Dear Fellow Entrepreneurs:
I have invented a product in the consumer space. It is battery-powered and would be the kind of thing one would find in a store like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, Fry's or Walmart (in the U.S.).
Currently it is a schematic, a PCB, and a prototype in which the components are strung together. It needs two things to be commercialized:
1) The components need to be fitted into a plastic case. It would likely be about 10" x 4" in US units. This is an industrial design job;
2) Then it needs to be manufactured. First in batches of 100, then 1000, and maybe higher. While the batches are small I plan to have it manufactured in the USA, near where I live (north Texas) so that I can "sleep on the factory floor" while the initial units are made. When batches become larger, I will investigate offshore manufacturing (and sleep on their factory floors).
Questions: Item 1 (above). What is the name of the type of company that does this design? I.e., what term would I Google? My searches on e.g. "product designers" come up with too general a sample of results. I have a hunch that there is a 'term of art' for what I want and don't know what it is.
Item 2 (above): Similarly, what am I looking for here? The firm must be able to fabricate a plastic case. Fittings. Electrical connectors, cables, etc. And pack it for consumer sale (I will supply the box design).
Obviously it would be more helpful if I gave an exact description of what the product does -- but I can't.
You need a CM - Contract Manufacturer. If you need some referrals, just send me an email.
Like Steve said, search for contract manufacturing. there are few in Richardson area.
Andrew, I am an industrial designer, manufacturing engineer, and fellow entrepreneur. My venture designs consumer and enterprise class products, and licences them to brands or manufacturers. i.e. we do product strategy, industrial design, experience design (including digital/ voice UX), manufacturing engineering, prototyping and liaison with contract manufacturers till ramp up to production. This frees the partner venture to focus on their core tech and/or branding and distribution. We're active in (random examples)
Depending on how mature your current development is, you could engage with a design firm or speak to a contract manufacturer/ moulder directly. I know mould manufacturers and moulders who can do close toleranced, high volume moulding for consumer brands (Ikea/ toys) in India, Taiwan and China.
The only hitch of course is that we no longer have a studio in the US, and are present only in India. You should be able to find similar resources in the US. Most of the moulders we have engaged with in the US over the past 20 years, have become specialised in higher value engineering grade work in Medical, auto, pharma, solar and high tech. I can write to a couple and check for their interest.
I have used MFG.com to find contract mfgs in the US before. They don't necessarily fit my specific brand of finding suppliers, so have not actually used any of the manufacturers I found on their site. Not their fault, my niche is just unique. But can say they are a good company and might be a good fit for you.
There are quite a few options here in the DFW area for what you're looking for ... from PCB prototyping to volume assembly and manufacturing. As others have mentioned, searching for Contract Manufacturing can help. To drill down to your specific needs, you may also want to look for 'Electronics Contract Manufacturing' and 'Electronics Assembly'.
Here are a couple of local options for you: https://www.crassembly.com/ and http://www.ptiassembly.com/
@Ray: Thanks! In this case the city is Dallas Fort Worth.
@Steve Owen: Thanks. I just sent you an Inmail on LinkedIn.
@All : To anybody who has been to Houstex
Is this a worthwhile place to go to find a contract manufacturer?