What You Need to Know to Manufacture An Invention
Maybe we should say, how to find a manufacturer for your invention. The point is, you need to make right decisions about how to manufacture your invention, that means you must to understand how the manufacturing process works. You must have some background information to assess your options for manufacturing your invention. And you will want a basic grasp of some manufacturing terms so that you can communicate with your manufacturers and staff.
As you can probably imagine, the field of manufacturing is absolutely huge. There seem to be almost as many options as there are products on the market. There is, of course, a wide variety of manufacturing materials, as well as dozens of ways to work with each of them. In this article, we can’t cover the whole field, but we can outline the broad categories and manufacturing methods so that you can find the right people to work with, and know the right questions to ask.
Before you begin the manufacturing process, we assume that you have completed other important steps of the invention development process. Because of First to File rules, you should have already acquired your patent. You should have also created your development prototypes.
At this point, once your invention is legally protected with a patent, and the initial design has been settled upon, you can begin the search for a manufacturer and the creation of production prototypes. Production prototypes are samples of your invention made in the actual factory and on the machines that will be used to mass produce your invention, they are used to check for quality and specifications compliance.
But first, you must find a manufacturer. How, out of the literally thousands of manufacturing facilities in the world, can you possibly expect to choose the right one?
Your best source of manufacturers is through referrals. If you can find a good recommendation from someone you know and trust, who has worked with that manufacturer before, you are halfway home. We’ll discuss other methods to find a manufacturer later in this article.