Roadmap: From Idea to Manufacturing for Your New Hardware Product


Course Overview:

You can purchase this course for $199 or join the Hardware Academy to access all of our courses for only $49/month.

In this in-depth training course you will learn all of the steps necessary in order to take an idea for a new electronic hardware product and turn it into a product that can be manufactured and sold.

You will learn about:

  • How to properly research and define your product
  • How to understand the big picture including all of the costs and obstacles that lie ahead
  • How to formulate a plan to deal with the identified costs and obstacles
  • Various strategies to get your product developed depending on your skills and finances
  • Design steps required for the electronics
  • Design steps required for the enclosure
  • Software requirements
  • One of the best ways to reduce design risk
  • How to prototype your product

The end goal of this process if for you to have prototypes that work and look like your final product. These prototypes will be nearly ready for mass production, and are not to be confused with early stage Proof-of-Concept prototypes based on development kits like Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

These final prototypes can then be used for sales tests and for presenting to potential customers, investors, and business partners.

If you have any questions about anything covered in this course please ask it in the Course / Workshop Discussion area of the Community.

Comments on Roadmap: From Idea to Manufacturing for Your New Hardware Product

  1. LittlePaul says:

    Very well presented and sufficiently detailed for a start of the manufacturing process. I learned a lot! Thank you.

  2. Aliswiss says:

    When it comes to selling our product on our own website, i understand that we’ll have to build our audience first through our website. Do you suggest starting right away with our product website or creating a blog or website and giving people free content to build our audience and later move them to our product website?
    Many Thanks

    1. John Teel says:

      Hi Ali,

      I would have both the blog and the product info on the same website. But starting the blog (and other types of content) right away is critical. If you are comfortable sharing product details now then go for it but building that audience is key.

      As part of your blog or emails I would also share your progress on your product with your audience. Make them feel part of the process and they will be much more likely to buy.


  3. jcastan says:

    Hi John

    Thanks for the precious advice.

    What happened to the ejector pin marks’ section?



    1. John Teel says:

      Thanks Jerome. Good catch and it looks like I mentioned them but then forget to discuss them in more detail. I’m actually in the process of updating and improving all of the current courses so I’ll be sure to fix this soon.

      But, FYI, ejector pin marks are tiny indentations left by the ejector pins that push the part out of the mold. Part of product/mold design is placing these so they can be hidden.

  4. falconchrist says:

    Excellent course!
    24 pages of notes that I’m sure I will be referring to regularly.
    Thank you.

    1. John Teel says:

      That’s great to hear! Thanks for the feedback. If you have any questions feel free to post in the community area.

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