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Turning inspiration into a tangible product takes time and discipline. Thinking about manufacturing at this stage will help save time later when you’re ready to work with us.

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The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: "Zero-to-One" is a lot different than “One-To-Many”

In anticipation of Halloween, I decided to build a robot to hand out candy.  It was great to take a break from thinking about manufacturing in high-vo...

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The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: Design Constraints in Manufacturing

In this series we'll focus on the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and how to successfully go from a “napkin sketch” all the way through high-vo...

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CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 - What is it and how does it affect your manufacturing plans?

Chinese New Year (CNY), a.k.a. Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese people. 2019 is the 'Year of the Pig', and this year Chi...

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Reverse Engineering: A Holiday Toy Train Set

Watching my father-in-law struggle for about an hour to set up this year’s holiday train set gave me another opportunity to reflect on manufacturing a...

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3 “Musts” of Manufacturing Mastery: Cost, Quality & Schedule

Manufacturing companies face any number of hurdles and issues on the path from an idea to a viable product. The success of your manufacturing company ...

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Domestic Manufacturing: Why Europe (the EU) is again a viable option

For years, manufacturing in countries like China seemed like a foregone conclusion for anyone with an eye for the bottom line. Of course you’d manufac...

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Key Steps to Finalizing Your Bill of Materials (BOM)

You have a brilliant idea for some new electronic gizmo: a better mousetrap... You’re sure there is a market for it, so you prototype it, making many ...

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Quality Planning in Manufacturing

When I bring up quality planning to new hardware startups, I usually get a combined look of confusion and fear. Facing creating a 30 page document ful...

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Initial Concept to Design for Manufacturing: Prototype Properly in 6 Easy Steps

To prototype properly you'll need focus, help from friends and definitely creativity. Every product innovator has their own process but we here at Dra...

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