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Taking Your New Product from Inception to Manufacturing

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2018-10-10 10:48:22
Bringing a new idea into reality is not an easy task, but again it is far from being impossible. Everything you use today, starting from cars you have driven, books you have read, and apps you have downloaded, started as a mere idea. The owners of the idea went all the way to bring them into reality. While some ideas fail, this should not prevent anyone from believing in oneself and become a successful inventor. The biggest trick in bringing these ideas into reality is the willingness, patience, and ability to stick to the invention journey. The good thing is that the journey is not easy, but it is doable, especially if you can follow a little guidance as described in following simple steps.

1.Idea Inception
Most probably you are already at this stage, and you are not sure of the way forward. At this stage, try and imagine how you would like your product to look like, how it will be used and who will be your consumers. Sometimes you may be required to make short notes and sketches based on how you see and imagine your product to be.

2.Carry Out Research
After having a clear understanding of your future product, there are several aspects you need to research on concerning this product. First, you need to know the problem your product will be solving and if there are people already searching for such a solution. Secondly, you need to know if there exists a similar product on the market. If a similar product doesexist, ask yourself if you are going to bring any improvement from what the consumers already have. The answer you give here will prompt you to the next step which is product design.

3.Developing Product Design
Once you are satisfied that the product you are making will be useful to people, you are now ready to design your product. The things to consider in this phase include the function of the product, its lifespan, its reliability, manufacturing costs, the complexity of the manufacturing process and resources required to produce it. You will also be required to research the dimensions and materials required to develop the best design. In this case, consider probable factors that can damage your product especially natural reactions. For instance, if you are inventing a product that can be damaged by abrasion, fretting, particle erosion or hard surfaces you might need to consider Chrome carbide coatings as part of your product design model. Also, in case your product has several parts, reduce them as much as you can so as to reduce the cost of manufacturing and time consumed in assembling the multiple parts.

4.CAD, CAM And Prototype Testing
Technology must be part of the equation because it will help you attain a high level of accuracy when developing your design. You will need CAD and CAM technology to digitalize your product design. Computer-aided design (CAD), is a process that uses 3D grade technology to produce a computerized model of your final product design. CAD will help you identify any unforeseeable issue with the product design and therefore give you a chance to work on it early enough. Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) on the other hand is a computer-guided system that will help you to create a physical prototype of your product. Finally, prototype testing is a process that will give you a clear picture of the design of your product, and at this stage, you have to be very honest with yourself when identifying probable flaws and shortcomings. There are easy ways of utilizing prototype technology to make sure you don't leave any problem undetected or unresolved.

5.Manufacturing And Assembly
Once you are satisfied with the product design, it is time to jump to the manufacturing process. This would include considering resources required and their availability, batch numbers and the manufacturing process involved. You must think of ways to minimize cost while maintaining a high-quality as this is the only way your product will be accepted and become profitable. Use technological solutions in every step of manufacturing so as to attain efficiency. While buying materials avoid going for the cheap ones to avoid compromising on quality.

6.Feedback And Final Production
Once your product is manufactured and assembled, continue testing the outcomes by gathering feedback from family members, friends, and associates. Act on the feedback accordingly. You must be prepared to receive both positive feedback and honest criticism so as to make way for further development. Make improvements where necessary and/or address any unforeseen problem to get to your final product. Once you are satisfied with the final product after further testing, you can now start planning on marketing strategies that will bring your product to the market. The more you sell, the more you will manage to manufacture more and improve profitability.




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