MFG Design Center

Design Drives Process. Process Drives Cost. We Optimize Design and Process to Increase Quality and Reduce Investment.

MFG Design Center is a unique and valuable service to help customers optimize composite designs and ultimately, save time and money.  As a leading expert in the composite industry, we know first-hand that every composite design has its own unique set of characteristics and features.  

For that reason, we opened the MFG Design Center in 2005 (based in Portland OR) to help clients identify unfavorable design features and optimize product design prior to production. Our creative design work has proven to significantly increase quality and savings over the life of a program, and helps customers avoid unexpected, costly changes.

Working with the MFG Design Center and MFG Research teams in the early development process allows thorough evaluation for Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA) through the entire process flow:  design, materials, tooling, molding, process, finite element analysis, manufacturing and quality.

We work collaboratively to evaluate designs and propose optimized solutions for ease and leaner manufacturing process flow.

Meet Our Design Center Team

John Fernandes
Sr. Vice President

Sarah McClelland, PE
Structural Analysis Engineer

Roy Dickinson
Sr. Design Engineer

Felix Holloway
Design Engineer

Joel Wagstaff
Design Engineer

Our Core Capabilities

With decades of diversified design experience, we have extensive experience with heavy truck, automotive, wind energy, solar, electrification, military, commercial and proprietary products. 

We offer critical design support services for new customer development programs to help you with: feasibility & cost savings, conversion studies of metallic part/assemblies to composites, design for six sigma (DFSS) principals and GD&T, and tooling/mold design concepts for cost and process optimization. 


Composite Design – Advanced Surfacing & Solid Modeling

FEA Stress – FEMAP/Nastran & ANSYS Software

Design for Manufacture and Assembly for Composites (DFMA)

Design study check list includes: Die-line’s, radii, draft angles, ribs, assembly split lines, shear edges, molded in features, thickness transitions, Class A IMC flow, mating components, GD&T-tolerance requirements, bond assembly sequencing, part nest ability studies for shipping, tooling impact on revisions, secondary processing flow optimization.

SMC Mold Flow and Predicted Modeling Analysis

Get in Touch

If you would like to discuss your next project, contact John Fernandes by phone at 503.730.6847, by email at, or fill out the form below.