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Commercial production of your invention Answered

Can anyone recommend resources for taking your invention/product to a commercial level, designing and having a nice finished product professionaly built?

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Patrik (author)2008-05-21

Hi unkl,

I just ran into a discussion regarding a company that used to advertise here in Instructables, offering services to turn ideas into commercial products. Sounds just like what you're looking for, so you may want to check them out. I know I've seen other companies offering similar services as well.

However, before you go that route, I think it's worth reading Eric's reality-check on these guys:

Davison and being an inventor

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unklstuart (author)Patrik2008-05-22

It's a great post with a lot of valuable comments. I think I am best off building a few myself. Thanks

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Patrik (author)unklstuart2008-05-23

Best of luck with that.

I've been thinking that integrating multiple color LEDs into a single design might be useful for drawing with light. Maybe something like a fatter version of the classical 4-color Bic pen...

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daveyandgolie (author)Patrik2008-06-01

I need someone to do some work-for-hire electronics design...can you help ? Good money for the right person.

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what did you have in mind?

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unklstuart (author)Patrik2008-05-23

KentKB built 3 colors into a 3 button mouse here: Sun three button RGB Light Doodler mouse}

I actually have a few promotional pens that have red, green and blue LEDs built into them which cycle through the colors with the press of one button. Here is one result

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-05-10

You could use Ponoko Depends on what you mean, like custum enclosure, custom electronics, what... Commercial, like walmart would carry it? Can you be a tiny bit more specif

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unklstuart (author)guyfrom7up2008-05-11

Specifically these light pens I designed. I would like to keep the cost down too. Ponoko looks interesting and easy.

https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Light-Drawing-Pens-Tools-for-drawing-light-do/

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guyfrom7up (author)unklstuart2008-05-11

well, again, what do you mean by commerical, like big thing, billions manufactured? OR just hundreds that you sell on a website or ebay or something? To make it simple you could make an automatic tube cutter, and stuff. I'm actually looking into mass producing some of my inventions this summer when my cnc machine is done. (I'm about 70% done)

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daveyandgolie (author)guyfrom7up2008-06-01

I need some electronics design work done on a current product for $. Interested ?

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guyfrom7up (author)daveyandgolie2008-06-01

we'll see, we'll see (I have to finish and make sure my CNC works first)

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daveyandgolie (author)guyfrom7up2008-06-01

well i have $ to spend for my work if you're interested

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unklstuart (author)guyfrom7up2008-05-11

I would start with a couple of hundred, but I don't want to build them myself from scratch like I did these. It would be nice to have them mass produced in a nice finished form, a plastic or aluminum tube with a reliable button. An alternative would be to buy the parts built to spec and assemble them myself.

The TV-Be-Gone people did it.

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daveyandgolie (author)unklstuart2008-06-01

I need some electronics design work done on a current product for $. Interested ?

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guyfrom7up (author)unklstuart2008-05-22

well, in order to make them at a reasonable price then I think you'll have to make them yourself. In a way you could make a one-man assembly line

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unklstuart (author)guyfrom7up2008-05-22

I believe you are right and this is probably the way I will go, if I find the right snap together parts. I do think they are out there. thanks

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-05-22

You gave the example of tv-be-gone...why don't you send them an email and ask what path they took?

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Yep, that is the next step.

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Kiteman (author)2008-05-11

Maybe Eric could help, what with his non-instructables businesses and all?

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-05-11

Help with advice, not making them for you.

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unklstuart (author)2008-05-11

Upon further investigation, Ponoko does laser cutting of flat materials. I am probably looking to build a tubular object with some electronics stuffed in it.

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