Blue Dolphin Design & Engineering

Progress and evolution are essential to thriving businesses. Whether you are Apple, Starbucks or a mom-and-pop start-up, you cannot survive long term without new ideas.

That is where we come in! Blue Dolphin Research and Design transforms your new ideas into reality.

Based in the San Joaquin Valley, Blue Dolphin R&D, a Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering division, has contributed worldwide to customers’ product development with second-to-none research and a highly experienced development team for the past 15 years.

Blue Dolphin R&D offers a wide variety of services, including everything from design elements to prototyping and even expert witness testimony. These services are executed by an exceptionally talented team of professional engineers and designers that have more than 150 years of combined experience and a track record of success for the likes of solo entrepreneurs like Dan Whitlatch, inventor of TowlHub, to multimillion-dollar companies like Sunrise Medical and Grundfos.

Blue Dolphin’s ability to develop ideas at manageable costs allows its R&D division to help Whitlatch invent TowlHub, a paper towel holder with multiple USB ports and speakers in the base. Additionally, Blue Dolphin has assisted worldwide companies like Sunrise Medical, who helped in developing a progressive suspension model for an electric wheelchair line.

In the age of social media, people are used to the latest and greatest being only a keystroke or swipe away. Companies constantly have to be on their toes, keeping up with the pace to offer consumers new products. Blue Dolphin R&D is here to help turn your innovative ideas into profitable inventions that keep customers coming back.

That is what makes Blue Dolphin R&D invaluable to the San Joaquin Valley, an area rich with opportunities for innovation that can create impact around the globe. Our Company's talented R&D staff is passionate about new ideas and taking them to a level our clients could never fully realize alone.

Blue Dolphin R&D strives to help companies give consumers something they have never seen, creating entirely new market channels that lead to new interests and new funders, all within budget.

Spilling tons of money into research and development may not hurt efforts, but it also does not guarantee positive results. In this industry, talent succeeds and we house such talent. Blue Dolphin’s engineers have a wealth of knowledge and experience and with the use of state-of-the-art equipment including a 3-D printer – the only one in the area available for public prototype development – they can think outside your box to develop creative ideas that are one in a million.

Mark Jackson, founder and owner of Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering, also has his share of personal patents, including one for a rapid extraction device that enables a single medical rescuer, rather than multiple rescuers, lift and transport a victim to safety. Response teams around the world now use the device, which is sold by Rex EMS.

“It is that kind of dexterity that allows Blue Dolphin R&D to work across the spectrum of innovation,” Jackson said. “We don’t box in ourselves so that we won’t box in a client.”

Rapid Prototyping

When it comes to intelligent prototyping, Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering offers complete in-house rapid prototype printing, machine shop and CNC capabilities that utilize our engineering expertise to produce rapid and accurate prototyping solutions to give your business a jump-start on your competition. We offer state-of-the-art 3-D printing and vendor partnering, as well other prototyping services.


Blue dolphin’s over 150 years of combined experience is available to brainstorm your idea. It is typical for individuals and companies to be stuck in a paradigm or a box of ideology. Those companies are, in turn, also limited by the ideology of their particular industry. Blue Dolphin can bring new game changing concepts to your idea development. We think outside of your box.


Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering utilizes state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create three dimensional (3D) part models, assemblies and drawings. We have over 100,000 hours of combined CAD experience in programs like SolidWorks and AutoCAD to bring to each and every project.

Industrial Design

Industrial Design focuses on the look and feel of things. It looks at human interaction with products. For some ideas, the look can be even more important than the function. A unique talent offered by Blue Dolphin is to create industrial design concepts on the look and feel of products in harmony with the function of the products.

Production Costing

Once the design has been defined and the market has been determined, an important next step often involves calculating the cost of producing your idea. Blue Dolphin has developed relationships with many vendors (both domestic and foreign) that help us to determine what it will cost to produce your idea. Whether you are planning on producing your idea yourself or selling the idea, production costing is invaluable in furthering your goals.

Patent Assistance

For many ideas, it is important to protect them by obtaining patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secret agreements. Blue Dolphin helps by interfacing between you and an intellectual property expert, usually an attorney, and can even provide preliminary searching for uniqueness of your idea.


At Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering, we have access to a state-of-the-art testing laboratory. Inside this lab, our team members have the ability to perform several comtrolled tests including heat measurement, structural, luminance, color temperature, water tightness and luminance measurement.


Blue Dolphin can accurately analyze and improve upon your designs with state-of-the- art technology such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) software partnered with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Designs are evaluated for stress concerns or heat transfer issues before the prototypes are even created.

Research & Development Services

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