We’ve talked a lot about the different market opportunities waiting to be seized here on Market Mad House. Despite the uncertainties and changes happening on the market, there are a lot of opportunities to deliver valuable products that customers actually love.
In fact, more and more startups are based on hardware and innovative products rather than software and solutions. The whole product development process is more accessible, too, which means turning your maddest ideas into products that customers can buy is easier than ever.
So, can you develop your own product? There are several reasons why the answer to this question is a big “yes,” and we are going to review those reasons in this article.
The Era of Accessible Design
In the old days, designing a new piece of hardware to solve a problem on the market wasn’t easy. You had to have an engineering background – or recruit engineers to help you – to even see if the product idea you came up with was feasible to execute.
Today, thanks to comprehensive design software and tools, the process is a lot simpler. You will still need some degree of understanding about the product you want to develop, but tasks such as developing a PCB or designing a case for your hardware are more manageable.
For designing innovative PCBs, for instance, you can use Upverter. Available at Upverter.com, the tool is designed to make PCB design easy and will even measure the clearance between each part, allowing you to optimize the design of your hardware from the start.
Rapid Prototyping at Its Best
The second reason you are more than capable of developing your own product today is rapid prototyping. There are no more complex processes to deal with when trying to turn product ideas and designs into prototypes that can be tested.
Functional prototypes can be 3D printed in hours. Some 3D printers can even print moving parts without requiring additional assembly, which means that complex product designs can be converted into working prototypes just as quickly as simpler ones.
Another thing that makes rapid prototyping even more exciting for new entrepreneurs is the ability to use more prototyping materials. Metal and wood 3D printers are quickly entering the market, allowing entrepreneurs to experiment with more flexible designs.
Transitioning to Production
Lastly, we have the growing (and global) network of production lines ready to turn your prototypes into mass-produced products for the customers. Yes, gone are the days of setting up your own production line just to be able to start manufacturing. All you need is the right manufacturing partner to assist you in this department, and there are lots to choose from.
The whole process is so accessible that even individual inventors can realize their dreams in a quick, effective, and efficient way. A single person can design the product, make 3D models, and produce prototypes, negotiate a great manufacturing deal, and bring the product to the market in no time.
So, can you develop your own product? Of course, you can! The only missing ingredient is a good product idea to develop, but I’m sure you have that covered too.