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Understanding the Prototype to Production Process

Knowing how your potential manufacturing partner takes a product from prototype to production is crucial before making a commitment. The journey involves several key stages designed to ensure quality, efficiency, and alignment with your requirements.

Initially, you’ll engage in detailed discussions to outline your expectations for a product you’ve designed. This is followed by the prototyping phase, where your manufacturer will create and test mock-up versions of your product. Once you approve the prototype, pilot production is the next step – this is where your manufacturer will refine their methods and address any issues. After you and your manufacturer are satisfied with the pilot and overall process, you can launch a full-scale production with continuous quality control and communication.

Let’s explore each aspect of prototype to production in more detail so you know exactly what to look for when choosing a manufacturing partner.

Product Design & Discussion

The prototype to production process begins with in-depth discussions about your product’s design, specifications, requirements, and expectations. During this phase, you’ll share your vision, target market, desired features, and any specific constraints or standards your manufacturer should meet. Detailed design work follows, in which an engineer will transform your initial concepts into a precise blueprint.

Prototyping

Prototypes are essentially a “first draft” of your product – your manufacturer will use them to test production processes and the design’s performance and aesthetics. During this stage, you can identify any design flaws or production issues. It’s also a great opportunity to speak with other stakeholders, gather feedback, and make requested or required adjustments before progressing.

Pilot Production

Pilot production is critical for bridging gaps between prototyping and full-scale production. Your manufacturer will make a small batch of your product to further refine processes before full-scale production. It’s the ideal time to test production workflow, identify any inefficiencies, and ensure quality is up to par. You will also develop detailed plans for mass production, including finalizing supply chain logistics, scheduling production runs, and establishing quality assurance protocols.

Full-Scale Production

Once all of your company’s stakeholders and your manufacturer are satisfied with the results of pilot production, you can move on to a full-scale operation. Your manufacturer will implement the detailed production plan and deploy your rigorous quality assurance protocols in conjunction with their own. Once a product is in full-scale production, your team will also focus on meeting production targets and getting the products to market. You’ll involve packaging and logistics teams to get products delivered intact and on time.

Take Your Product from Prototype to Production with Ten X

With Ten X, you don’t have to coordinate with multiple vendors to take a product from prototype to production. We handle everything under one roof, making operations more efficient and affordable for your company.

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