CDN’s roots go back to the 1980’s when we began as a one-man engineering firm. By the early 1990’s CDN had grown to 6 engineers and moved into a 5,000 square foot German Tudor style castle in West Bend. In the basement 2-car garage of that building we assembled our first prototype shop, including a CNC milling machine, RTV molding, and a paint booth.
In 1997 we built what is now our current facility; a 16,000 square foot purpose-built product development building with a modular, open concept design studio and an industrial style prototype shop. During the next few years our rapid growth continued in both design talent and shop equipment. We were now a stand-alone product development firm with everything from industrial design through pre-production prototypes. As we grew we continued to refine our services based on our client’s needs, including the addition of production assembly and distribution for some clients.
Over the years the products we’ve designed have included consumer products, medical equipment, sports equipment, lawn & garden equipment, commercial equipment, modular shelters, and alternative energy infrastructure equipment, all of which has led to nearly 200 patents. Our model shop has built countless prototypes ranging from visual styling models up to full-scale, fully-functional industrial equipment. Most of our clients return to us year after year; a few clients have been with us for nearly 20 years.
Our 16,000 square foot headquarters is located 20 miles north of Milwaukee, in West Bend, Wisconsin. The open concept of our design studio allows us to work collaboratively and is reconfigurable to better fit the needs of our projects. Our 8,000 square foot prototyping center not only allows us to create traditional prototypes, but also produce large scale models that many firms can’t offer. We also utilize this space for light manufacturing & assembly operations.
We have invested in facilities, production machinery, hardware and software, but our people remain our greatest asset.
Our team of designers, engineers, and model makers approach every project with creativity and a passion to deliver results. When you work with us we become your team; your goals and objectives become ours. This is why our clients continue to return to us year after year.
Our entire staff has an average of 20 years experience in product development and an average tenure of 14 years at CDN.
The CDN Culture
In the Spotlight: Our Product Development Specialists
Mike is our fearless leader and self-proclaimed genius with over 30 years in product development. Prior to starting at CDN, he was a Mechanical Engineer for a company that designed and built mass-transportation equipment.