Here at Dragon Innovation, we’re often approached with incomplete Bills of Materials (BOM)/CAD packages. BOM and CAD packages come in all shapes and sizes, but in order to move forward with choosing your factory and starting manufacturing, they need to be complete.
Since starting Dragon Innovation we’ve talked with thousands of hardware companies and factories about how to start manufacturing and scale from a prototype to high volume production.
A critical starting point is reviewing a Bill of Materials (BOM) and CAD Package, which serves as the foundation for building the product.
From that standpoint, below are the key items of a complete BOM and CAD package:
3D Printed Parts
Anything OTS (Off the Shelf)
Springs, washers, motors, lights, batteries, rails, etc.
All 3D renderings
2D Drawings (when 3D unavailable)
Associated Part #’s
Top level assemblies of parts
ME: General outer dimensions (popboard if possible)
EE: Gerbers + Schematics + Component list
3D CAD Designed
Generate outer dimensions + critical features
These are fundamental sets of data, used throughout the process to get to mass manufacturing. A well constructed BOM and CAD clearly communicates all of the technical ingredients required to build the product. This can help avoid headaches down the road so when you are ready for mass manufacturing, you have everything you need to hit the ground running.
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