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The steps from concept to production are surprisingly similar regardless of industry. It starts with thoroughly outlining the idea to test its viability and then moving on to prototyping to develop the product's function. It's broken down into six primary phases.
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Contract manufacturing is a great method for producing high-quality products at a cost-effective price. But how exactly does contract manufacturing work? If you’ve never gone through this process, you may not be sure of what to expect.
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Do you care deeply about the quality of your products? If so, customer-driven product development should play a major role in your design and production process. Rather than hiring engineers to handle the entire product development process on their own, clients work closely with engineers to come up with the best solutions for their customer bases. It’s a perfect marriage of marketable ideas and innovative engineering.
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CNC machining techniques allow creators to build products with a high degree of accuracy and detail. Using computer numerical control software, teamed with cutting implements and tools, enables these developers to limit the risk of human error in their designs, and create a highly sophisticated process that yields the best result. However, this isn't just one single method. It's an umbrella term that refers to a whole host of other techniques. Choosing the right one is a matter of understanding
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Tolerances can make or break the manufacturing process. When you choose the right tolerances for your product, the manufacturing phase often runs incredibly smoothly and produces a high-quality end result. But if you don’t know how to choose tolerances, this process may not go according to plan.
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How much manufacturers charge will be influenced by a lot of things—many of which are difficult to predict. As a result, it's not unheard of for a new entrepreneur to get vastly different quotes from one company to another. While it may be tempting to go with the lowest, this is a mistake that can lead to scope creep later that makes a project unsustainable.
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When you set out to fabricate a new product, one of the first steps is to figure out what types of fabrication materials to use. However, this is often more complicated than it sounds. For one thing, there are many different types of materials on the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
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There are many benefits to contract manufacturing outsourcing, but that doesn’t make it the best solution for everyone. In some cases, it may be better to keep the majority of implementation in-house—but even then, outsourcing is still going to touch the business in some way. The real deciding factor isn’t whether it was the right move in the first place—it is more about whether the entrepreneur chose the right firm.
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In times of uneasiness and confusion, employees look to their leaders for guidance and support. But how can leaders build a positive workplace culture under external pressure? Pacific Research Labs CEO Norine Martinsen has some sound advice for companies who want to show more support for their valued employees, particularly when stress levels rise.
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3D printing is often thought of as part of the tech sector and overlooked for its incredible versatility. Taking a look at the history of 3D printing in medicine proves that it’s not something strictly relegated to the technology industry. It’s making the lives of medical providers and patients easier and it’s been doing so for much longer than most people realize.
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