Are the complexities of your product and its production overwhelming you? I want you to remember that some of the most ingenious products are simple: they’re ingenious because they improve people’s lives without being expensive, inconvenient, or highly complicated. If you’re becoming consumed by the intricacies of your invention, stop and critically analyze. Is there a simpler way to go about what you’re trying to achieve? Is there a way to simplify your product? Is there an easier way to produce it?
But before you become too dismayed, also realize that producing your ideas is getting cheaper than ever. What do I mean? For example, 3D printing machines. Have you considered using one to manufacture a part? This technology allows you to literally print a piece of your prototype like you would a piece of paper. An inventor can create a part on their computer in a CAD program and then email it to a 3D printing service provider and receive the part the next day via Fed Ex. Fabulous. Additionally, finding people to hire to help work on your product has been made cheaper through the Internet. It’s possible to contract someone in Russia or India to make your sales sheet for less than you would pay someone in the United States.
So, in essence, this blog is two-fold. Remember that simplicity is desirable – for both you and your consumers. And finally, do rely on cheaper methods to produce your own product.
And finally, I want to share an article with you that inspired me. If inventing new products is truly about meeting people’s needs, then we cannot forget how many immediate needs aren’t being met. If you want to learn more about what I mean, I encourage you to read the following article. A medical lab on a dime sized sheet of paper? Now that’s progress.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight,
a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas
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