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March 3, 2015

Six Mistakes Inventors Make

So you think you have an idea? Great! But first, stop and think: Are you one of many that fall into the six categories of mistakes that inventors make? If you are, then proceed with caution as you might get knocked down quickly, a tragedy that comes at a high cost. Mistake 1 – Expecting Unrealistic Results Don’t think that you will make a million dollars straight away. It is highly unlikely. All new products take time to develop. For example, it takes a minimum of 6 months to complete the design and manufacturing processes before progressing to marketing and […]
March 3, 2015

Should I Patent My Invention?

I have often been asked, “Should I patent my invention?” Of course! It is always the safest way to protect your invention from people stealing it; yes, unfortunately this happens. Some inventors choose not to patent straight away. This may be considered foolish by experts and patent attorneys, but not everyone can afford to pay for patents on every idea they have. Later topics will touch further on patents and what you need to know and do. At this stage, however, understanding that you don’t need a patent immediately is crucial in staying positive about not having to spend all […]
February 15, 2015

Can you modify your Tools

YES – Within reason You can pretty much do anything to your tools within reason. Because your tools are specifically made from metal, to apply any further or additional changes would most likely occur in the form of machining or, through a combination of both welding and machining. When your designer initially designs the parts, he should have, in the back of his mind, already considered (or perhaps communicated) the potential areas of concern as well as any additional areas that might require further modification. These modifications or areas of concern can include areas where potential wearing of the tool […]
January 15, 2015

Fitting in with the Behaviour of Consumers

Despite the fact that you believe that your invention is the greatest on the planet, not everyone is going to be interested in its use. Unfortunately, this is simply the reality and is often a common problem with many inventors as most believe everyone will pay top dollar for their product. Inventors are often so taken aback and excited about their inventions that they often fail to look at the bigger picture. While the product is outstanding in terms of form, fit and function, this matters very little if no one is willing to buy or use it. Therefore, inventions […]
January 15, 2015

Reverse Engineering Another Product

The process of reverse engineering occurs when an existing product is copied in terms of its design and overall elements in order to analyze its form, fit and function. People often reverse engineer other products to better understand how a product is made and how it works once in the hands of consumers. By studying the existing product, inventors are often able to construct a new device based on their own ideas and analysis without directly copying anything from the original product. During the reverse engineering process, it is extremely important to analyze and study the part without copying or […]
January 15, 2015

What is a Mechanical Designer?

Mechanical designers typically use CAD software to generate designs that are either in 2D or 3D form. By both definition and job description, mechanical designers work to design machines and products using the latest technologies available. These skilled designers often combine extensive knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering and drafting to develop products for manufacturing. Because of their vast knowledge and expertise, mechanical designers are often involved throughout the manufacturing process from the beginning stages of creative sketches through product testing and finalization. Essentially, a mechanical designer draws the blueprints for his or her client’s product. Typically, with their incredible […]
December 26, 2014

How many parts will they ship at one time?

Once you have chosen your manufacture, you need to decided if you are going to allow them to do the packaging of the product or if you want to do it yourself, this needs to be the first decision that needs to be made. If you decide the manufacturer does the packaging into final retail boxes then your manufacturer will inform you how many boxes they can fit in a container. This is a fine calculation and should be double checked. Typically at Invention Steps we provide 3D illustrations of boxes in a container showing you in detail the exact […]
December 26, 2014

Back to the drawing board

The day finally comes and you have your invention prototype in your hands and, well, you simply are not happy with the outcome. In fact, you are a bit disappointed. Welcome to the world of product development. The decision to have a prototype made before continuing into the manufacturing process proved to be the right choice. Why? You have a prototype that you have tested and now realize that it is incorrect as it does not fit or work as you originally intended or hoped. However, rather than spending money on parts and tools for manufacturing or larger scale production, […]
December 26, 2014

Minimum order quantity

When you first receive your quote from the manufacturing company, they should have informed you that you must order in batches of a certain quantity, also known as the minimum order quantity. This quantity is determined by the number of products required to make it worth their time and money to utilize their equipment, run the machines, and complete the process. Suppliers, like all businesses across various industries, avoid loss of time and money to increase the profit margins. Because of this, your supplier will specify the minimum order quantity to make your product within their production specifications. Manufacturers will […]
December 25, 2014

How will the designer design my invention?

The designer will typically use one of a selection of thousands of different types of software on the market today to create your product. Each software typically perform the same actions but in general software is chosen dependent on the industry the designer is trained in. There are 3 levels of software to choose from, the high end, the mid end and the low end and they are priced accordingly from $500 to $20,000 for each license. The reason for the different software and price levels is to do with the functions offered by each software. High end industries such […]