Joe Van Pelt: Highly Experienced Technical Designer

For the past 40+ years, Joe Van Pelt has worked in the mechanical innovation field. He began as a Tool and Die / Journeyman and mould maker. He worked on the Canadarm and developed a passion for problem solving and high-tech design. While working in tool and die, he went to evening university courses and earned his computer science and mechanical engineering degrees. This education included computer-assisted design (CAD), properties of materials, and computer programming.

His hands-on experience in the machine shop allows him to design products and machinery that are easy to build by the tool or mould maker, and are designed in the most inexpensive way to manufacture. This makes him popular with our customers and our fabricators!

For 13 years, Joe worked as a mechanical designer in the Engineering Facility at GM, and was trained to use their 3D software called Unigraphics or UG.  When Joe decided to open his own company, he researched the 3D design packages on the market and chose Solidworks as the best fit for his business.

Contact Joe directly at, call the shop at 705-277-3905, or use our quotation request form here.

Jan Wotton: Technology Educator and Office Administrator

Jan Wotton worked as a teacher, focused on technology and innovation. She was the computer administrator at her school for 15 years. Now she runs the C2R office and takes care of billing, bookkeeping, payroll and computers.  Contact Jan directly at or call the office at 705-277-1446.

Concept 2 Reality:

Joe and Jan first incorporated in 2003, and have since grown their business and his customer base.  Concept 2 Reality specifically focuses on mechanical design, product development, and rapid prototyping. Joe continues to work as the lead designer, and oversees his staff and tool shops to ensure the designs and workmanship are done to the customer’s satisfaction and are totally functional.