Learn the cost to develop, scale, and manufacture your new electronic product before you begin development.

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Predictable Hardware Report

A cost analysis and engineering review of your new electronic hardware product.

(Designed as a first step for new hardware products.)

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Development costs

Accurate estimates of the cost to develop and prototype the electronics, software, enclosure, and retail packaging.

Scaling costs

Accurate estimates on the cost to certify the electronics (FCC, UL, CE, RoHS), to setup manufacturing (injection molds, etc), and other scaling costs (patents, liability insurance, factory auditing).

Production cost (Cost of Goods Sold - COGS)

Accurate estimate of the production cost for your product.  Includes the electronic component costs, assembled PCB, enclosure, mechanical parts, product assembly, quality testing, scrap, returns, logistics, and duties.

Production cost broken down by product feature

Knowing the cost for each feature allows you to select the most cost effective feature set for your product.

Selection of key electronic components

We select all the critical electronic components for your product (microchips, sensors, etc).

Block diagram of the electronics

Timeline of major milestones

Suggestions on how to lower costs

Strategies to reduce development risks

Profit and sales price estimations

Certified by Predictable Designs

Include Certified by Predictable Designs on your investor and crowdfunding materials to improve your chance of securing funding.

Detailed written engineering analysis

Email consulting

After we complete your report you'll be able to ask all the questions you wish about the results and how you should best move forward.

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Phone consultation

After we complete your report we'll set up a 30 minute phone call to discuss the results and answer all of your questions.

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"Gave me the visibility into every part of the product cycle and helped me make key product decisions."

Easily paid for itself in both helping me spot areas of product risk and in giving me an education in what it takes to get a hardware product to market. As a hardware product first timer like myself, I needed to understand development and manufacturing costs to know if I should even pursue my idea.

Steve August Founder, Poinyent
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"Absolutely what we needed at this early stage. Makes a very unpredictable area for startups VERY predictable."

Cost estimates for our hardware needs were perfect and incredibly detailed. Very professionally done and makes it appear that we really did do our homework on the hardware needs of our young startup! Highly recommend as one can spend a small sum of precious capital instead of expensive guessing to arrive at very solid estimates!

Scott B. Peterson Founder, Dibzit.com, Inc.

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If you are not happy with your report I will give you a full refund. But, I guarantee you will be happy!

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"A no brainer as a first step!"

Predictable Designs offers the most efficient and painless route I’ve seen for developing a new electronic product.

David Heisley Former Sr. Design Engineer, Texas Instruments
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"Gave me all the information I needed to move forward with confidence."

Nailed down all cost aspects of production and included a development timeline... invaluable information to have for any product launch. The ability to dig down from macro view to details in a single document has infused a much needed level of organization. The high level of detail allows me to communicate costs with stakeholders with great confidence. The engineering review and email consultations were critically important to understanding not only detail but how the overall process of production works.

David Plemmons Founder, Flutternet

You'll get accurate estimates for all of these costs...

Production Costs

  • Electronic components
  • Assembled PCB
  • Molded plastic parts
  • Mechanical parts
  • Retail package
  • Final assembly
  • Quality testing
  • Scrap
  • Product returns
  • Shipping freight
  • Duties
  • Warehousing

Development Costs

Electronics

  • Schematic design
  • PCB layout design
  • Prototyping
  • Testing & debug

Enclosure

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Prototyping

Retail Package

  • 3D model design
  • Artwork design
  • Prototyping

Programming

  • Firmware development
  • Mobile app design

Scaling Costs

Certifications

  • FCC
  • UL / CSA
  • CE
  • RoHS

Production Setup

  • Low volumes molds
  • Mid volume molds
  • High volume molds
  • Assembly fixtures

Miscellaneous

  • Patents & trademarks
  • Product liability insurance
  • Offshore factory audit
  • Antenna tuning

NOTE: Production costs are estimated for volumes of 100, 1k, 10k, and 100k units. Manufacturing in the U.S. is assumed for 100 and 1k pieces, Asia for 10k and 100k units.

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"Perfect for those developing new electronic products."

Whether performing early stage vetting of return on investment, developing detailed cost breakdowns or looking for an objective outside assessment, a Predictable Hardware Report will prove its value.

Ray Crampton Former VP of Engineering at Nitronex
John Teel
Founder of Predictable Designs

About John Teel

I’m John Teel, a product design engineer, serial entrepreneur, and the founder of Predictable Designs.

Previously I was a senior design engineer at Texas Instruments (TI) where I designed several super successful electronic devices now used in millions of products on the market.  I've also helped dozens of entrepreneurs develop their new hardware product.

Finally, I also developed my own product, had it manufactured in Asia, and sold in over 500 retail locations in three countries.

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"John is one of the best design engineers I have ever met!"

Feng Luo LEAD ANALOG DESIGN ENGINEER AT INTERSIL, INC.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far along do I need to be with my product?  What information do I need to provide?

Can I ask questions about my report?

Can we talk on the phone before I purchase the report?

Will my report include a cost breakdown for every component?

What file format is the report?

What if my product is impossible to develop or manufacture?

I have a Proof-of-Concept (POC) prototype based on an Arduino. Don't you need my prototype in order to create an accurte report?

I've already picked the engineer or firm I want to design my product, why should I get this report?

How can you calculate the production cost before the product is developed?

If I'm not happy with the report can I get a refund?

How long does it take to complete the report?

How accurate are the estimates?

Can't I just get free estimates for all of these costs by requesting quotes from product design firms?

Is my product protected? Do you sign an NDA?

Can I use the Predictable Designs name in my investor materials?

Shouldn't I instead work with a local designer?  

Why should I work with Predictable Designs instead of Dragon Innovations or Bolt.io?  

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100% Money Back Guarantee

If you are not happy with your report I will give you a full refund. But, I guarantee you will be happy!

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"Predictable Designs has played a key role in getting our product to the next level."

Armani Williams Founder, LocShark

Still not sure if this is right for you?

Contact me and let's chat about your product!


NOTE: We originally offered a lower cost service which only included estimates for the development and scaling costs, but not the production cost (which is the most important and difficult to calculate).  It also didn't include an engineering analysis or risk analysis of your product.

DISCLAIMER: All costs specified in this report are estimates only. Predictable Designs assumes no responsibility or liability for any estimates that differ from the final cost.