What is the prototyping process?
Our process is in three stages. Stage one is the get-to-work ugly prototype. While this prototype does not look great it gets you to an MVP. The second stage is the design and materials prototype and the final is the production ready prototype. The design and materials prototype is when the design is finalized and the material selection starts. Also at this stage the final PCB (See below for FAQ) is handed off to the product designer (See below for FAQ). The production ready prototype is then used as a reference to source parts, build the supply chain, create the assembly line and create the logistics plan.
Can you help us create an MVP prototype?
Yes we can. Our engineers/designers are trained in a three stage approach to prototyping (see above for FAQ).
What does it mean when my product is ready for production?
Production is when your product is broken down into its individual components/parts, we create a Bill of Materials (BOM) that we then use to source the parts. Once the pricing and suppliers have been agreed upon then we create the order and send to the factory. We will then work with the factory to create an assembly line for your product, help you determine what the testing plan will be, packaging and then final shipping arrangements. Keep in mind that this is the simplified process. When you meet with us we will explain all the details.
What is MakeSimply Product Design?
To us product design is the combination of many skills needed to design your product. They include knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and DFM (Design For Manufacturability). These combined skills help to produce a design that can be manufactured.
How long is the product development process from idea to product?
The development time varies from product idea to product idea. When you signup we will schedule an appointment with you to go over your idea, once we have an understanding of what you want we will work together on the Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW will give us the information we need to estimate the product development time for your product idea.
I am thinking of doing a crowdfunding campaign, how can MakeSimply help me?
We can help you make sure you have a reliable schedule of production you can post and a suggested retail pricing for your product. We will also allow you to use our name as your manufacture as the one you will use after the campaign. This instills trust in your backers so that they know you have taken the right steps to deliver your product on time and within budget.
What if I already have my design of my product ready for production/prototyping?
That is great! MakeSimply can help you go to the next step. We will review your design with our experts and advise you with any changes with regard to Design For Manufacturability (DFM). After that we will help you source the parts, select the factories, estimate the price of the tooling and setup the supply chain. If you are looking to do a crowdfunding campaign, great. We can help you make sure you have a reliable schedule of production you can post and a suggested retail pricing for your product. We will also allow you to use our name as your manufacture as the one you will use after the campaign. This instills trust in your backers so that they know you have taken the right steps to deliver your product on time and within budget.