Designs was founded by David Ameche, after quitting an engineering job. My education is in Aerospace
Engineering and multidisciplinary design, and my professional background has ranged over my career. I have
worked in 3d design, metallurgy, defense (electronics, unmanned vehicles, optoelectronics, fire control,
munitions, and small arms ammunition manufacturing), and automotive (body, autonomous vehicles, interior,
chassis, closures, heavy trucks, exterior, EV powertrain, production tooling design), over many products
and vehicle platforms for the government, major companies, and startups.
a lot of my time either in a shop building things, or outdoors, busy with many sports. Often, have I
found the cost of equipment to be a barrier to entry into outdoor sports and made my own gear for
personal use. I was frequently asked where I got something I had made, so given my professional
background I decided to put functional equipment that I would use, while still being affordable
to beginners, into production locally. My design approach is intended to balance ergonomics with
strength, while retaining simple manufacturability.
of my colleagues are outdoor industry professionals, athletes, or work in manufacturing, and have
provided years of feedback and testing on numerous prototypes. This company is an effort to bring
personal prototypes and conceptual designs to production for a broader audience. Leveraging my
location near Detroit, I partner with world-class fabrication companies to make safe, affordable
equipment here in Michigan.
Designs LLC is registered with the US Small Business Administration.