Our design services range from concept development through to production


Concept Development




Finding simple elegant solutions requires the ability to pull together different disciplines,  Innovation is core to what we do and we thrive on challenges customers bring us.

If you have a design project but are unsure how to proceed, get in touch- we can assess your project for free and move forward at your pace. 

As a rough gauge, our team would typically spend 8-10 hours as a first step, then create a more detailed plan as the project progresses. 

For more details on how to get started, check out the link below.


CAD stands for “Computer Aided Design”

If you want somthing 3D printed you will need a 3D model.

At MakeThis we utilize Solidworks™ to design 3D models, whether it’s simply reverse engineering a part, or creating an entirely new product, we always start with a CAD model. 

A 3D CAD model of your product can provide some of the following key benefits:


The wide selection of skill sets and experience at allow us to bring just about any crazy invention to life. Our capabilities range from circuitboard design and software, right through to injection moulding.

We know the ins and outs of manufacturing, and we know it can be daunting. That’s why our team make sure that your prototype is not merely a proof of concept, but ready for mass manufacturing if you decide to proceed. We have helped many people ramp up their production volumes in an affordable way, providing stepping stones from 1 unit right through to 1000’s.      

3D printing (aka ‘rapid prototyping’) is a perfect place to start if you want to take your idea out of your head and hold it in your hands. It really does seem like magic!

Injection molding, Press tooling, Machining – these are everyday low cost  technologies but not everyone knows how to make the most from them, designing parts without the process in-mind slows down the entire development and adds significant costs. Here at PDM we have toolmakers on staff with a wealth of knowledge on the do’s and don’ts of these daunting processes.

We have used inexpensive embedded microcontroller systems to prove all sorts of product prototypes. But to really be ready for market, often a custom printed circuitboard is required. We offer the expertise to take your products embedded electronics to another level.  

How it works:


Get in touch

Drop us an email or give us a call. Whether it’s a little CAD job or a big design project we’re happy to chat.


Free initial meeting

Come in to our offices in Tauranga, we’ll make you a coffee and discuss your needs further.


Week by week

We take product development one step at a time, with frequent communication and weekly billing so you stay in the drivers seat. 

Design Rate

Conceptual Design, CAD, Sourcing
$ 105 per hour
  • Minimum charge 1hr
  • Time recorded to the second
  • Weekly billing for longer projects