Understanding your Opportunity

Your first step into product development starts with identifying an opportunity. Seeing this gap in the market, the innovation in waiting, that is why you’re here. Having the passion to act on it is what makes you an entrepreneur. At a high level, it is helpful to understand the type of opportunity you’re pursuing. This…

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3D Printing Overview

Overview 3D Printing has revolutionized how we approach prototyping and product development. This additive process is perfect for hard to manufacture geometry and quick, iterative prototyping. You start with nothing and add material to create your object. As the industry has progressed, many types of printing technologies have emerged, such as stereolithography, multijet fusion, polyjet,…

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Prototyping Processes

Every prototype you build should start by questioning “What is its purpose?” You can use that to select the best way to fabricate it, balancing cost, quality, and speed. At Touchstone 3D, we have a long history of prototype design and fabrication, and can help you get the right prototype at the right time. When…

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Product Development Terms

Like any other industry, product development uses common phrases, terms, roles, and acronyms. To help you get up to speed, we’ll run through some of the most common ones here. Project Management Project Manager A project manager is responsible for the overall execution of a project and client satisfaction. They manage the client interaction, product…

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Choosing a Product Design Firm

If you’ve decided to hire a product design firm, you may be wondering how to choose between them when there are so many options. We’ll ask a series of questions below to help give you some criteria to base your decision on. Cultural Fit & Trust You’re taking a big risk with this venture, and…

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Making a Plan

You’ve come up with your idea, created your business, and now you’re ready to get started. You need to make a plan to get your idea designed into a product and on a path to commercialization. This includes areas such as design, marketing, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, fundraising, and more. We’ve posted our…

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Forming a Business

What type of business is right for you? You should ultimately recruit the services of a business attorney to help you decide how to form your business, but we’ve outlined some of the types of businesses we’ve seen in the past to help get you started.   We are not attorneys, tax advisors, or accountants, so…

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