How much does it cost to develop a new product?
There are multiple steps to go through from the moment you conceive of the idea until you transform it into a fully-working product to generate revenue from sales. The cost of the new product varies depending on these below variables;
1. The brainstorming and intial design - compiling a collection of multiple ideas on the product itself, such as colors, textures, materials, shapes, features, and functions.
2. Prototyping - the product needs to be 3D modeled on a CAD system before prototyping can begin. The cost of this varies depending on the complexity of the design. Additionally, the product must be physically prototyped, because you want a fully-working model, not just simply a representation of what the product would look like.
3. Once the prototype is made and tested, you must source the raw materials for manufacture. The price of raw materials is a huge factor in the overall cost of developing the product.
4. Manfuacturing the product to a certain quality while hitting a quantity takes time and money. A manufacturing factory must have the correct tools and equipment to complete the manufacutring process.
All those parts of the process can cost considerably on your part. However, there is no standard pricing.
How much cheaper is it to manufacture in China?
China has been an attractive destination for manufacturing products in recent decades thanks to its low labour costs, technically skilled workforce and good infrastructure.
Depending on the product, local solutions can be more cost effective and even produced at a higher quality.
Issues to be concious of if you do decide to manufacture in China rather than domestically are;
- rising labour costs
- design and innovation skills shortages
- intellectual property protection
- quality control
- shipping costs
How do I reduce my product design costs?
A joint venture eases the financial burden to get a product to market, but, quite often, it does not happen, unless the product is overwhelmingly innovative and profitable. Many businesses outsource the manufacturing process overseas to save money, especially in countries where the labor cost is much lower than in the home country.
However, cheaper costs can lead to lower quality, so ensure you establish good communication and enforce proper quality control.
How can I protect my intellectual property (IP) ?
Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or knowledge. It is a way to protect your unique ideas, whether it's an invention, trade mark, process, design, or brand - your ideas are valid to be protected.
The most relevant type of IP to design is Trade Marks (logos or certain aspects of packaging or branding). A design right protects the overall visual appearance of new and distinctive products.
Tips for how to protect your Intellectual Property are:
1. Keep your idea confidential until it is protected
2. Document your processes to demonstrate the idea is yours
3. Register your IP
4. Avoid joint ownership or get strong non-disclosure agreements to cover your property
What information do I need to provide to Black Lab for my product to be manufactured?
Designers on our team need to know a few details about a potential product before they can begin the manufacutring process;
1. An overview of your challenge or requirement
2. Are toy trying to manufacture an exsisting part OR if you are looking to design a brand new product
3. What is the purpose of your product?
4. What environment will the product be used in?
5. Rough dimensions of the size of the product, or a sample of an exsisitng product similar to your new design
6. The quantity of units you are planning to get manufactured
This information will help us in the design process, and we can assist you to transform intial ideas into detailed sketches, CAD drawings, prototypes and a resolved final product.
What if I only need a small quantity of my product manufactured?
MOQ stands for “minimum order quantity”. It means the minimum quantity of items a manufacturer will accept for a production order.
Not all manufacturing business' have MOQ standards in place. This is dependable, but is common due to the costs assocaited with manufacturing.
With custom manufacturing, it can have a VERY big impact on price. In general, high quantities are available at a lower price per unit. Low quantities are available at a higher cost per unit. Because of this reasion, a big factory is not a good fit for a startup, or for a small product order.
What is product design?
A Product Designer, at it’s core, is a problem solver.
Product design is the process designers use to blend user needs with business goals to help brands make consistently successful products. The designers assist and manage the following processes;
- sketching and rendering
At Black Lab we design for manufacture - meaning our initial design process is forward thinking to how the product can be produced in volume further down the track.
What services do we provide at Black Lab?
Our team of talented industrial designers, metal fabricators, poweder coating specialists and project managers work closely together and collaborate with our suppliers and partners to deliver outstanding solutions for our clients.
What CAD system do we use?
CAD (computer-aided design) is mainly used for detailed engineering of 3D models or 2D drawings of physical, manufacturable products. We use Onshape as it allows multiple users to access and work on a single design concurrently using cloud computing.
Read more about our experience using Onshape
What factors can affect the manufacturing process?
The manufacturing process is a complex one that can be impacted by many factors: supplies, equipment, factory overhead, the need for special parts, and the people who work at all points in the process.
1. Supplies - a well-managed supply and inventory is very crucial in order to run manufacturing process smoothly. The manufacturers must brace themselves up and ready to overcome any unexpected delays in supplies due to weather or transportation hindrance.
2. Equipment - equipment’s are the central unit for any manufacturing business; regular maintenance and cleaning of machinery is of utmost necessity to avoid a breakdown in the middle of production.
3. Factory Overhead: Without power supply, manufacturing is not possible. Always keep plan B ready in case of temporary power cut down.
4. Special Parts: Before ordering any made to order parts, ensure it fits your timeline, especially if it is imported from long distance.
5. Work Force: Human resource is equally important and plays a major role in manufacturing processes. You must also consider human error.
What does an Industrial Designer do?
Industrial Designers plan, design, develop and document industrial, commercial or consumer products for manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic (human) factors, marketing considerations and manufacturability, and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass or batch production.
In what ways have Black Lab Design considered sustainability?
Our goal is to continually optimise our processes, whether in production or in testing.
Our main environmental challenge is energy efficiency. We work alongside our machinery suppliers like TRUMPF to collaboratively work out more energy efficient solutions in our manufacturing processes.
What makes Black Lab Design different?
We are constantly focusing on design excellence, agile production process and machinery capability to enable our team to design the most effectively and knowledgeably projects. Our aim is to always deliver a consistent, timely and cost effective solution.
BLACKLAB is all about building a culture and delivering value beyond just the finish product to our customers.
We encourage open collaboration and friendship between our own team and clients where we share knowledge, ideas and success.