A Step-By-Step Guide for New Product Development: Bringing Your Ideas to Life with Delaney Manufacturing

The Ultimate New Product Development Guide

Have you conceptualized a groundbreaking idea and are now wondering how to transform it into a tangible product? Delaney Manufacturing, an industry stalwart with over 50 years of experience in plastic parts manufacturing, is your ultimate partner in navigating this exciting journey. This step-by-step guide will empower you to harness Delaney Manufacturing’s expertise in plastic injection molding and an array of other services to breathe life into your idea.

In This Guide:

Step 1: Understand Your New Product Idea's Application

Before you embark on the path to manufacturing, it’s imperative to have a firm grasp on the cosmetic, dimensional, functional, and environmental requirements of your part or new product idea. Understanding these requirements is crucial as they influence the design and material selection.

Step 2: Material Selection and Consultation

Delaney Manufacturing excels in helping you select the most appropriate material for your new product idea, based on your defined requirements. The material selection is vital, as different materials have varied properties and design constraints. Engage in a consultation with Delaney’s experts for bespoke advice on materials that will ensure your new product’s functionality and durability.

Step 3: CAD Design Creation

The creation of a 3D CAD design is an essential step. Delaney Manufacturing’s professional CAD Design services are tailored to help you visualize and refine your new product design. The CAD file is not only a visual representation but a vital component for programming the machines that will build your mold.

Step 4: Prototyping

Test and validate your design by creating a prototype. Delaney Manufacturing offers cutting-edge 3D printing services, enabling you to have a physical model of your new product. This stage is crucial for analyzing design functionality, gathering feedback, and making necessary adjustments.

Step 5: Request a Quote

With a refined design and prototype, it’s time to request a quote for the mold and the manufacturing of your plastic parts. Delaney Manufacturing can provide a detailed mold quote based on your CAD file. This quote is pivotal in understanding the investment required to move forward.

Step 6: Down Payment and Scheduling

Standard practice requires a down payment, which is essential for covering the costs incurred in the initial phase of mold building. Delaney’s terms are transparent and structured to protect both parties throughout the process.

Step 7: Collaborative Design Review

This stage involves a collaborative meeting with Delaney’s team, including mold makers, material suppliers, and other pertinent parties. The objective is to ensure that your new product design is in harmony with the mold design, and to establish a timeline for production.

Step 8: Mold Construction and Design Modifications

Delaney Manufacturing’s expertise comes to the fore in mold construction. If any questions or design changes arise during this phase, Delaney’s team collaborates closely with you to make the necessary amendments to the CAD file and drawings.

Step 9: Testing and Mold Modification

Delaney conducts thorough mold testing to ensure that it can produce parts meeting your expectations. If any modifications are necessary after initial testing, the Delaney team provides you with a detailed quote for modifications and additional testing.

Step 10: Part Approval and Quality Standards

Once the mold is finalized, you will approve the part for production. Delaney Manufacturing then establishes quality standards and documents work instructions to ensure that your plastic parts are manufactured to perfection.

Step 11: Production and Fulfillment

With all the preparatory steps complete, Delaney Manufacturing begins production. Their efficiency extends beyond manufacturing, as they also offer product assembly, retail packaging, and direct shipping to distributors or retail outlets.

Step 12: Ongoing Partnership

As your new product hits the market, Delaney Manufacturing remains a committed partner, ready to support any further developments or adjustments. Their dedication to superior customer service ensures that as your new product evolves or as market demands change, Delaney is there to provide the expertise and manufacturing capabilities needed to keep your new product competitive and high-quality.

Step 13: Scaling and Reordering

Once your new product gains traction in the market, you might need to scale up production or make repeat orders. Delaney Manufacturing’s flexibility with no minimums or maximums ensures that whether you need ten parts or millions, they can accommodate your requirements and scale as your business grows.

Step 14: Expanding the Product Line

With the success of your new product, you might consider expanding your product line. Delaney’s broad range of experience in plastic injection molding across various industries such as consumer goods, medical applications, and military products makes them an ideal partner for diversification and expansion of your product portfolio.

Step 15: Continuous Improvement and Feedback Loop

Engage in a continuous feedback loop with Delaney Manufacturing for the ongoing improvement of your new product. Their decades of experience combined with modern equipment positions them uniquely to provide insights and suggestions on optimizing design, materials, and manufacturing processes for cost efficiency and product excellence.


Embarking on the journey from a concept to a tangible new product is both exhilarating and challenging. By partnering with Delaney Manufacturing, a leader in plastic parts manufacturing, you gain access to an experienced and dedicated team that is committed to making each step of this journey seamless and rewarding. Through thorough understanding, meticulous design, prototyping, and efficient production processes, Delaney Manufacturing ensures that your ideas are realized to their fullest potential. Your ideas, coupled with Delaney’s expertise, are the ingredients for a successful and innovative new product.

FAQ for New Product Development

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.

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.

Yes. We don’t stay in business by stealing ideas. Find our Unilateral Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) here. It’s signed by us and ready to download for your files.

Because it’s a great way to build our manufacturing base. Our goal is to be your manufacturer. 

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.

No. Many of the people we work with are first time product creators. The process is not as difficult as you might think.

No. The steps you have taken are great, but not enough. We strongly recommend you hire a professional to do a Patent Search. You do not want to spend a lot of time and money on your idea only to find out later someone already has a patent on it.

No. We are not professionals in that field, but we can refer you to companies we trust.

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.

Once we understand your project, we can give you a timeline based on our experience.

Yes. We are not an engineering firm, but we can offer suggestions based on our experience in manufacturing.

No, but we may be able to help you with your CAD drawings and prototypes and assist you in finding other sources.

Yes. There are plastics on the market today for almost any application. 

  • ABS
  • Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • Polycarbonate
  • Plystyrene
  • PMMA
  • PU
  • PET
  • PLA
  • PEEK
  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
  • PTFE

Yes. We have experience with a wide range of plastics and consult regularly with plastics engineers regarding specific requirements and applications.   

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.

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.


Nothing. We can help you take your concept and move it forward.

Yes. As long as we can understand what you’re idea is, we can work from there.

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.

Yes. We can make you a prototype using a 3-D printing process, along with off-the-shelf or custom components.

Computer-aided design (CAD), also known as computer-aided drafting (CAD) is the use of computers to assist in the creation of a design.

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.

We can probably use them to get an understanding of your product, but unless you are skilled at designing parts for manufacture, they will most likley have to be done again. We often get CAD drawings from inventors, and large companies. The parts may LOOK good but often are impossible to be made as designed.

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.

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.

Yes. We are here to help you regardless of where you are in your project.

Yes. Selling your new product is the hardest step in the process. You may have the best idea ever, but without a solid marketing plan it will probably fail.

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.

There are pros and cons of dealing with offshore companies and brokers. We can advise you on the benefits and pitfalls.  

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.

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.

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We do it all in-house

Have you got a great idea and are now wondering how to transform it into a tangible product? Delaney Manufacturing is your ultimate partner in navigating this exciting journey. Delaney Manufacturing’s expertise in new product development along with an array of other services can help you breathe life into your new product ideas.

Complete Product Development​

We can help you take your project every step of the way, from concept to shipping the finished product to Distributors. Use us for every step, or just the ones you need help with.


Drawn for the Injection Molding process


Rapid Prototyping in days, not weeks


Short runs or high volume


Component and Product Assembly


For the retail or wholesale market


Directly to your distribution center

We have a network of resources in the following fields:

Photo-Realistic Still Renderings and Animations

Using your CAD Drawings, we can create stunning three dimensional images of your new product. Still renderings are great for print media, advertisements, and more.

Photo-Realistic Animations can really bring your new product to life! They are useful in marketing your new product, attracting investors, licensees, or buyers.

An Animation can demonstrate exactly how your new product works, what it does, and showcase all its benefits.

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Our team at Delaney Manufacturing in Sarasota, FL will meticulously evaluate the information you submit. Should we need further clarification or if we believe additional details are necessary, we’ll reach out to ensure nothing is overlooked. We are also here to share our insights, and might propose alternative solutions if they align better with your objectives or budget. Upon thorough analysis, we’ll craft a detailed quote, which will encompass costs, lead times, and our terms and conditions.

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