Make It Happen
Once you have done your research, commercial evaluation, possibly a few Frankenstein prototypes and maybe some confidential focus groups, it is time to start Making It Happen.
If you are handy, you may already know how to make your own CAD drawings and real prototypes but most inventors cannot. Even if you are handy, sometimes it pays to bring in a pro who can tweak your design to make it more appealing or save you money by making it easier to manufacture. If you really want to Make It Happen you will need to begin hiring professionals to bring your project home.
Matthew Bordy of Prototype House www.prototypehouse.com is the type of expert who can Make It Happen for you. He has created products for large businesses as well as successful independent inventors that we actually know. Through his company, he also has connections to all the other services you may need such as patent attorneys, marketing people, website designers, etc., so he is able to offer a type of one stop shop.
His presentation will be a step by step guide to Making It Happen, giving tips on design, engineering, prototyping, on and on. So why would he give you all this information? Well, the more you can do yourself, the better you can visualize your end result a head of time, the easier it is for him to add his secret sauce and pull it all together. The easier it is for him the less it will cost you and the happier you will be. Happy customers bring in more happy customers and the happier he will be.
Too many inventors think that when it comes time to hire professional help, they will offer the service provider a portion of the profits from their invention. This NEVER works because the actual percentage of products that make a profit is so small that the risk is too great. Every service provider I know has a story where they thought that this project was a no brainer and it failed. If you are lucky enough to find one who will work n spec, you will be the last one on their to do list and probably never see the end result.