As we have said before, the difference between an idea and an invention is the reality of having something you can hold in your hands, something that you can see or use firsthand to test in the consumer market or to present to potential investors to earn financial support. This tangible invention transforms the idea into a reality through the prototype and manufacturing process. Essentially, manufacturing is the game changer for your invention.
Understanding the manufacturing methods and your options can save you both time and money, which is vital in any invention process. However, there is no real reason for you to fully know or study every manufacturing method that is available. Why? Your designer will have a more specific idea of what manufacturing method to choose for your product when they are designing the product itself. This does not mean, however, that unfamiliarity is acceptable. Because knowledge is power in any situation, I have listed the general methods that you will likely encounter or hear about during the design stage of your invention as having some familiarity with the terms may prove helpful.
Remember that the methods all vary in cost and are dependent on the manufacturing stage itself. Be sure to openly communicate with your designer to get a better understanding of the process that he should target during the design so that the manufacturing and packaging processes can later follow suit. With this information, the designer should then select the manufacturing method to suit the cost target. Ultimately, at the end of the day, you should choose a manufacturing method that is affordable not only for your budget but for the market as well. Why? A part that is too expensive may not be successful within the consumer market because it is too expensive for consumers and becomes more unlikely to sell.
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