As you may have heard already, building hardware is hard. To help young companies understand (and avoid) the common pitfalls of building physical products Dragon Innovation has put together a comprehensive breakdown of the manufacturing process.

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In our full guide, we cover:

1. The Winning Manufacturing Formula for Hardware Startups
2. Manufacturing is Continually Evolving
3. Manufacturing has Many Unknowns
4. Early Decisions Cast Long Shadows
5. Communication is a Big Deal
6. Learning Objectives
7. The Journey to Dragon
8. Dragon’s Approach
9. Some of our Customers 
10. Why is Manufacturing Hard?
11. Example Process Photo
12. How the Process Works from 1 to 1M
13. Scaling is Complicated and Dangerous
14. Simplify and De-risk Manufacturing
15. The Manufacturing Triangle
16. Manufacturing Triangle
17. The Thing you Designed
18. The Thing People are Going to Buy
19. What’s a BOM
20. What to Include
21. Why a BOM is Important
22. Hierarchical Structure for Manufacturing
23.Flat BOM for Supply Chain
24. Costs (Fixed & COGS)
25. Model Price Breakdown
26. Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE)
27. Tools to Analyze & Iterate
28. Scenario 1: Baseline
29. Scenario 2: Improve Component Payment Terms  
30. Scenario 3: Improve Factory Payment Terms 
31. Scenario 4: Improve Customer Payment Terms 
32. Scenario 5: Air Ship 
33. Cash Flow Comparison
34. Schedule
35. Product Development from PoV of Entrepreneur
36. Three Phases of Manufacturing Activities 
37. Manufacturing Phases
38. Typical Manufacturing Schedule
39. Quality
40. Quality Image
41. Types of Quality
42. What Did We Learn
43. Q&A
44. Dragon Innovation Contact
45. Pre-Manufacturing Solutions
46. Manufacturing Solutions

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Scott N. Miller

Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish, life-size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro, before joining iRobot where he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to high-volume production of the first three million units.

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