161: How to Build Your Own Product Manufacturing Centre

161: Build a Manufacturing Facility for Your New Product

February 2, 2023

With Noah Graff, Vice President at Graff-Pinkert Machinery

Hosted by Kevin Mako, President of MAKO Design + Invent

161: Build a Manufacturing Facility for Your New Product
161: Build a Manufacturing Facility for Your New Product

Noah Graff serves as the Vice President at Graff Pinkert, an established global dealer of pre-owned manufacturing machinery that has been in operation for 80 years, with a central warehouse located in the United States. Additionally, he is the host of the Swarfcast Podcast, which concentrates on machinery and tool machining within the manufacturing sector. Today, Noah will provide valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can establish a local production facility, as well as the key considerations to make when procuring pre-owned equipment for production.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Producing equipment for manufacturing products.
  • More hardware startups are inquiring about purchasing machinery than ever before.
  • Using machinery to manufacture other products can reduce the cost of acquiring the equipment, allowing for dual use: one for your own product and one for other products.
  • Utilizing machinery to learn how to improve your manufacturing process and product quality.
  • Knowing the calibre of machine that you need based on the part that you need is key.
  • Prioritize finding a machinery supplier with excellent support services to meet your needs.
  • Reshoring is becoming more prevalent as product startups aim to produce more goods domestically.
  • Manufacturing your own product provides greater control over the final product.


  • 3:45 – How can a start-up think about starting their own manufacturing facility for their own hardware product
  • 4:00 – More hardware startups have bought manufacturing machinery than has ever been seen before.
  • 4:30 – Picking machinery comes down to the right application and considerations for your unique hardware product business.
  • 5:05 – Micromanufacturing of small products is becoming more common
  • 5:50 – Sometimes you can offset the costs of your machinery by manufacturing your own product, but when small, and in the downtime, you can also bring in revenue by helping manufacture parts or products for other people too. This is excess capacity and can be quite valuable to a startup when utilized.
  • 7:00 – Learn more about your product by using your first machine. Start small and work your way up.
  • 7:25 – Just because manufacturing machinery is expensive and brand new, does not mean it is the best machinery for your product business.
  • 7:50 – Older machine are a mere fraction of the cost of new ones.
  • 8:05 – The brand of machinery is not nearly as important as the machinery support, so focus on support as your priority.
  • 9:00 – There is a relationship between the product and the machinery that is used to make it, that relationship can create additional improvements to your product
  • 10:00 – More people are setting up their own machinery to bring manufacturing back home, also for more control overall of their manufacturing process.
  • 12:30 – Manufacturing can add value to a hardware startup’s valuation
  • 13:00 – Reduce the risk of your startup by using the machinery for revenue


Noah Graff Links:
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