What good is a product idea without a prototype? And what good is a prototype if its quality is questionable?
These are the questions people with ideas often ask themselves after they’ve decided to do business with an overseas manufacturer, where attention to detail is an afterthought and reconciling problems is problematic if not impossible.
They ship their ideas overseas in search of lower prices or a manufacturer willing to work a small run, and they end up with an inferior prototype or product.
They usually wind up wondering why they didn’t work with a manufacturer in the United States—and how you go about finding a U.S. manufacturer to make your prototype idea in the first place.
There are two answers to the questions.
First, most people erroneously believe that China or another country is the place to go for manufacturing, when, in fact, the U.S. is still the international leader with 22 percent of the share (compared to 16 percent for China), according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
Second, finding a U.S. manufacturer to make your prototype involves three steps:
In addition to these ideas, you can contact PDS to find out if it’s right partner for your project.