About Mechanical Elements

About Us, DIY Project PlansMechanical Elements” is a web feature for Do-It-Yourself Plans from Synthesis, a Colorado based Engineering & Design Services company.  The name, “Mechanical Elements” is a simple play on words, and it makes a fun domain for this site.

Names aside, the essence of this website is sharing excellent DIY plans.  We sell blueprints for things we’ve designed and built, in areas of our expertise.  Things like Utility Trailers, specialty Shop Tools, and some home Food & Water Storage things.  Oh, and lot’s more.  We don’t market just any plans, these are things of our own design.  When you shop here, you get the Real Thing!

DIY Motivation

I built my first trailer so long ago it’s almost embarrassing to discuss.  I was a kid, growing up in the country, interested in anything that moved.  A trailer is a way of moving things too big for the trunk of mom’s car. Upsized Gantry Crane Plans Over the years dozens of people have asked about a trailers, or a crane, or shop press, or about food storage item I made.  Almost always, after the inquiries or compliments, the inevitable question comes up in some variation or another:

“How Can I Get One?”


“Will You Build Me One?”

Because of all the questions about plans, I wrote some instructions to give out.  That quickly became cumbersome, so I put them online at the domain “MechanicalElements.com“.  Over the years the store and the number of products have matured and expanded.  Hundreds of great DIY’ers have purchase plans and build awesome products for themselves.  Some customers send pictures of their creations (and modifications), so, we put some customer project stories and photos here.   Thank you, we appreciate the photos.  Awesome!

Plans are available here for you too.  Project plans on Mechanical Elements are written for the Do-It-Yourself Enthusiast.  They include instructions that are easy enough for people who are not totally familiar with reading blueprints, industry jargon, etc..  That said, we do expect you know a fair amount about building in order to tackle such projects.  Hopefully, even the expert builders will find a tidbit of “Hmmm, that’s interesting” contained within — because we try to pass along the good DIY tips others share with us.

Now you know our story.  Enjoy the plans !!

Spreading The DIY Knowledge

There’s more than just the great Do-it-Yourself plans on this site!  We have also built a pretty cool library of shared knowledge about how to build things, where to look for the best buys, and tricks to make your DIY Life better.  These are all contained in The Mechanic’s Post, and they are sorted by category for easy access.  Here are a few of our most popular:

About Synthesis

Synthesis Engineering Services, Inc. As indicated above, Mechanical Elements is a DIY feature of Synthesis Engineering Services, Inc.  We love making plans and helping DIY’ers build cool stuff.  Synthesis has been around since the mid 1990’s, and we have weathered some crazy economic times.  Our competitors come and go, yet we’re still here as a premier Engineering Services Provider.  Perhaps that speaks to our engineering expertise, broad capabilities, and customer service ethics, but it may just be luck.  Either way, we’re happy to be here and happy to help by creating amazing products and finding unique solutions.  Please visit our website to learn more.