Whether it’s a detailed rendering or a fully functional product, a prototype helps hone your design and demonstrate its key features.
While designing a product is a creative process, the greatness of your ideas will only be realized if a manufacturer can utilize the machines and materials needed to turn them into a reality. This is where design for manufacturability (DFM) becomes critical.
DFM can be considered a form of negotiation between product designers and manufacturers. It involves modifying and scaling a design concept so the product can be produced efficiently using the tools and resources available in a production facility.
This process examines several aspects of a design, including its shape, proposed material, and parts, to determine how they can be executed.
Any features that would be too difficult, expensive, or inefficient to make using the available manufacturing equipment and materials will likely need to be revised.
CNC prototype machining is an excellent choice for making only a small number of prototypes in a relatively short time.
Our CNC machining service allows for the creation of parts with high accuracy, which is essential for testing and validating a design before mass production. This technology also enables designers and engineers to quickly iterate on a design, making changes as needed.
CNC technology allows for precise, efficient, and cost-effective fabrication of parts and components with a high degree of accuracy and design complexity.
Prototyping is integral to product design and development as it allows you to test and refine your idea and explore alternative solutions to create a viable product.
Prototypes can also be used to engage with end users or stakeholders to reveal further insight and inform decisions going forward.
We can provide prototypes to match any level of precision needed, including precision machining, coordinate measuring machines, full inspection reports, and more.
Inertia has numerous prototyping capabilities in-house, partnerships with domestic and overseas manufacturing vendors and supply chains.
Our team will help you select the best vendors suited to your product idea while keeping timeline, budget, and quality in mind.
Yes, we can manage every aspect of prototyping, from design to assembly. We will troubleshoot and help you redesign and rework your product concept if necessary.
Fine-tuning and resolving issues as they arise are processes integral to the product design process.
Our teams of designers and engineers are here to guide you through any design issues and help you find the best solution.
Using Inertia's local microfactory enabled us to get our first batch of sensors out of the lab and onto the market at a fraction of the time it would have taken to set up a large volume run, shipped from elsewhere. Their engineering team also helped refine our process to improve manufacturability for future production
We needed a partner who could design, manufacture, and supply-manage our smart lock hardware product so that our team could focus on developing our core services and IP, which is access control and encryption software. The Inertia team certainly delivered on the hardware, which helped us focus on our core and scale our business. Inertia continues to be a key partner in our growth and success.
CEO, Sera 4
Being a first-time entrepreneur, the Inertia team fully immersed me in their product development experience and made me feel in total control of my product's destiny – providing exceptional support required to get the work done right and on time. They shared with me all their knowledge and understanding of the technical, regulatory, and commercial landscape which empowered me to make the best decisions for my product and my customers. Their transparency, communication, and collaboration are head and shoulders above anything I've ever experienced.
CEO, Ligand Innovation Global
The next growing season waits for no one. That's why we partnered with Inertia to be our turn-key hardware engineering and manufacturing team. In six short months they delivered a clean-sheet engineered design for our autonomous weed-picking vehicle – mechanicals, bodywork, electronic power & control systems. In just three more months, they delivered all the custom and off-the-shelf components required to build the first pilot fleet. We could not have innovated this fast without them.
CEO, Nexus Robotics
We needed a company to work with us on the development of a novel medical device in record time, while in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Inertia was an excellent partner. They stepped up to meet this challenge and we were able to successfully complete the project. Together, we have directly improved the lives of patients around the world.
Vice President & GM, Baylis Medical
Not only did they design a beautiful vertical grow garden that looks like it actually belongs in your home, they helped to increase our gross profit margins and rapidly scale our manufacturing capacity to meet our growing customer demand.
Founder & CEO, Just Vertical
From the early stages of the project, we were driven by ambitious timelines with a fail-fast mentality. Countless rapid iterations based on user feedback ultimately produced a persuasive prototype. From there, we needed a high-quality product and short time-to-market. We were demanding at every stage of the project. The Inertia team delivered in lockstep. They were smart, poised, and solution-oriented even when faced with seemingly impossible requirements. I really enjoyed working with them. It felt like we were one team. Our partnership with Inertia was critical to our success.
Cofounder & CEO, Innovere Medical Inc.