The Ultimate Inventor’s Manual

The Ultimate Inventor’s Manual

MAKO Design + Invent – February 18, 2021

If you’re an inventor, startup or small business, you’re at the right place. Welcome to the complete guide for invention makers in Canada.

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If you don’t know us already, we are Mako Design + Invent, the leading design and development firm that has turned hundreds of ideas into successful products. From the Packhopper tennis bag to the GoFish underwater camera, our success is inherently tied to our commitment to continuous improvement.

A team finding improvement opportunities.

In fact, one of our favourite parts of the development cycle is when our team of experts discover strategies to improve the way we do things at Mako. In our Inventor’s Manual, we give you valuable knowledge that comes from years of experience and learnings. It’s the complete guide for invention makers in Canada. So, whatever direction you take with your invention idea, this manual will help you strategize your approach, step by step.

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect.

Overview of Mako Design’s Guide for Invention Makers in Canada

To help you navigate the Inventor’s Manual, we’ve divided it into a few simple steps.

Conceptualize & Preparation

Firstly, you should lay out the foundations of your plan. For instance, this includes validating your idea, thinking about an execution plan and discovering possible revenue streams. Many new inventors think that their job is done once they come up with the idea. Even more of them believe they’ve come up with the next unicorn idea. However, those cases are outliers, not the norm. That’s why this first step is so critical – evaluate your idea and prepare yourself mentally when you begin executing the product development process.

Research, Design & Prototype

Research your market. It’s not uncommon to find that others have similar ideas to you. But does your product have advantages over your competitors? In our guide for invention makers in Canada, we’ve listed out some of the key questions you should answer to determine if your idea is solid or if you need to pause and reconceptualize.

It’s one thing to write an idea on a napkin, it’s a whole other beast to create a digital blueprint. Surely, almost any professional design firm can make a 3D CAD. But are they an expert at building CADs designed for manufacturing? Simply put, a CAD that’s not designed for the manufacturing process may lead to defects and other functional issues.

Don’t forget to test, test, then test again. Prototyping is critical to learning how your product functions in real-time. In the research, design and prototyping sections of our manual, we outline possible prototyping strategies and the pitfalls of investing all your time and energy by attempting to create one “perfect” prototype.

Manufacturing, Selling & Licensing

There are a number of exciting methods to get your final product on your market. At the same time, we understand it’s not easy to make a decision on which method is right for you. When it comes to manufacturing you should consider the costs of making your parts and assembling your product. If you choose to sell directly to buyers, think about what B2B businesses to approach. On the other hand, you may want to license your product for royalties. In our guide for invention makers in Canada, we cover all three methods to help you make a decision that you’re comfortable with.

Client reading our guide for invention makers in Canada.

Ready to Check Out Our Full Guide for Invention Makers in Canada?

The Inventor’s Manual goes into greater detail in these and additional key topics. Download it and let us know what you think in the comments section.

The good news is that there’s no one “right” way on the path to success. It’s ok to change your strategies while you’re on that path. In fact, inventors who can pivot to meet the changing needs of their customers are often the most successful ones.

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