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How to Find Right Partner for Design-to-Manufacturing Custom Stamping Parts

An idea has probably popped up in your mind for a new product or maybe for improving a product that you already have. The next important step is to choose a design partner, someone that will turn the idea and the concept in your mind into a reality, tangible, right before your eyes using custom metal stamping parts. Your product could be something very useful for day to day living or it could be an object that would make life easier for many around the world. That being said, you can’t wait to start the production of the product in mind. However, you need to make some serious decisions before your dream can be realized. Listed below are some things that will prove helpful in your quest for the right design partner who will help you in making custom metal stamping parts. 

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Understanding the entire process-

A good designer will strive to gain a full understanding of the particular manufacturing process that your product requires, including custom metal stamping parts. Design partner that is professional will aim to minimize glitches in the design process since production can be hampered if these exist. The design partner will also work to meet safety standards, testing mandates and prepare fully for procuring the needed approvals from regulatory bodies for your product and the custom stamping parts. 

Knowing the market

Finding a product designer that wants to know just how your idea of a product is going to work in the market, hit target sales, attract customers and prove to be successful is the beginning to building a strong relationship with your designer partner. This goal can easily be achieved by carefully listening to the questions that your would-be design partner throws at you and how he helps design the custom stamping parts. He should be asking you for details as to how your product is unique, how it compares to the products that are already out there in the market, how will it meet the requirements of customers, how can the customers get the complete benefits that the product serves, what sort of packaging will be needed to appease the audience. These and other similar questions from your design partner will convince you that he surely wants your product to be a total success and will assist you in making custom stamping parts. 

Rectitude

Any relationship that intends to last requires straightforwardness in it. Many at times you would hear things that may not be pleasant or that you would not have intended to hear from your design partner. But a good design partner will not shy away from providing necessary guidelines that will ultimately help produce a good product simply out of fear of displeasing you. To that end, such relationships need certain foundations, like an NDA or a non-disclosure agreement; your design files should be returned to you as these are your property and convincing evidence that this relationship is definitely going to benefit both the parties involved. 

Competence and Dexterity Level

Relationships with product designer need to last long, even after the main production of custom stamping parts is over. A future round of production or even a revised production would require the services of a product designer once again. Mass production runs of your custom stamping parts and the product will be satisfactory and successful if the relationship with your product designer is free from strain. 

Once the custom stamping parts and your product is designed to your satisfaction and your designer partner has made you happy, the next step would be to look for a manufacturing or a production partner. There is a sea of manufacturers out there and choosing a good one isn’t simply a matter of following a reference or checking simply for reviews of other clients. What may work for a particular company may not necessarily work for you. A mutually beneficial relationship is what you need to be looking at establishing. The success of your product will largely depend on how the production of the custom stamping parts is carried out, which means all the hard work done by you and your product designer will find its results in how then the next and final step is performed. Here are some essential steps that will help you find a good manufacturer for getting your product out in the market. 

Capability

One of the first things you would want to look into a manufacturing unit or company is if they possess the capability to make it happen. While there may be minimum requirements that every job has, it would not be a course of wisdom to be satisfied with just the minimum requirements. Your product may need certain assemblies of the custom stamping parts depending on the complexity and the manufacturing company needs to have the specialty in making such or other assemblies of the custom stamping parts. Another important factor to consider is balance. While you want the best manufacturer, it is not just the best but the best for you. While there are production firms that perform great for large scale productions, they may not be a suitable match for you if your production requirements are small. Hence, the need for balance. You should also bear in mind whether your chosen manufacturer meets the needed regulations. Generally, regulatory bodies insist on production under strict inspections and process controls- all of which should be met by the manufacturing plant that you choose. If your product doesn’t need such inspections, you can save yourself much money and hassle by choosing a fairly simple manufacturing plant. With the task of every production, there comes a certain amount of risk. Knowing if your manufacturing company is equipped to take that risk or not is also vital. Depending on the kind of product being made and the scale of production, you can work out a risk management protocol with your manufacturing firm. 

Knowing about variations

If you choose to manufacture your product overseas, in a land that is far from yours, there may be certain cultural differences that you would need to be aware of. These can come in between the production process if not handled wisely. Each continent has a certain way of working and following it while doing business is important for mutual benefit. 

Understanding and effectively doing your part

Since your relationship with the manufacturing firm is a mutually benefitting one, it is important to know what part you need to play in making this relationship work and then fulfilling it well. One of the most important part of any good relationship is good communication. It does not mean that you do all the talking; listening is even more important and so is asking questions that elicit more than a mere yes or no response. While communicating it is also important to clearly explain the kind of expectations you have with your production. When your needs are clearly explained, the manufacturer will be able to work towards meeting those requirements and satisfying your expectations. 

At Eigen, we understand the intricacies that are involved in getting a product out into the market and therefore provide a service that is at the highest professional level. Our designers, engineers and production teams are highly experienced and possess a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing process. We adhere to the norms and standards set by regulatory authorities and deliver satisfying products within the stipulated time without compromising on quality or cost. Allow us to serve you and find yourself a manufacturing firm that you will enjoy working with.

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