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How to Determine the Best Prototyping Method? 5 Questions to Ask

March 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

At last! It’s time to turn your design into a physical object. While it’s exciting to see something from your imagination turn into reality, there are questions that must be answered before you can begin.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Prototyping

Product Development Questions? Here are Some Resources

March 15, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” says the Lao Tzu proverb. The same is true when you’re developing a product. There is no place to begin except the beginning, and sometimes even that isn’t very clear.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Product Design Services

How Small Design Changes Can Affect Product Development Pricing

March 13, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’ve submitted your design, you’ve seen your prototype and… there’s something not quite right. Maybe a curve is deeper than expected, there’s a ridge or dimple where there shouldn’t be. Perhaps it just doesn’t feel the way you expected it to. But it’s a simple fix, right?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Pricing, Product Design Services

What To Look For in a Product Design Service Firm

February 16, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

In the beginning, there was an idea. But what comes next? How do you turn your vision into a reality? Or should you? Is it time to talk with an product development firm and, if so, where do you start?

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Filed Under: Product Development, Design for Manufacturability, Product Design Services

The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

December 22, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

[Editor's note: This blog post originally ran in March 2016.]

Designing a new product is as easy as having a killer idea, right? Not right. There is a lot that goes into designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling a new product. Millions of products have failed (take these 12 notorious product flops for instance), and chances are that all of them had at least one of the below mistakes in common. Save your product  and business  from inevitable demise by avoiding these common product design mistakes! 

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Filed Under: Product Development

Are You Ready for Product Manufacturing?

December 13, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

Who doesn't love a good quiz?

Have a little fun and take our quiz to learn whether you're ready to move  into full scale product manufacturing.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Manufacturing

Product Manufacturing: Are You Ready?

November 03, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

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That idea that was scribbled on a napkin late one night or that popped in your head one morning in the shower is finally ready to come to life. You have discovered an amazing idea for a product and you’ve done some research. It’s clear this product needs to get in the hands of thousands, possibly millions of people. You’re past the initial idea phase, maybe you even have a working prototype you’ve proudly shown off to potential buyers. But where do you go from here? Are you ready for product manufacturing now? 

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Filed Under: Product Development, Entrepreneur, Start-Ups

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

September 15, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

When companies are looking to reduce costs, their first focus is often what product design changes can be made to reduce material costs. Many completely overlook the option of refining the product’s packaging design instead. Improving and optimizing packaging design can not only save a company boatloads of money, but it can also provide better product protection and a reduced carbon footprint. Break free from the “we’ve always done it this way” mindset and analyze whether your product packaging is as efficient as possible. Below are 7 surefire ways to reduce packaging costs!

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Filed Under: Engineering, Product Development

How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

August 16, 2016 by Andy Reese

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple, yet complex all the while.

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Filed Under: Product Development, Contract Manufacturing

5 Reasons Alibaba is the Wrong Place to Find a Supplier

March 10, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Unless your product is a shelf-stocked, run-of-the-mill commodity, Alibaba isn't the place to find your manufacturing partner – because that is just what you need: a partner. Small businesses often make hasty, emotion-induced decisions. This is the wrong approach. Objectivity becomes valuable when you're looking to forge a long-term relationship, not a short-sighted transaction. The site is alluring, approachable. The easy way out. Resist the urge! If you're serious about making a great quality product and building a successful business, find an experienced and reliable contract manufacturer to serve as your partner.

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Filed Under: Product Development, China