You have a prototype, but now what? Thinking of starting your production overseas, but don't know where to start looking? Have doubts whether to manufacturer locally or abroad? Come learn the must-have checklist of what you need to begin finding and selecting a Contract Manufacturer (CM). Whether you’ve designed a garment or an electronic device, you probably don't have the resources to set up your own production. That's where you can leverage the value-add of a contract manufacturer. Keep your production nimble, your costs low, and your risk minimized by selecting and working with the right partners.
We are excited to be a host for the inaugural MAKER WALK LA on Friday, October 6th! Join fellow entrepreneurs, creatives, manufacturers, local brands, and the business community for a self-guided afternoon exploring the Arts District. From 1-4pm, guests will get free behind-the-scenes factory tours and demos hosted by local businesses, including ours, plus special workshops at the Advanced Prototyping Center.
In this inaugural MAKE IT Factory Tour Workshop, entrepreneurs will be visiting two manufacturing suppliers. This invitation-only gathering will be a unique day for those looking to understand how hardware products are manufactured, learn the ins-and-outs of partnering with Contract Manufacturers (CMs), and meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs.
Join Michael Corr when he presents at the Automation Conference & Expo about his experience and advice using 3D Printing technologies for production manufacturing.
In recent years, additive manufacturing has transitioned from a prototyping tool to a viable alternative for part production; 3D printing of final production parts has soared in popularity. In this session, attendees will hear from manufacturing consultancy DuroLabs, and Proto Labs, a digital manufacturing company specializing in quick-turn prototypes and low-volume production parts using both traditional processes (like injection molding and CNC machining), as well as industrial 3D printing. The presenters will explore how considerations, such as design requirements, aesthetics, economics and current and future production quantities, must be factored into the equation when making manufacturing decisions. Different points along the product development process will have different needs, and therefore, utilization of different processes should be considered at the inception of a project.
Gain a better understanding of the advanced manufacturing process, as Michael Corr details a real-world case study from his time as Director of Engineering for a commercial drone company that was developing industrial grade UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Proto Labs’ VP and GM of the Americas, Rob Bodor, will join Michael to expand on the broader 3D printing space, and the evolving manufacturing ecosystem as a whole.
The Automation Conference & Expo is the leading peer-to-peer educational and networking event for industrial automation professionals. As an attendee, you’ll learn why today’s automation innovations are critical for your operation. Our 2017 knowledge exchange will take place May 23-24 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, offering technology end-users the ability to:
- get tips on automation implementation from industry’s leading companies
- choose from over two dozen educational sessions
- network with experts and automation thought leaders
- access practical insights from experienced practitioners
Join Michael Corr at this year's IoT World conference when he moderates a panel discussing strategic use of prototyping. The panelists are all industry experts with years of experience and great insights on how best to get the most out of prototyping during your product development phases.
Come hear discussion on
How to strategically use prototyping to get the best ROI
How to identify your objectives for each prototype to ensure you are prototyping the right thing
How to know when you’re ready to hit ‘print’ on a prototype
How to evaluate prototyping suppliers vs production suppliers
How to decide when to expedite and when to use standard lead times
MAKE IT MONTHLY SERIES:
You have a prototype, but now what? Whether you’ve designed a garment or an electronic device, you probably don't have the resources to set up your own production, but you can work with contract manufacturers (CMs) to get your product manufactured. Keep your production nimble, your costs down, and your innovation local by selecting and working with the right partners.
Find out how! Join Durolabs founder Michael Corr for this practical lecture aimed at hardware startups, fashion designers, product developers, and emerging brands looking to scale their business. Michael has worked with numerous startups to set up their manufacturing supply chains, and he will provide practical advice for getting your product off the ground.
- 6:30 Check-in and networking
- 7:00 Talk
- 7:30 Refreshments and discussion
Join me as I present the follow up to the Agile for Embedded Systems series. In this talk I will discuss in more detail how we implemented a Continuous Integration server and Automated Testing using the Ruby Test::Unit class.
Leveraging existing test classes and resources, we were able to quickly setup a completely automated test server for our firmware development - leading to short sprint cycles and better test coverage.
Duro Labs is going to Vegas! We will be at CES 2017 in January, talking to customers and partners for some of our new endeavors
Let us know if you will be at CES and would like to setup a meeting to discuss all things hardware startup related. You can likely find us at Eureka Park mingling with great startups or walking the aisles and drooling over the amazing products on display at the various exhibit halls
Hope to see you there!
Brinc is an ultra hands-on hardware accelerator that supports entrepreneurs looking to unlock the world’s data through connected solutions. They offer a comprehensive program tailored for hardware startups looking for speed, access and the know-how to build successful companies.
In addition, Brinc offers guided tours of manufacturers in Shenzhen with the goal of educating hardware founders on how to get started working in China.
With the opening of the Advanced Prototyping Center at LA Kretz Innovation Campus, we invite you to learn from these experts how to take your product idea from concept through proof of concept, and prepare it for full scale manufacturing:
A reception and tour of the La Kretz Advanced Prototyping Center will follow these brief, informative talks.
Agile for Embedded Hardware
Hardware development is hard. Testing for hardware products is especially difficult when there are multiple, disparate teams of electrical, mechanical, and firmware engineers working on a new product simultaneously - as there is no stable ground to stand on. In this presentation I will demonstrate how to simplify the process by adopting best practices used in web software and mobile app development for use in developing and testing embedded hardware products. Specifically I’ll discuss, the use of Agile and Continuous Integration tools, design-for-test (DFT) strategies and even test driven development (TDD) best practices
Carbon Five monthly talk series, featuring speakers form varied backgrounds, talking about various topics.
Doors open at 6pm. Talks begin at 7pm, and last approximately an hour including Q&A. The rest of the evening, until we shut down at 9pm, is free time. We also have an accompanying Slack to discuss during and around the event; contact a group admin to get an invite.
Knowing When You're Done Can Be Difficult to Assess
It's too easy to fall captive to feature creep and endless hours trying to debug a feature that really isn't that important for your MVP (Minimum Viable Product). At this open forum at Make In LA, I will be discussing how to define your requirements for an MVP and set proper milestones and metrics to know when you're done.
Hardware development can rack up incremental costs quickly, so it's important to make sure you stay focused and develop only the important features. Using a PRD (Product Requirements Document) is a critical tool to helping hardware teams stay focused.
Are you working for a Hardware startup?
Thinking about heading to China for manufacturing?
Learn how to evaluate whether overseas or local manufacturing is best for you and what you should expect when working with a new Contract Manufacturer.
DuroLabs founder, Michael Corr, will be discussing his experiences working with Chinese and US contract manufacturers at an event hosted by the Make In LA accelerator in Chatsworth, CA. The presentation will also be streamed live on the web
Register for the live webinar here