When you are getting your idea designed for eventual manufacturing it is vital that you have your designs made with a keen eye on manufacturabilty.
Very often our clients will come to us with ready-made designs that look great, but that are either very costly, or impractical to manufacture. Remember, just because the concept looks good on paper or in a 3D CAD file does not mean that it is optimized for manufacturability. You could end up spending a lot of unnecessary money to manufacture this type of design. You need to make sure that your designer understands that you intend to manufacture and mass produce this idea so his/her designs should be manufacturing-ready, making sure that they keep a close eye on the cost effectiveness of the design.
Industrial design (aka. product design) is an art form so do not be surprised if your designer comes up with some great ideas and concepts that may need to be checked for feasibility.
Ideally, you will want to work with a designer or engineer that has had experience in the past in going from design to product and taking their ideas from the design phase right through to mass production. This will ensure that they are fully aware of the manufacturing limitations and where they will be able to make some small tweaks to the design that will save you a lot in the way of cost, while not compromising the aesthetics and functionality of your product idea.
If you are still in the early stages of your idea and the new product development process you may want to download our free new product development checklist that will give you some insight into whether or not your idea is a winner.
If you are a little further along in the process and are looking for more information about the possibility of sourcing overseas for a product development or overseas manufacturing service then our (free) Guide to New Product Development and Overseas Manufacturing for Small Businesses might be helpful to you!
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