From considering your need for a patent, to how the end product will be produced, there are many critical issues to consider that will impact your product’s overall success. Eastek’s Director of Design & Development, Cherie Wilkinson, gives tips on what to consider before creating a prototype.
A Brilliant Idea on a Napkin
It was a typical lunch with my friend Frank, an aspiring gadget inventor. His brilliant idea rested on a cocktail napkin as he lamented, “I just know this is the Next Big Thing, but how will I get it produced without going bankrupt?” My friend may have delusions of grandeur about his idea, but he struggles with a well-known reality — even if it is the Next Big Thing, he needs to have a design drawn up and he probably can’t afford to take his idea to production in the U.S. But Frank has little (if any) knowledge of alternative production resources.
For this inventor’s dilemma, solutions include turning to a contract manufacturer (CM), licensing the idea or locating an investor. While aligning with these resources can transform ideas like Frank’s into working prototypes, the process usually presents challenges at every step.
Before determining which solution to use prior to creating your prototype, there are several critical issues to consider that will impact your product’s overall success.