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May 24, 2015

Manufacturing Agents

Regardless of where you live or what industry in which you work, you are sure to find agents who are both reputable and less reputable as is the case with a variety of professionals. These individuals often serve to assist inventors as they move through the manufacturing stages of the invention process. However, before you decide to hire an agent for your invention process, let’s take a moment to define what an agent does and the potential costs as well as things to consider prior to hiring an agent. What exactly is an agent? An agent is an individual who […]
August 2, 2012

Improving Product Quality

The maintaining or improvement of your product quality is up to you and the directions you give to your suppliers. Allowing your suppliers to supply without checking the product quality is a very costly mistake. You need to direct the manufacturers to a point that no rejects can get through the system. The reason why it is up to you is because this is a added step to the process and the manufacturers don’t want to add extra cost for themselves. The are two approaches to take when selecting a supplier. One is the low cost and the other as you probably guessed is the quality […]
July 9, 2012

Why do I need a design for my invention?

Pretty simple answer really, you need a design as you cannot progress any further with your idea or invention without one. Designs are created to illustrate how your product will work and also help people understand how it will eventually look. The most important part of the design is actually being able to send the final drawings to a manufacturer who can manufacture the product. You are unable to get a rapid prototype made without a professional design. Everyone getting an invention made will need a design generated professionally to ensure the product will be suitable for manufacturing. If you […]
June 8, 2012

Don’t rush your invention

Ensuring your invention is going to be the best you can possibly make, means you need to take your time and don’t rush. A forced invention is more likely going to be a failure as it most likely won’t consider all aspects of the market. Presumably you have a full time job and a life, so treat your new idea as a hobby to start with. Don’t even consider quitting your job based on your assumption that you will make millions instantly. Your idea might make millions, but it will almost certainly take a minimum of 6 months until you […]
May 27, 2012

Don’t change your design halfway

A designers worse nightmare is to work with an inventor who doesn’t know what they want. This typically means endless amount of changes and doesn’t make it worth while for the designer in the long run. Typically when you employ the services of a designer they will inform you of a certain number of times that you can change your design. During the stages of design there are points where you can still make slight changes but past these points may result in a whole new redesign. The importance of a kick off meeting is to eliminate the chances of […]
May 27, 2012

Target sale price for your invention

There are many different ways of coming up with a sale price, however I prefer to assess a product using the following steps below. The way to determine a good target sale price will depend on a number of factors: How novel is your idea? What is your target audience? How much can you get the product manufactured for? How much is packaging of the product? How much does shipping cost? How much marketing do you need to do? Are you going to sell through retailers? How novel is your idea? Very important in choosing a sale price because simply, if your […]
May 27, 2012

Which material to use to make my Product?

Any designer needs to understand what material a product or part will be made of to ensure they can accurately design it. Why is this important during the design phase? I suggest you sit down with the designer in the first meeting you have and discuss what type of application the part is going to be used for.  They should be able to tell you if the part will be strong enough in your chosen material. If the designer has some doubts then they can decide to do some FEA simulations to test the parts strength or simply change material […]
May 27, 2012

Which manufacturing method?

There are lots of options when deciding which manufacturing method to use. Each method however is dependent on a few factors. How much do you want to spend? What material do you want to use? How much do you want to spend? The reason why this is important is because every manufacturing method vary in costs. For example, parts are generally cheaper to make using injection molds opposed to casting but you need to also take into account the cost of the tooling. The cost of the tooling for injection mold is more expensive than the cast tooling so dependent […]
May 27, 2012

What are the design stages for a new product

When a designer first starts a new project, he needs to be totally aware of what the final outcome needs to look like. For the designer to be able to visualise the final design he needs to get as much information from you as possible. You need to be aware of the design stages so you can understand the steps to completing your design. What information does the designer need: What material do you want to use? How much detail do you want? Strength requirements of the part or assembly? What is you cost target to purchase the parts? How many parts are you […]
May 27, 2012

2D CAD

What is 2D CAD? When someone in design or engineering refers to 2D CAD, they generally refer to a drawing on a screen or paper that represents a 2 dimensional object or assembly. This means there is no depth represented (Z-axis). In Order for designers to illustrate a depth they usually add another view alongside the front or side view. 2D drawings are always presented in a line drawing format but may have some shaded view added. Why do you need it? 2D CAD drawings are generally produced to give dimensions to a part or assembly for the object to be […]