Duro Labs History
DuroLabs was initially an independent consulting business in San Francisco, California founded by Michael Corr in 2012. A year later he moved to Hong Kong to be closer to the contract manufacturers and suppliers in Shenzhen, China to support his customers more efficiently.
In the Summer of 2016, Michael expanded his consulting business to offer more resources and reference tools for his customers, which ultimately became this website, DuroLabs.co
DuroLabs is now based in Los Angeles, California - the largest manufacturing city in the US.
Manufacturing Is Hard
Through his responsibilities leading engineering teams and building embedded systems and hardware products, Michael recognized that manufacturing high quality products is hard. There's a lot of real-world experience required to understand the intricacies of what it takes to setup a reliable manufacturing line with high yields. This information is rarely taught in schools, and is often learned on the job through trial and error.
Having a mentor or experienced manufacturing manager, specifically at a startup, can be rare. For this reason and his passion for working at early stage companies, Michael started DuroLabs. It's an online resource for people to learn the nuts and bolts of how to prepare engineering files properly, how to find and vet good suppliers, and what to expect when working with contract manufacturers.
Nothing beats hands-on, real world experience for an engineer to expand their skills, but DuroLabs is a great place to start. Check out our list of resources available for free to the community.