Resources on innovative prototyping, specialized product design,
and small-run contract manufacturing.

In this visual guide to the prototype to production process, we’ll help you understand all of the most crucial moments that have the greatest impact on your product, timeline, and bottom line. This isn’t a passive process. There are many steps you can take right now to ensure your prototyping and production runs as fluidly as possible.
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Every stage of new product development matters, from the design phase to prototyping and production. Even minor inefficiencies in any of these stages can lead to higher costs, wasted materials, market delays, and quality control issues. This is why it’s crucial to optimize all three stages of new product development.
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A poor design can create a domino effect that makes it impossible to manage even the smallest of production runs. Without considering manufacturing in design, the producer opens themselves up to a lot of mistakes, which could have been avoided if DFM was an original part of their process.
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Finding a contract manufacturer shouldn’t be stressful. In this detailed guide to the different types of contract manufacturing, we’ll clear up some common misconceptions about this process and give you all of the criteria you need to make an informed decision.
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Knowing how to estimate product development costs upfront can help you get a good idea of the feasibility of your overall project. When you’re trying to understand the costs of your design, it helps to look at them in stages, modeled after the various funding rounds in the investment cycle.
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This is why tolerances are important in manufacturing. Tolerances determine exactly how much room for error you have when you manufacture each part. When you appreciate the vital role that tolerances play in the manufacturing process, you’ll design higher quality products and make fewer costly manufacturing mistakes.
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Susan was relatively new to the invention process as well as mass-market manufacturing when she came to us with her idea. We collaborated with her to create a solution to a common pain point she discovered and learned a bit about the manufacturing process ourselves along the way.
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There are 10 advantages of contract manufacturing that are particularly helpful for businesses both large and small. When you hire a contract manufacturer that can do it all, you’ll effortlessly produce high-quality products that your customers will really value.
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The International Organization for Standardization 9000 is a family of criteria designed to help 160 countries develop basic, universal benchmarks for quality, safety, and efficiency in manufacturing. By establishing these principles, inventors and manufacturers can improve the end-user experience and reduce the risk of expensive recalls, while ensuring they create better overall products at the start. Following these ideals is a simple way to maximize quality control in product design right from the start of a project.
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Miller and Lippert at Pacific Research Labs
As a top contract manufacturer in Washington, Pacific Research Labs understands just how vital innovation is in every industry. For over 40 years, our locally-owned Vashon, Washington manufacturing company has led the charge on a number of important mechanical breakthroughs that have had a global impact.
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