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March 15, 2017

Product Development Questions? Here are Some Resources

“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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March 13, 2017

How Small Design Changes Can Affect Product Development Pricing

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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February 16, 2017

What To Look For in a Product Design Service Firm

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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December 22, 2016

The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

[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...

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December 13, 2016

Are You Ready for Product Manufacturing?

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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November 03, 2016

Product Manufacturing: Are You Ready?

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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....

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September 15, 2016

7 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs

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...

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August 16, 2016

How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

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,...

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March 10, 2016

5 Reasons Alibaba is the Wrong Place to Find a Supplier

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...

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December 03, 2015

The Value of Tolerance: How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

Tolerance is one of those areas that is in the buyer's hands. It's your responsibility as the buyer to tell your contract manufacturer what you will and will not accept in terms of tolerances. I sat down with our head of EMS, as well as one of our product development engineers, to talk design tolerance. I found out that we have received many...

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