You may need product development assistance. Inventing a new product requires many different skills. Some of them you may have, some of them may need some work and some of the skills you might not have a clue about. Many inventors put product development in the last category.
Unless you are an engineer or have some experience as a craftsman you will probably need some product development assistance when the time is right. Remember that in most cases this is not step one in the invention process. You will want to evaluate your idea and do a patent search before embarking on the development phase.
Before we get into where to go to get product development assistance I want to cover what product development is and why it is important. There are many reasons why product development is critical to the invention process:
So now that we have shown the value in new product development lets cover where you can get some assistance for your invention.
There are many product development companies out there that have no regard for the actual needs of inventors. Most of them want to sell you their high priced services that were designed for large corporations like Black and Decker or Charbroil.
There are several problems with these types of companies. The first is the cost. Most of these firms will not do anything for less than $5000 and they really want to charge you $6000-$12,000. What this means is that you end up getting tons of overpriced services that you don't need when you are starting out and may not even need at all. What I have found in working with these companies is that the services they offer do not work for inventors.
When you have a limited budget and you are not sure about the viability of a new idea, it does not make sense to spend $8k for a rendering and virtual prototype.
What most inventors need is a less expensive way to flush out their idea and get to a physical prototype. Some places to look for help include:
If you are having trouble in this area and need product development assistance with your idea contact us and we will point you in the right direction.
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