FAQ for Inventors
Are you an “Inventors Help” company?
No. We’re a manufacturing company, but our business plan includes new product development. We can take a concept, create CAD drawings, produce a prototype, source tooling and manufacture the product, assemble it if needed, package it for the retail market or wholesale distribution, and drop ship directly to your customers. We do it all in-house.
Are you going to try and sell me an “Inventors Package” or something like that?
No. We won’t try to sell you anything. There are many steps necessary to get your idea ready for the marketplace. You tell us which steps you need help with.
Can I trust you with my ideas?
Yes. We don’t stay in business by stealing ideas. Scroll down to find our Unilateral Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). It's signed by us and ready to download for your files.
You’re a manufacturing company. Why do you work with inventors and people with new products?
Because it’s a great way to build our manufacturing base. Our goal is to be your manufacturer.
I’ve contacted other manufacturing companies but they won’t get back to me. Why is that?
Most manufacturing companies do not want to become involved in developing new products and do not have the necessary resources in place to move a project from conception to a finished product. We have built product development into our business model.
I’ve never had an invention manufactured before and don’t know the first thing about how to proceed. Should I be embarrassed to call you?
No. Many of the people we work with are first time inventors. The process is not as difficult as you might think.
I've looked in all the stores and searched the internet for a product like mine and can't find anything. I've even searched patents online and found nothing. Am I safe to move forward with my invention?
Can you do a Patent Search for me?
How much will it cost to manufacture my invention?
That question is impossible to answer until we have a better understanding of your project. Once we become familiar with your project, we can give you some general estimates based on our experience. As the process moves forward, we will be able to give you accurate quotes.
How long will it take to get my invention ready to sell?
Once we understand your project, we can give you a timeline based on our experience.
I know how I want my invention to work, but I don’t have it all figured out. Can you help with the design?
Yes. We are not an engineering firm, but we can offer suggestions based on our experience in manufacturing.
My invention won’t be made of plastic. Can you manufacture it for me?
No, but we may be able to help you with your CAD drawings and prototypes and assist you in finding other sources.
I’m not sure if my product can be made out of plastic. Can you help me?
Yes. There are plastics on the market today for almost any application.
I don’t know what kind of plastic my product needs to be made from. Can you help me with that?
Yes. We have experience with a wide range of plastics and consult regularly with plastics engineers regarding specific requirements and applications.
Why are Plastic Injection Molds expensive?
Injection Molds are expensive because they are extremely complex, must be designed by highly skilled people, built with extreme precision, and made with high quality materials in order to withstand the immense pressures involved.
It is not unusual for a high quality Injection Mold to produce millions, or tens of millions of parts during it's lifetime.
My idea will be made of plastic but will have some metal parts. Can you help me design and source the metal parts?
Yes. If you need custom components, we can design them and have them made by one of the many fabrication shops we use and trust. We can also help you source “off the shelf” components.
All I have is a concept I’ve been thinking about. What do I need before contacting you?
Nothing. We can help you take your concept and move it forward.
I’ve sketched my idea on paper. Is that enough to get started?
Yes. As long as we can understand what you’re idea is, we can work from there.
I have a hand built prototype, but it’s kind of crude. Can you work with that or do I need to make a better one?
What you have is probably fine. Along with your input, we should be able to create CAD drawings of exactly what you have in mind.
I made a prototype at home but I need something better to make sure of my design and to show investors and potential buyers. Can you make me a professional prototype?
Yes. We can make you a prototype using a 3-D printing process, along with off-the-shelf or custom components.
Someone told me I need CAD drawings. What are CAD drawings?
Computer-aided design (CAD), also known as computer-aided drafting (CAD) is the use of computers to assist in the creation of a design.
Do I need CAD drawings?
Yes. They will be needed for virtually every stage of your project. From prototyping to obtaining quotes for molds, estimating manufacturing costs, packaging design, and more.
I've created the CAD drawing myself. Can you use them?
Where can I go to get CAD drawings for my project?
We can create your CAD drawings in-house or you can search the internet for a design company. Drawing parts to be molded from plastic requires an in-depth knowledge of injection molding, so be sure the person you hire has the necessary experience.
If I have you create my CAD drawings, am I locked-in with your company going forward?
No. When your drawings are complete, we will supply you with electronic copies. You paid for them, they’re yours. If you want to stay with us going forward, it’s completely up to you.
Will you work with me even though I had someone else do my drawings?
Yes. We are here to help you regardless of where you are in your project.
My family and friends all tell me my idea is really great. I don't really need to worry about marketing do I?
Can you guarantee my new product will be successful?
No. No one can do that. If they do, be very sceptical. We do promise to help you move your project forward to the best of our ability. We always encourage our customers to thoroughly research market demand, and to have a good marketing plan BEFORE manufacturing their product.
Should I have my invention made in China?
There are pros and cons of dealing with offshore companies and brokers. We can advise you on the benefits and pitfalls.
I won’t need a ton of product to start. Can you make me enough to get started to see where it goes?
Yes. We can do small production runs. However, to get to the point of actually making a small production run is expensive. Be sure you have researched patents, market demand, and have a good marketing plan in place before spending a lot of money.
I don’t live close to you. Can we get started via phone and email or do I have to come and see you?
We can work together by phone, email, and video conferencing. Complex projects or ones that need a lot of development may benefit from face-to-face meetings, but we have completed many projects without ever meeting our customer in person.
My product will need to be assembled. Can you do that or do I have to find another source?
We can assemble components or your entire product.
Download our signed Unilateral Non-Disclosure Agreement for your records.
COMPLETE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Photo-Realistic Still Renderings and Animations
Using your CAD Drawings, we can create stunning three dimensional images of your product. Still renderings are great for print media, advertisements, and more.
Photo-Realistic Animations can really bring your product to life! They are useful in marketing your new product, attracting investors, licensees, or buyers.
An Animation can demonstrate exactly how your product works, what it does, and showcase all its benefits.