Ensuring that your invention is going to be the best it can possibly be requires time. Do not rush the process as each step is pivotal in the overall success of your invention. A forced invention is more likely going to be a failure. Why? Forced inventions often fail to consider all aspects and factors of the market and its presence within that market.
Presumably, you likely have a full time job that demands much of your time. In addition to work, you also have a life that requires spending quality time with family, friends, pursuing hobbies and dreams. Because of this, treat your new idea initially as a hobby. Do not consider quitting your job based on the assumption that you will instantly make millions. Your idea might make millions over time but, it will almost certainly take a minimum of six months until you see any money coming in at all.
Essentially, as you continue to pursue your new hobby, you will find that you need guidance with the overall process. By enlisting the best team with skills and qualifications that will benefit your idea and lay a strong foundation for success, bringing your idea to life will become less of a concept and more of a reality. The more experienced your team, the quicker the process and the higher chance that the process will be right the first time. Since time is money, it is clear to see why enlisting professional help is vital.
Take plenty of time in establishing a strong team and, most importantly, do plenty of research on not only the invention process but on the individuals themselves. Do they have a strong portfolio of clients? How much experience do they have? Are they specialists in the industry? Do not be afraid to shop around for the best and most qualified designers. This is an especially easy process since most designers offer a free consultation, which is an incredible offer as you begin your research. Review each designer’s portfolio and ask pertinent questions relating to their work. This is business and you do not, under any circumstances, want to pay someone who has no idea how to design for manufacturing. Remember that conceptual design and design for manufacturing are two very different things.
Conceptual design shows you how the product will look when it is completed; however, it will not necessarily show you how each part actually works. The conceptual design is meant to offer you a better idea on how the part will look and feel once it is manufactured.
In contrast, manufacture designs are more detailed designs of each part that is used to make the tooling of the final product. Every design requires particular attention paid to it with respect to material thickness and any strengthening features. Ideally, a designer with any engineering or manufacturing background is highly beneficial in this step.
One of the most important things to remember during the process is that the more advice you can get at this stage of the process is absolutely crucial to the success of your invention or idea. Remember, though time is money, it is better to take your time with the process rather than rush as a hurried invention often yields a failed result.