational resources to accelerate device development and achieve commercial success with access to funding, education, and networking opportunities for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, sponsors, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in the Southeast.

This is a natural fit for Compass with the opening of our new sales and support office in Tennessee.  We look forward to contributing to this vibrant region.


03 March 2016:  New regional sales person in Tennessee

We’re pleased to announce that Compass now has a regional sales person in Tennessee.  This person will serve our customers in the southeast region - a fast growing business region in the United States.  Curt Anderson, the founder of Compass, has relocated to Tennessee and will support sales and project support.  Curt can be reached at 510/326-8500 or via email at curt@compassdesign.com. 


24 February 2016:  Introducing Ray Scherer

We’re pleased to welcome Ray Scherer to the Compass team.  Ray is one of the most accomplished tooling engineers in the region and he will be a valuable resource for our clients and to our internal staff.  Ray will help in the initial design of a part with expertise on material selection, wall thickness and moldability concerns.  Once the part is ready for production Ray and his team will provide mold flow analysis, DFM input and produce the final tooling design.  

Bringing in Ray is another step in our "Designs That Work" philosophy.  His addition along with the resources of our parent company , MDI, gives our clients a team of experts – all under one corporate umbrella – that will work hand in hand to bring their product to market.  This level of expertise and teamwork is something other product design firms simply don’t have at their disposal.  


05 January 2016:  Compass Product Design Announces it has Been Acquired by Molded Devices

This transaction gives Compass clients additional resources to bring their products to market.

 

PLEASANTON, CA. – 05 January 2016 – Compass Product Design, Inc., a full service product design and engineering firm, has been acquired by Molded Devices Incorporated (MDI), a leading plastic molding and contract manufacturing firm.  The acquisition provides MDI with a design and engineering service center in Northern California and gives Compass expanded capabilities to offer to their customers.

 

“By joining with MDI, we will be able to provide our clients with manufacturing resources and capabilities,” said Curt Anderson, founder of Compass Design.  “We now have the facilities to take a product from the initial concept stage, through design and engineering, prototypes, tooling and into final assembly.”  Curt will be staying on with Compass after the acquisition.

 

Compass will continue to operate out of its Pleasanton headquarters.  No changes are expected with the staff.

 

The acquisition of Compass is part of a strategy to provide MDI customers with a complete product development, manufacturing and assembly solution.  In addition to Compass, MDI also acquired Bates Industries, an OEM provider of disposable medical devices and components located in South Glens Falls, NY.

 

About MDI

 

MDI is a full service, ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified, molder with locations in Riverside, CA, Tempe, AZ, Miamisburg, OH, Sellersville, PA and Oshkosh, WI.  They offer injection molding, dip molding, machining and light assembly.  Established in 1963, MDI has been on the leading edge of plastic part fabrication for over 52 years.  You can see more at; www.moldedevices.com.


16 November 2015:  IBM is changing to a design driven culture

They want to reignite stagnate growth and expect to hire 1,100 designers.  You can read about it in this Fortune article here:  http://for.tn/1H4t8z2


19 February 2015:  Compass designed product appears on The Big Bang Theory

Tonight, the Rainin E4 XLS Rapid Charging Stand was prominently shown in Amy's lab on the CBS hit show, The Big Bang Theory.  You can see the charging stand populated with Rainin pipettes behind Amy and Sheldon in the screen captures below.    You can read more about the product here (Rainin E4 XLS Rapid Charging Stand) 


10 December 2014:  Curt Anderson is the guest at the "Breakfast with an Expert" event

On Wednesday, 10 December, Curt was the guest speaker at the "Breakfast with and Expert" event at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton.  The event drew approximately 100 students and faculty where Curt spoke about the Industrial Design profession.   Curt told his personal story of starting out as an architecture student then changing to industrial design in his second year of college.  He also showed the students the steps Compass goes through for a product design and examples of products developed by Compass.  


21 October 2014:  Pleasanton City Council recognizes Compass Design for 25 years of business

Tonight the Pleasanton City Council recognized Compass Design for their 25th anniversary in business.  Accepting the award were Curt And Anne Anderson - founders of Compass.  Compass started out of a bedroom in the Anderson house and moved to its first "real" office two years later in downtown Pleasanton.  They moved to their current location on Serpentine Lane in 2000. 


15 October 2014:  Compass participates in the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Symposium

On Tuesday, 15 October, Curt participated in a panel discussion on Technology Transfer to Manufacturing to at the Biomedical Entrepreneurship Symposium.  The other participants in the panel  represented the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The discussion was how to bring technology out of the labs and into the commercial market. 

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On the previous evening, Kim and Curt manned a table display for Compass at the Symposium's mixer for industry executives and students.  We created special display materials that showed only East Bay companies that we've worked with.


17 September 2014:  Introducing Kim Mishler

We’re pleased to welcome Kim Mishler to the Compass team.  Kim will be handling Business Development and is responsible for driving sales and marketing activities for the company.  Prior to working at Compass, Kim built a successful consulting firm supporting businesses with talent acquisition activities, sales and marketing outreach.  In past 25 years, she has had the pleasure of working for and with companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Proteus Digital Health and BSM Media, a social media company.  Always curious about how to make things better, Kim took her entrepreneurial spirit and drive and co-founded Eye Capture – a mobile app created to help Publishers of magazines drive more revenue from their print properties.

Kim has a BS in Communications from Michigan State University.  When she’s not prospecting and building relationships for Compass, she can be found daydreaming about the perfect fishing spot on Duck Lake in Northern Michigan.

Kim can be reached at kim@compassdesign.com or her direct line is 925/485-1075


21 August 2014:  Closet Sleeve goes live!

Closet Sleeve, a entrepreneurial start-up has gone live with their product.  The founder, Marcie, came to Compass with her idea after her daughter complained that her clothes were always squished together in her closet.  We worked with Marcie to create the Closet Sleeve which snaps over the closet rod and separates the hangers to create a neat and organized closet.  The web site is here where you can see more about the product;  http://www.closetsleeve.com/


02 July 2014:  Silver anniversary!

Today is the 25th year of business for Compass.  From our start in an upstairs bedroom it has been a good journey.  Over our history we've worked with over 200 clients and 500+ projects from low cost promotional give-aways to $2.5M body scanners.  For all those who have helped along the road - thanks.


27 June 2014:  Compass client helps entrepreneurs get their product to market

Tamara Monosoff, a long standing Compass client, recently outlined her thoughts for entrepreneurs to get their product to market.  Tamara, the original Mom Inventor, has not only developed her own products but has helped countless others who have the idea but don't have the background or experiences to get their idea manufactured and into the market.

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26 June 2014:  ViewBlocker launches new web site

Today, ViewBlocker, the peephole security cover developed for hotels, dormitories and apartments launched a new web site.   The site; www.viewblocker.com, offers easier access for shopping and added information about the product.  To date, over 30,000 ViewBlockers have been sold across the United States.   ViewBlocker is a product of Compass Design.


25 June 2014:  Bio-Rad introduces the QX200 AutoDG product

Recently, Compass client Bio-Rad introduced the QX200 AutoDG product and it is getting rave reviews.  The AutoDG droplette generator produces a full 96 well microplate of droplettes in 30 minutes with no human intervention which increasing the throughput in the lab and increases reproducability from run to run.  The prepared plate can then be processed in their Digital Droplette PCR system.  We will have a more complete write-up soon but in the mean time, take a look at the video on the following link:  http://www.selectscience.net/products/qx200%E2%84%A2-droplet-digital%E2%84%A2-pcr-system-(186-4001)/?prodID=180104


05 June 2014:  Judging UC Davis Engineering Students

This afternoon Compass President Curt Anderson was one of the judges at the annual Engineering Design Showcase at the University of California Davis campus.  There were 120 student teams from all engineering disciplines represented at the show.  Curt judged three teams from the Biomedical Engineering department.  The photo below shows the arena and the student presentations.


21 May 2014:  Compass client Peachy on the Steve Harvey Show

Compass client, Peachy, will be on the Steve Harvey Show on Thursday, May 22nd.  Peachy's founder, Susanna Lee will be discussing her Aqueduck products on the show.  Please check local listings for times and channel.


22 April 2014:  Our next new BIG project!

Our latest project is a big one, a pick-up truck to be exact!  We're developing accessories for this market and we now have a pick-up truck bed on a dolly to move around the studio.   We're excited to be working in the automotive field.  Stay tuned as the program evolves.



22 September 2013:  Theradome funded through Indiegogo Crowd-Funding

Compass client, Theradome closed their crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo today by raising $469,297, almost 10 times their goal of $50,000!  The product, a home based laser therapy for hair growth, has also received FDA clearance - the only device of it's kind to have FDA clearance.  Compass worked with the Theradome founder, Tamim Hamid, to create the design and the SolidWorks CAD files for the helmet.  Congratulations to Tamim and the Theradome team!


24 July 2013:  Innovation Tri-Valley Forum

Ellen Blair, Business Development at Compass recently attend the Innovation Tri-Valley forum.  Here's her report on the event;

I attended the Fifth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum at Casa Real. This was my third forum and I had an immediate sense of the events’ maturing into its own. The Trade Show always presents interesting booths from Alameda County with their mobile applications and sustainability programs to the iGATE’s contingency of innovative start up businesses. The Trade Show is a great opportunity to reconnect face to face that is so important. The Innovation program and luncheon was moderated by tech reporter Andrew Keen. He kept the audience and the esteemed panel on "Infrastructure Needed for an Innovation Hub" interested and amused with his own inimitable style. The conversation included the lingering “Tri-Valley - another Silicon Valley?” topic. There was a great deal of side conversations at the tables on this. Many contend that the Tri-Valley does not need to be another Silicon Valley, but an innovation force and business hub all its own that can synergistically complement and benefit from surrounding areas, including Silicon Valley. I agree. 

The importance of a “disruptive force” in business, innovation, growth and even teaching our children this concept was a take away conversation that we continued with Rich Rankin the following day at our Compass offices. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from him his background, vision and direction for the Industrial Partnerships Office as their new Director at LLNL.


01 July 2013:  24 years and still going strong!

24 years ago today, Curt Anderson founded what eventually became Compass Design.  The first office was an upstairs bedroom in Curt's house.  "Handing in my resignation at Xerox was one of the most stressful things I've ever done," Curt said thinking back to the day he left the security of a corporate job for the consulting world.   Since that time Compass has worked on 600+ projects with over 300 clients ranging from single entrepreneurs working out of their houses - much like Curt did in the early days of Compass - to some of the largest, multi-national corporations in the world.  Initially Compass offered only industrial design services but soon added mechanical engineering and then a complete suite of services for complete product development.  The latest addition is low volume production for some of the clients who don't fit into a traditional contract manufacturing model.  Curt added, "It's been a great ride so far and we're looking forward to the future building on our strong base of experience and serving our clients." 


26 June 2013:  New website!

Today we launched our new, responsive web site.  The site adapts to the screen that is being used, whether it's a smartphone, tablet or full screen desktop monitor.  We've also reduced the number of projects displayed to give a cleaner, easier to navigate site.  Finally, compared to our old site this new site is MUCH easier to update so we should be better at keeping our viewers in touch with the latest projects and news from Compass.


06 June 2013:  Student judging.

Today, Curt Anderson, President of Compass, was one of the judges at the UC Davis School of Engineering's "Senior Design Showcase."  The Showcase featured 111 student teams from a wide variety of engineering specialties.  Curt was one of several industry judges who met with the student teams, evaluated their design solution and provided insight to the students on their solutions.  This was Curt's second year as a judge.  You can see more about the Showcase here.  


19 April 2013:  Compass supports CNMI.

Compass Product Design joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a large group of leading industrial, academic and research institutions in support of a proposal to be recognized by the State of California as their newest innovation hub, focused on manufacturing competitiveness called California Network for Manufacturing Innovation (CNMI).  You can see more about CNMI here.

Compass Design recognizes the importance of developing the manufacturing ecosystem across diverse markets for the East Bay region, California and the United States. The Strategic Goals of the CNMI are directly aligned, from our experience, with what is necessary to significantly reduce the barriers keeping advanced technologies from getting to market and will lead to long-term economic development and job creation for all stakeholders on the technology transfer and other initiatives.




25 February 2013:   UC Davis ME course presentation.

Ellen Blair was invited to present Compass Design’s Product Development Lifecycle and product case study to the UC Davis EME 185A & B: Mechanical Systems Design Project course.  Ellen, Business Development for Compass, is shown on the left with Professor Cristina E. Davis of the UC Davis School of Engineering.  The presentation was arranged  by Gabriela Lee of the UC Davis Partnerships for Innovation Program through Compass  Design’s ongoing support of the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation.

The course is for students with senior standing in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The sole objective of the course is to provide senior students with an opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to solve an engineering design problem.

Ellen presented Compass  Design’s case study on the Rainin Pipetting Rapid Charge Stand for E4 XLS in conjunction with the product development phases COMPASS employs. The true to life examples and interaction with the class exemplified the transition from academic theory to actual working application of these principles in business practice. Ellen has been asked to address next year’s class.

 

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