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    September 17, 2019

    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 05, 2019

    Our Best Blog Posts for Inventors

    If you’re in the midst of developing your next great product idea, you’ve likely been scouring the internet for the best information about taking this initial thought and making it into a reality. There are so many aspects to consider, making it easy to get overwhelmed and confused. We’d like to help walk you down this entrepreneurial path by...

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    November 07, 2018

    Moving Your Product From Prototype to Production

    Just think about it for a second. Every day you interact with hundreds of products that at one point were nothing more than an idea. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to take a product from prototype to production? It's a complex process that combines creativity and procedures. There are stops and starts. The timeline for...

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    October 17, 2018

    The Most Common Product Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    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...

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    September 05, 2018

    Practical Ways Engineering Support Benefits Product Development

     When considering the value of engineering support as you go through the process of product development, there’s a great saying to keep in mind:

    Experience is a great teacher, especially someone else’s experience.

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    August 08, 2018

    Submitting an RFQ to a Supplier? How to Avoid Quote Fatigue

    If you have been involved in global contract manufacturing (CM) for more than a few months  you will inevitably hear the phrase, “Quote Fatigue.” Quote Fatigue occurs when a prospect submits an RFQ (Request for Quote) to a manufacturer for pricing — then another, then another, then another, without the manufacturer securing any new business.

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    June 26, 2018

    Setting Up a Basic BOM Spreadsheet

    When you work with engineers prepare yourself for a heaping helping of acronym soup! You’ll hear it all: PCB, PCBA, DFM, FMEA, PO, IP and of course the BOM, which stands for Bill of Materials. And while all those other acronyms are highly important to the product development process, it’s the BOM that gets you on your way.

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    May 31, 2018

    Items to Include in an NPI Checklist

    If you thought the new product development process was going to be a walk in the park, you might need to take a look at a survey conducted by Gartner in 2017. The survey questioned CEOs about the success of new product introduction, and the numbers were sobering. 

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    May 29, 2018

    7 Steps to Reduce Packaging Costs

    Reducing costs is an ongoing task for every company, but what if I told you that you could save money without having to change a single millimeter of your product?

    You’d probably be thrilled.

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    May 17, 2018

    How Increasing Design Tolerance Can Cut Costs

    The product design and development process is a fascinating one, marrying creativity with the disciplines of math, science, engineering and marketing. Transforming an idea into a marketable product doesn’t just happen.

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