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We have written all these topics to help you further understand the Invention Process and what you can do to reduce mistake and keep costs low.

May 27, 2012

What does tooling mean?

When you request a quote of a manufacturer they will always give you a tooling cost. The tooling cost is a cost that is charged for the engineering / fabrication of the tool that will be used to make your product. Typically these tools are called dies. Dies are produced based on your 2D or 3D files of your designs and usually made from a number different types of metals. Once made the dies are made they are inserted into large machines which will then enable you to start production of your parts. Dies will either compress, stretch, form, mold, […]
May 27, 2012

Difference between Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturer

I am often asked why do some choose to get their products made in Taiwan as apposed to China? Typically in my experience china has always been cheaper to get tooling made than in Taiwan. This is because labour costs more in Taiwan. Based on the tooling costs you get what you pay for and cheaper tool means cheaper materials and the life of the tool is compromised not to mention the quality of the machining of the tool.Asian companies realise that they need to offer good prices to get your attention but what exactly are the compromising with to […]
May 27, 2012

Is it safe to use Chinese (Asia) manufacture?

Yes of course it is Without Asia manufacturing many new products would never get off the ground. Using a cheap alternative to your local manufacturer is key to getting a getting your product into the market place quick and with little effort. You do need to be aware that there are some Asian companies who take advantage of new inventors who have no idea about manufacturing and if they can get away with it they will charge you over the top for dies and part costs. Its always recommended to try and get a reference off the supplier to see […]
May 27, 2012

How long will the manufacturing of the tool take?

Its a pretty hard question to answer as it depends on a few factors which are size, manufacturing process and amount of detail to be added to the part.Usually if someone ask me this question I would answer from 8 to 12 weeks. 12 weeks for large jobs and in some cases smaller jobs could be 4 weeks. The time consists of purchasing large billets (blocks) of material which could take a week, programming a CNC machine to machine the billet which combined could take 2 weeks. The rest time would be testing and machining to get your parts correct. […]
May 27, 2012

Fluxuation in material costs

Your manufacturer will always quote you a price and that price is dependant on the cost of raw material at the time. Usually if parts are to be made of plastic then you won’t really see much price difference but if parts are made from steel then you need to be aware that steel prices have the tendency to fluctuate and sometimes a lot. If possible get your supplier to guarantee the steel price before you made a deal. They have the ability to do this and will base their cost on an average of costs they will work out […]
May 27, 2012

Should I use an agent when dealing with Asian Companies?

All over the world you will find some reputable and some not so reputable agents who can help you through your manufacturing stages. An agent is a person who has dealing with a selected few manufacturing companies and they are basically the middleman who can help you with getting your product produced. The agent would normally charge you a percentage of each part made and in some case up to 10%. This is a percentage of the cost of buying the part from the manufacturer not your sale price. To be a successful agent they need to ideally be an […]
May 27, 2012

Asia Manufacture

Imagine two identical product sitting side by side, one is made locally and the other in Asia. If you gave some people the choice they would prefer the locally made product.Peoples thoughts on Asia made product are not great. They relate the “Made in China” stamp to an inferior and cheaper product. For this reason they prefer local manufacture. I would disagree on the above statement as it is all dependant on the design, the material selection, the manufacturing company selection and the quality control. If you were to use a asia based manufacturing company you really need to be […]
May 27, 2012

Local Manufacture

So you want to get that stamp on your product that says “Australia Made” dependant on your country. Thats great. People do often prefer to buy locally made product as they too want t support their local manufacturers but in a lot of cases people will not be able to afford the product. The reason why they won’t be able to afford might quite possibly be because it was more expensive to manufacture locally so you had to increase the sale price of the product to make a profit.
May 27, 2012

Where should I get my product manufactured?

The age old question and a very easy one to answer with asking one question. How much money do you have? Wherever you are in the world it is always great to get the product manufactured in your own country where you can contribute to the economy and keeping people in jobs. Most often than not trying to manufacture in your own country is more expensive and not very affordable for a start up product. The alternative would be to get your product manufactured in Asia (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea etc). Due to the cost of material and labour […]
May 27, 2012

What material do I use for my prototype?

Rapid Prototyping can be done using a large number of materials and can even produce a one exactly replicating your final product material if you can afford it. With technology these days if you can design it you can rapid prototype it. Material selection can vary from metals and plastics but generally the cheapest options is to work with plastic as there are more companies and machines geared up to produce these. Generally for inventions people need to test that their product looks and function how it should so they aren’t too concerned about material at this stage.