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Published on February 24, 2014

Author: chenelaine



This presentation provides a quick overview on a typical hardware product development process, then goes on to show a photoessay of parts made via a variety of prototyping, low volume and high volume manufacturing processes.

Company Confidential Getting Stuff Made Elaine Chen StartIAP 2014 1 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Hardware Product Development Process 2 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Stuff we make as we move along the hardware product development process 3 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Duct Tape prototypes, aka Engineering Breadboards 4 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Vaporware 5 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Foamcore and foam 6 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential SLA, SLS, 3D Printing, Urethane cast 7 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential High cost metal fabrication processes 8 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Low cost metal fabrication processes 9 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Low cost plastic fabrication processes 10 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Paper and fabric 11 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential PCBs and cable harnesses 12 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Assembly and packout 13 © 2014 ConceptSpring

Company Confidential Example processes, costs, lead times Part Process Tooling Part cost Lead time Suitable for Plastic 3D Printing N/A Very high 2-3 days Prototyping Plastic SLA, SLS N/A Very high 2-3 days Prototyping Plastic Urethane cast Silicone mold from machined or SLA positive High 1-2 weeks Prototyping Plastic FirstCut by Protomold Moderate (<$5k) Medium 3-4 weeks Test marketing Plastic Injection molding High (usually > $5-10k) Low 3-4 months Mass production Metal Machining N/A Very high 4-6 weeks Prototyping and low run production Metal Die cast + post machining High ($75k+) Low 4-6 months Mass Production 14 © 2014 ConceptSpring

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