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How to Design and Manufacture a Product

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It can be quite a challenge to find a manufacturer -- one you like working with and whose factory produces a quality product at a fair price. Here are some tips on how to navigate through the process of finding one, as well as how to optimize your relationship with your manufacturer so that you -- and your customers -- are happy. For more infor visit: http://www.focuspdm.com/ Step 1: Creating a Prototype Creating a working prototype or finding someone who can do it for you is the first step in the manufacturing process. During my early days, I was able to sew most of my prototypes. But as my product, Planecomfort, was refined and the components used and the skills necessary to create the product I envisioned moved beyond my sewing expertise, I knew I needed help. Searching online, I found a wonderful yet small cut-and-sew business in northern California called Left in Stitches. This relationship proved valuable to me in a number of ways. They not only helped refine my original prototype, but they offered many suggestions and ideas for making the product easier to manufacture. Many of these smaller domestic companies offer prototyping services that are invaluable to new entrepreneurs. Once you have a prototype, there is quality and design testing and tweaking. At each stage of development, and every time I received the newer version of my product, I washed, dried, pulled, stretched, zipped, unzipped, and put my product through the proverbial "ringer." Making sure your product will exceed your customers' expectations is a sure way to keep them coming back and referring your product to others. Ideally, you want to have a dozen or so finished prototypes. Manufacturers will want one or two samples sent to them as a reference to compare to the finished product their factory is making. I thought I would be able to use Left in Stitches for the long term, but due to logistical reasons and production costs, I had to find an overseas manufacturer. Moving your manufacturing operations overseas means you want large quantities (usually thousands) of the item you are producing. If you want hundreds of something, you may be better off working with a domestic manufacturer. Step 2: Finding a Manufacturer I located my overseas manufacturers through referrals, which provided me with an immediate level of comfort and confidence with these factories. One referral came from a fabric manufacturer. Most fabric manufacturers have relationships with product manufacturers. Another factory was referred to me by a marketing services company. This company manufactures both soft and hard goods and was happy to provide their contact with another business opportunity. Call domestic manufacturers and inquire about their overseas connections. Ask everyone you know if they know someone who manufactures the type of products you are creating. Search online for companies with products similar to yours and call them. Who do they use? How did they get started? My experience is that most people will want to help you. I found it was best to work with at least two different companies when trying to decide who will win your business. Who is easiest to work with? Who meets (or beats) your expectations? Is one more knowledgeable than the other? Having a comparison is essential to ensure you are getting a quality product at a fair price. There are two common ways you can deal with overseas manufacturing. You can find a broker or agent in the U.S. that represents the factory, or deal with a factory directly. Once you have determined who you might like to work with, you must check references on your contact and the factory. Some of the important questions to ask: Was the product made to specifications? What percentage of the shipment was defective? If there was a problem with the shipment, did the factory make restitution? Were deadlines met? If not, what did the factory offer to make amends? Is what was promised delivered? How is the quality of goods they produce? How long have you worked with this person and factory? How many orders have you placed? Is your contact easy to work with? Is he/she responsive to calls and emails? What type of projects does the factory excel in producing? Soft goods, hard goods? What types of companies do they normally work with? Who is responsible for landing the goods in the U.S.? Text by Ann Merlini, founder of Pac'n Nap, LLC. For more information on How to Design and Manufacture a Product visit: http://www.focuspdm.com/
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Danno1850 (18 days ago)
Lol ad
Emm Vlogs (21 days ago)
Rose Co. (2 months ago)
Did some research, I heard that you guys are going bankrupt if you havent already and take 10k or more and just bail. Kinda like a scam artist would, and the product is never made? Any comments?
Hank Moody (6 months ago)
a fucking infomercial
harsha kumar (8 months ago)
what design tool i should use to sketch and make a prototype of product
BandOfBros (1 month ago)
We use solidworks in my university (engineering).
grammer turnitin (9 months ago)
ALL IS SCAM, i have contacted them, and i was about to be ripped. please be carful and do not trust focus company.
Jane Frida (11 months ago)
Hello. Are you in sponsorship with Focus Product Design company or you simply recommend them because of your great experience with them? Thank you!
Ryn (1 year ago)
What if its something like a notebook? Or a paper product
isfvt tyug (1 year ago)
What kind of engineer does one go to?
TravelorDie (1 year ago)
I know taking production over seas can feel like insurmountable task, but we can help you through the process from design to delivery. Feel free to check out my wesbite www.factorydirectsourcing.com or contact me directly [email protected]
A Tip (1 year ago)
Focus pdm is out of business 3/22/2017
Frankie Barajas (1 year ago)
If you go to this place how are you sure that they're just not going to steal your idea?
Jaswinder Singh (1 year ago)
Hey ...i have a product in mind ...but not much to finance it
It is really important to design a realistic new product. That means, it should be worth manufacturing. If the potential market is too small or it can be a substitute of another existing product, considering the tooling investment, just forget it. If you want to know some tips about plastic injection molded parts design and manufacturing, welcome to contact at: [email protected] Vicky Liu We custom make plastic, rubber and silicone parts, as well as production molds in Xiamen, China.
Shirin Karimian (1 year ago)
Hi Where are you located?
jenny sun (1 year ago)
I didn't face any troubles since I started finding suppliers with Matchory
anna lisa schmidt (1 year ago)
Ja! I agree, Matchory is a great way to find good and efficient manufacturers
Johanna Schmid (1 year ago)
are you talking about the german sourcing company called Matchory? i used them few times, quite efficient and reliable people, they expect you to be the same tho.
rakanMR (1 year ago)
How do I protect my idea ?
MizzChocs (8 months ago)
Learn how to make your own...thats what im trying 2 do lol
Bobby saxena (10 months ago)
You can file a patent
Bicep Brah (1 year ago)
T Worser (1 year ago)
rakanMR I have same question. How do I trust them? How to protect my idea? It's crazy. Our ideas are trapped. It's bad for everyone
Bret Vinson (1 year ago)
firm designed.
Nicholas Perry (1 year ago)
I try calling the number on your website many times and no answer......so please give me a number where I can contact you guys
Harry White (1 year ago)
Nicholas Perry they are out of business
JJSS (1 year ago)
whats the cost range?
madmukesh (2 years ago)
Very Helpful . Big Thanks
Marvin K. (2 years ago)
Can they make a prototype technologies?
Smile (2 years ago)
Thank You so much
zamp amp (3 years ago)
How much Does it cost to produce a plastic item about the size of your hand?
Dave Brown (2 years ago)
Hi Zamp, did you ever get an estimate as to the cost?
SoulBaron (3 years ago)
Can they steal your idea?
Michael Liang (4 months ago)
+Riel Kinsen hi, what is your email?
Riel Kinsen (4 months ago)
+Michael Liang Nice try
Michael Liang (3 years ago)
+Product Design hi, can we be your supplier in Shenzhen China? www.hottopchina.com
Steve Govea (3 years ago)
Thank you for the video! I've been depressed for not being able to execute my idea. I began the first steps with Focus Product Design. I can't wait to start collaborating with them.
Aaron Fantazii #AFLive (6 months ago)
Geez just for the Design !! 5000 you can do it yourself & Manufacture a few peices
Steve Govea (2 years ago)
+Dave Brown I didn't.
Dave Brown (2 years ago)
Good to know. Thanks for the feed back. I'm guessing you didn't go forward with it?
Steve Govea (2 years ago)
+Dave Brown it's B.S....I called them and looked at they're website. So you pay them close to $5,000 for consultation and come up with 3 different designs of your product.
Dave Brown (2 years ago)
Hi Steve, I am also thinking about working with Focus. How is the process going for you?
Legendarryy P.S. (3 years ago)
Thank you we tried your website but the link seems to be broken.
Legendarryy P.S. (3 years ago)
We welcome your quick response.
Hair and Whatever (3 years ago)
thanks for posting this info!!!!
Jack Barr (3 years ago)
what kind of cost can one expect from focus, for an object like a music keyboard. ?
ash2kewl (3 years ago)
Thank you... the hardest part is executing an idea. It's especially hard when you don't know where to start. Thank you for breaking it down step by step. Most people give a general or vague answer.

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