Manufacturing A New Product from an Invention

The difference between an idea and a product is manufacturing. A great idea makes no money until it is produced and sold in multiple units. Understanding the options of how your idea can be manufactured can put additional money in your pocket. The knowledge can make it easier to license your idea. It can enable you to get a higher royalty. It is invaluable for finding investors. As your idea is engineered for manufacturing, you may find new ways to patent and protect it. Finally, knowing the manufacturing process for your invention can help you increase your idea's chances for market success.

Manufacturing encompasses a wide range of processes and technologies. For something simple like a knit hat, you may find yourself looking into sources for 1) wool, 2) spinning the wool into yarn, 3) knitting the yarn into hats, 4) labels that are sewn into the hats, 5) material for hang cards that is 6) printed and cut and attached to the hats and tell their story, 7) sources for bags to protect the hats individually, 8) cartons for shipping hats to customers and 9) shipping labels to attach to the cartons. That’s nine sources for one of the most simple products there is. If your product is a cell phone your suppliers (and the suppliers of your suppliers) will number in the hundreds.

In manufacturing any product you have choices on materials and how to make it. Your choices will be a reflection of your target market and the price points you are trying to reach. Many of the new rapid prototyping/3D printing technologies are great for high end, custom manufacturing. At the high end there’s a lot of room for hand work too. If your invention is a mass market consumer product automated processes will be needed.

One of the huge benefits of working with professional industrial designers is that they can guide you through the many choices and tradeoffs that must be made. When choosing an industrial designer be sure that the one you select has recent experience with products similar to yours. New materials and new processes become available all the time and some may be especially relevant to your invention idea. If you speak to manufacturing sources yourself (a fantastic way to learn) be aware that they will look at your product from the perspective of the kinds of solutions they offer: to a hammer everything looks like a nail.

Successful inventing requires more than thinking up a novel, useful and patentable new product. The new product needs to be manufactured and sold at a price people will pay. Quality matters too. One of the best ways to make money as an inventor is to invent ways to reduce the cost and improve the quality of an existing product that has already been proven.

Manufacturing Processes Manufacturing processes can be broken down into the following broad categories:

  • 3D Printing - Metals, Plastics. A computer model is rendered into a physical model. Many different methods.
  • Casting - Metals, Plastics, Waxes and Foods. Liquids fill a mold shape and become solid.
  • Stamping - Metals are punched and stretched into shapes that fill a die block (often progressively).
  • Rolling - Metals, Foods. Thicker sheets of materials are rolled into thinner sheets.
  • Forging - Metals. Hot metals are hammered into shapes.
  • Molding - Metals, Plastics, Foods. Liquid or soft materials are pushed or pressurized into into molds and hardened.
  • Extruding - Metals, Plastics, Foods. Soft materials are pushed through a shape and hardened.
  • Machining - Metals, Plastics, Wood. Creating shapes by removing material.
  • Cutting - All Materials. Cutting a larger piece into smaller pieces. Many different cutting techniques from sawing to water jets and lasers.
  • Joining. All materials. Fusing, welding, gluing, press-fitting, co-molding, riveting, sewing, screwing, bolting.
  • Finishing. All Materials. Heat treating, grinding, plating, anodizing, passivating, electrocoating, polishing, painting.

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Manufacturing Your Idea - Invention City Article - Things to know as you move from prototype to production.

Manufacturing Resources

  • Quality Trade - Find quality certified manufacturers and parts suppliers in wide range of categories
  • - Find products and parts from sources primarily in Asia.
  • ThomasNet - Comprehensive listings of manufacturers and related service providers.
  • - Locate manufacturers in the U.S, Asia, Europe and around the world. Search by product or by country.
  • Job Shop Network - Find short-run manufacturers.
  • MacRae's Blue Book - Find components and service providers.

Inventor-Friendly Manufacturers

  • MultiFab fabricates plastic parts, from museum quality display cases and machine guards to plexiglass boat windshields. Located in Boston, with engineering, design and CNC routing capabilities, the company has been supplying quality products and service to satisfied customers since 1987. Phone: 617-287-1411 E-mail:
  • RSP Inc is a full service turnkey contract manufacturer experienced in taking designs and prototypes from start up to mass production. RSP factories in the US & China offer high quality manufacturing and assembly for clients large and small. Contact Mike Ryan to discuss your project via phone: 414-546-4417 ext 101; email:
  • Miles Fiberglass - Produces a variety of products using open molding, vacuum bagging, press molding, and resin transfer molding (RTM) processes. Designs, develops and produces original manufactured products. Finds composite solutions for new inventions visit
  • Akro-Plastics/Rotationally Molded Plastic Products - Provides design support, engineering, custom colors, molded-in parts and graphics (metal & plastic inserts, locking hinging), spin welding, post molded graphics, 5-axis CNC trimming, complete assembly, packaging. Metal castings.
  • Kroesen Tool - Quality stamped parts. In house die building, laser cutting and custom machining. "Turn key" services - visit

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There are companies such as Brecher Prototyping that help from prototyping until manufacturing.

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New Idea for an existing Game

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I know some of you are looking for manufacturers or someone to help with prototyping. Just a thought. One reason it's tough to find someone willing to help you is because you are just a person with an idea. Ideas are free, it's the business execution and distribution plan that makes your idea worth investing in. (Or in their case, investing time). So rather than tell people about your idea and how green you are. Tell them what your distribution plan is and how you plan to be able to move however many hundreds of thousands of them. If you don't have that plan, take a step back and ask yourself if you really should be pursuing the invention. I do freelance product development and manufacturing sourcing as a business. People like us are very very busy people. It's not uncommon for us to take a chance on someone and hope that with our help in refining your product and finding a manufacturer for it. That you will be able to focus your time on the business side. But admittedly, it ends in a huge waste of everyone's time because the person behind the invention never had the ability to take the product to beyond selling retail on a website. Hope that doesn't sound too callous. But it is the truth. If you have a great idea, start doing your research into the market, distribution plan, prices, competition, etc. If you do have a plan, let me know. If I agree with you and have confidence you can actually make the product big. Then I may do all the development and sourcing and importing and logistics and packaging for a royalty on the back end. If you don't have a plan, I might still be able to answer manufacturing questions and give some pointers. I like to watch people succeed. And too often people fail because of something simple that had someone who knows told them at the beginning, the direction could have changed to a winner. info at part distribution (One word) dot com

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by: Juan Martinez

I'm an engineer, designer and manufacturer

So many people with so many ideas but no contact info. There are a lot of people with no investment money. That's understandable. However, producing a product from an idea costs money. As a product developer, I expect "the idea person" to have enough faith in their idea that they are willing to invest their own money. Don't expect a significant percentage of profits if you are bringing $0 to the table. Finally, if you're trying to sell yourself (your idea), use proper grammar and spell check. You will be taken more seriously. Good luck!

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Inventor: Domingo R Bonilla

I'm looking for a manufacturing company that can build a prototype and develop my invention and help me with the Financial to continue with my project, because I don`t have any money to develop now, the university market analysis, the potential market value, the market acceptance factors, the social factors, the demand analysis factors and the competitive factors and business risk factors and all evaluation according Patent Service Company from Miami Florida. This product have patent pending and very strong acquisition in all evaluation and the production will make millions in production and good profit in the electronic device industrial . Please contact me Venture investor or angel investor. Thank you. Domingo R Bonilla, Inventor


Chris Chase

To Manufacturing Representatives: I have invented and patented a tool system that eliminates the need for ladders in many instances. It literally is "Ladder Free Technology." It requires no skill to operate, and empowers operators to install decorative hooks, hardware, and party decorations on any wall or ceiling without ever setting foot on dangerous ladders or step stools. This technology simply did not exist until I invented it, and we are currently developing additional patents to occupy every possible permutation. However, my Mechanical Engineer believes the current art is the only truly viable design. We have introduced a starter kit to several focus groups and the system is enormously popular with young professionals; particularly single women living in apartments. A starter kit contains everything an apartment dweller or home owner would need to decorate and install anything on their ceilings and walls, and it could fit in a candy box. We have demonstrated the system to several major north American tool distributors at the National Hardware Show, and they were out of their seats when I installed swag hooks and eye bolts without a ladder - in just seconds... I have well developed SL prototypes that are fully functional, and the system is non-durable. The retail designs could be Injection molded or investment casted. Additionally, it is an infinitely expandable and scalable system. Ladder falls cause approximately 113 deaths and 15,000 serious injuries each year. My tool system will dramatically reduce those numbers, and its use could eventually be mandated by insurers in some instances. I am seeking a basic licensing agreement with upfront compensation for my efforts to date. I am also very willing to work on a contract basis with the licensee to insure the system's success. My tool system is not a gimmick. It is a well-developed tool system that works incredibly well. It has never been marketed or sold. I am a Product Developer, I.T. professional, and Licensed Electrical Contractor. I hold degrees in those fields and have decades of manufacturing, construction, I.T., and marketing experience. Finally, I have had a full team of professionals supporting this project from the beginning. Your company could be the one (in partnership with us) to introduce "Ladder Free Technology" to the world. I look forward to meeting with you. Regards, Christian Chase

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