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The product development process is a challenging one. There are hundreds of decisions to turn inspiration into a manufacturable product. To get it right the first time you need the right combination of expertise and experience. Explore the Design 1st blog to learn what you need to know to develop successful products right the first time.

The 6 Types of Prototyping Every New Product Must Do

Building a hardware product prototype is a critical element in any product design lifecycle.  Prototypes provide early market feedback as to whether a product has the potential to lead a market segment, gives you early insight into necessary design changes, and helps teams minimize risk at every stage of the product development lifecycle.  Done right, prototyping helps remove design risks and leads to successful product outcomes.  Here are the 6 types of prototypes every successful physical product design goes through: Concept Sketch Prototype Bench Model Prototype Fully Functional Rapid Prototype […]
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Get ready for Battlebots 2022

Battlebots is a battle of wits, engineering talent, design prowess - and of course carnage! The 2022 season is about to be underway and Design 1st is excited to participate by supporting Team Lucky - a fierce Battlebot competitor for the past several years. The new 2021 Battlebot season 6 will feature over 100 robots and was filmed live in Las Vegas, Aug 23 - Sept 4. The season will air on Discovery Channel starting January 6, 2022. To get ready for Season 6, we have put together some common […]
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10 Trends Impacting Wearable Product Development

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving demand for wearable products across multiple industries. As an example, in the healthcare industry, more patients struggle to access traditional face-to-face medical care and wearable healthcare devices are bridging the gap between patients, families, and medical professionals. To meet wearable device demand, companies are rushing to develop new wearable devices and modify existing device designs. Product design companies like Design 1st are on the receiving end, helping clients scale their capabilities and navigate the new challenges of bringing wearable devices to market. During a recent […]
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Top 5 Manufacturing Reasons Hardware Companies Fail

Having worked with thousands of inventors, hardware startups, and large corporations over the course of 30 years, you can say at Design 1st that we’ve seen it all. We love to see our customers succeed but we have also witnessed many disappointments due to manufacturing missteps. The reasons differ from company to company, but certain themes always come up. Below is a list of common reasons we see new hardware products fail. Creating a design that cannot be manufactured Making the wrong type of prototype Failing to control the Product […]
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Three Stages of Prototyping for Any New Product Idea

Building a prototypes is critical to successful product development. To do it right, you need a process to build, test, and iterate with multiple prototypes. At Design 1st, we have three major stages of prototyping new products including: Looks-Like Prototype Works-Like Prototype Tests-Like Prototype By understanding each of these major prototype stages you will be able to set realistic goals for your product development and discover cost-savings along the way.
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How much do prototypes cost?

Prototype costs can range from a $100 to upwards of $30,000 for high fidelity connected devices.   Video: Reasons why we prototype One of the most common questions we get is how much does a prototype cost to make? This is a tricky question, as prototypes can be free or cost upwards of $100,000. It all depends on why you want a prototype.   So, why do YOU want a prototype?   If you ask any of the recent people we talk to, many will have a different answer. Some […]
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