Level 2 Industrial Labs is a product development, invention, and fabrication company located at Pier 17 on the San Francisco waterfront. We are fanatics of industrial design, engineering and custom fabrication. With over 18,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment we consider our Pier 17 fabrication studio an “Olympic training facility for product invention.” Our day to day activities include developing game changing products in Cleantech, consumer goods, technology and emerging markets. We also work with some of the largest clients in the world to build branded products, experiential exhibits and custom architectural installations. Through technology, material science and design it is our mission to create things that bring meaning and value to society and the environment.
The reality of good product development requires constant evaluation from design, engineering, and fabrication teams. Level 2 is unique in that we have incorporated all of these disciplines under one roof. Being vertically integrated means we are involved in every step of the process and have to produce the most efficient systems to maintain the profitability of our ventures. The minute we start working on a product we are designing it to be the most efficient and sustainable possible. We have a saying here, “We make the things that make the things.” In other words, we invent things by often inventing both the materials and the processes to build those things.
Our services have been a critical resource to some of the largest companies in the world for over two decades. Starting in 2017 we are expanding our offering to open up these resources to startups as well. Our labs are now available to startups that neither want to invest in manufacturing equipment nor have the available resources to do so. We are your for-hire Industrial Lab for companies starting out in the Cleantech, IOT, Social, and Consumer Goods spaces.
In tandem with our extensive materials library we work with the latest design software to match modern feel with in depth 3D models. Our industrial design is managed in such a way that seamlessly transfers direct to engineering, eliminating the need to re-draw files which often becomes the case when sending renderings out of house.
Our team sources materials from all over the world. Many times our inventions come from the very knowledge of the material and its process for production. When we can’t find the material we are looking for we try to create it ourselves. As an L2 client you can reference and draw inspiration from this extensive materials library.
L2 houses everything under one roof including intellectual property attorneys. We can help inventors and corporate clients navigate a suitable IP strategy from simple “freedom to operate” issues to a comprehensive patent and trademark approach for product launch.
With 18,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing equipment we’re able to create just about anything. Over the past decade we have produced hundreds of projects for both individual as well as corporate clients. Most everything is under NDA so unfortunately we can’t show it off here.
San Francisco and Silicon Valley are awash with endless talent in the IOT space but what everyone glances over is not the “Internet” part but the “Thing” part. We all have endless ideas of matching technology with physical products. But who is making and designing the Thing? Not only do we have an incredible staff for the “Internet” part of this equation, our “Thing” department is what is probably the most valuable.
Our vertically integrated system paired with our domestic manufacturing is ideal for crowd-funding campaigns. Our team can produce prototypes quickly but more importantly our in-house creative team produces alot of our own video content. Level 2 can “Prototype, Pitch, Produce” all under one roof.
Now more than ever our planet needs our help. For 2017 Level 2 will be launching a new Cleantech & Social Change Accelerator model to allow start-ups reliable and affordable pricing to our services. We work with corporate sponsors to match funding for startups in these categories. If you are interested in helping as a sponsor, please contact us. If you are a young start-up with physical product ideas in cleantech and social causes, please contact us to see if you might qualify for this subsidized pricing model.
As one of San Francisco’s most vertically integrated product design companies our unique infrastructure allows us to design, prototype and launch new product ideas much faster than other incubators. Our latest endeavor is to channel these resources into a product design fund; we call it the Angel Design Fund. Over the last few years we have been developing several innovative products within our labs and are now seeking investors to participate in this early stage accelerator fund dedicated to the design and deployment of these products and related IP. If you are interested in getting involved either as an investor or inventor please contact us below.