This is Zena, a spirited dog who found herself going through a bit of a rough patch in late 2016. This is the story about Zena’s struggles, the people who worked together to get her back on track, and how 3D printing technology helped them along the way.
Thanks to Jason Post of Aire Plastics for this week's guest post. If you're ready to share your big product idea with the world and are ready to chat with a manufacturer, give Jason a call to get connected with the Aire Plastics Team.
Finding and working with a manufacturer is not easy when you are just starting out. You may call, send Requests for Quotes (RFQs), and e-mail people, and get nothing but cri-cri-cri-crickets. As with anything in life, persistence is the key, but by following a few tips I’ll show you here, you will be able to develop relationships with manufacturers early on and find the one that’s right for your project.
Over the last several years I’ve had the privilege of working with a bunch of individual inventors, helping them refine their product ideas, iterate through prototypes, and consult through the manufacturing process. I’ve come to the realization that the bulk of the inventors I’ve worked with have had one thing in common: when they came to see me it was their first foray through the product development process. They probably could have used a roadmap which lays out the typical steps to follow through the process. Thus, for the benefit of my future clients, I’ve laid out the high-level steps that the typical product must go through prior to releasing the product to market.
When my buddy Kyle approached me late last year about designing an engagement ring for him and his (hopefully) soon to be fiancé, I pretty much had to say “I do”. I realize that sounds like an odd answer to the question, “Will you design an engagement ring for Susan?”, but the way he asked it was more like, “Do you solemnly swear to design this ring with enthusiasm, integrity, and love, for as long as we both shall live?” I wish I was making this up to just make this article sound more “wedding-y”, but I’m not. Kyle is just REALLY into weddings. So, after a brief awkward silence, I said “yes”.
Throughout 2015 my printing workload consistently increased enough to justify adding to DiFi's fleet of 3D printers in preparation for the new year. Thus began my week long obsession with trying to find the perfect printer. NEWS FLASH: there is no perfect printer out there so don't make the same mistake I did, spending the bulk of your waking hours scouring Amazon reviews in your underpants looking for that one golden fabricator. So close your laptop, put on some pants, and just start by listing your top care-abouts when looking for a new printer.