REM, which stands for “Rapid Electro-mechanical”, is a small engineering development firm. We develop products, prototypes, one-off machines, and installation pieces for clients in a wide range of industries. Most of the devices we develop include a microcontroller and moving parts. Often, the microcontroller interfaces with sensors and actuators and communicates with one or more other devices.
We have numerous relationships with manufacturers, industrial designers, and other consultants in the Bay Area which allows us to take on larger and more diverse projects than would otherwise be possible.
REM is located in a 2,000 square foot space in the South of Market (SOMA) district of San Francisco. The space includes CAD stations, electronic lab benches, and a machine shop with a lathe and 2-axis CNC milling machine.
Electromechanical, Electronics, and Firmware
Chuck moved west to attend Stanford University in 1995 after three years working as a mechanical/thermal engineer at a small aerospace firm. He earned his masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997, focusing on electromechancal systems. While at Stanford, Chuck was a teaching assistant in the Product Realization Laboratory.
After graduating, Chuck co-founded REM Design. Given his solid background as a mechanical engineer, he is able to make tradeoffs between solving problems mechanically, in hardware, or in firmware.
Mechanical Engineering and Product Design
Rob graduated from Stanford University in 1997 as well, but with a Masters in Product Design. He also worked as a teaching assistant in the Product Realization Laboratory at Stanford. Rob has worked as a mechanical engineering designer both for startup companies and as an individual consultant.
Rob worked as a consultant to REM on and off from 1997 to 2006, then joined REM full time in 2007. Rob has a strong familiarity with manufacturing processes for product quantities ranging from just a few pieces to millions of units. Rob has a strong aesthetic sense and is particularly good at brainstorming and the development of novel mechanisms.