For many industries, prototyping plays a crucial role in highlighting the feasibility of a product for end markets or commercial applications. Many challenges, however, stifle the research and development that goes into manufacturing the hardware that completes a machine. While it is possible to individually commission the various functions in building a prototype, manufacturers and OEMs often lack the proper approach to finish a project due to miscommunication amongst the multiple stakeholders. Tamarisk, an end-to-end solution for all hardware development from designing and engineering to manufacturing and prototyping, addresses these challenges hands-on. “With the ability to build prototype parts in-house, we offer a complete service package for mechanical, electrical and software engineering,” elucidates Emerick Varga, Founder at Tamarisk.

Tamarisk can quickly turn over high-value parts to its clients through in-house PCB Assembly and Full Machine Shop equipment. From a product design standpoint, Tamarisk evaluates a product’s inherent working in a marketplace and understands the user experience to ensure that the final product architecture is of top-quality and offers a good value proposition. “We perform product development from the beginning all the way through to either passing off to a contract manufacturer, or in some cases doing small batch manufacturing in-house, for either beta testing or field testing,” says Varga. As devices continue to add connectivity for web operability, Tamarisk has an internally built development and design toolkit that allows for quick production of IoT devices. In addition, Tamarisk has a list of prototype technology partners that it collaborates with to assure clients the most accurate strategies for designing and manufacturing a prototype or final product.

The holistic coverage of engineering services and extensive network of company partners allows Tamarisk to not only improve its operational efficiency but also work more innovatively with its clientele. “We work alongside a client to allocate our core data to the in-house team and our outside network of partners. This step allows for total transparency in tackling some projects that have a large scope of work,” comments Varga. By closing the communication gap amongst various teams associated with theproduct development process, Tamarisk helps clients avoid common pitfalls during production. Iterating in a lean methodology and with competent internal resources, Tamarisk delivers finished hardware and equipment such as PCB board design or complete assemblies to clients in a few days as compared to a few weeks.

With the ability to build prototype parts in-house, we offer a complete service package for mechanical and electrical engineering as well as firmware

If an issue arises in the production of a particular part, Tamarisk engages with the client to address the problems head-on and figure out the best way to keep the project on track.

At the turn of the medical technology revolution, one of Tamarisk’s client’s—an ophthalmic treatment specialist group, Eyenez—aimed to build a device that would allow them to treat patients remotely. With eye screening taking place only once every few years, the idea was to improve care by shortening time frames to once a year for regular patients and every six months for high-risk patient groups. Jumping into action, Tamarisk designed and developed a portable retinal fundus camera that could be operated by not just a specialist but also by a front office worker or technician. Completed in a year and a half from ideation to prototyping and final product, the retinal fundus camera is an FDA approved class two medical device that other similar medical groups also utilize. Portable and handheld, a user can carry the equipment and treat patients at their homes or care centers. On-site workers can capture photographs of an individual’s interior eye surface and upload it to a backend web application for further verification by an ophthalmologist. If a patient requires additional care, the specialist can ask them to come to the hospital for a thorough check-up or follow-up inspection to decide on the best treatment procedures.

Tamarisk’s long-term vision is to build the most efficient end-to-end hardware development process possible. Tamarisk’s goal is to provide the best value to innovators by iterating in the shortest timescales possible andbuilding parts and products that are not capitally intensive on a manufacturer. The company is investing to ensure that it has the latest machine shop, inspection, and PCB assembly equipment that will enable them to deliver high-fidelity prototypes that are as close to a finished product as possible. “We make sure that our quality management system is tracking and processing all components we produce, even the prototype parts that we send out for early testing,” concludes Varga.