Want to bring your new electronic hardware product to market faster, cheaper, and with less risk?
Predictable Hardware Report™
Preliminary product design with detailed cost analysis for new electronic hardware products.
Selection of major electronic components
We select all the major electronic components for your product (microchips, sensors, etc).
Block diagram design of the electronics
Accurate estimates of the cost to develop and prototype the electronics, software, enclosure, and retail packaging.
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 by product feature
Knowing the cost for each feature allows you to select the most cost effective feature set for your product.
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 engineering analysis
Written engineering analysis that includes details on the component selections, suggested alternative technologies, thoughts to improve the product, general advice, and more.
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.
After we complete your report we'll set up a 30 minute phone call to discuss the results and answer all of your questions.
"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.
"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.
If you are not happy with your report I will give you a full refund. But, I guarantee you will be happy!
"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.
Former Sr. Design Engineer, Texas Instruments
"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.
You get accurate estimates for all of these costs:
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.
"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.
Former VP of Engineering at Nitronex
Interview with Chris Gammell of Supplyframe, Inc. where we discuss the Predictable Hardware Report.
Founder of Predictable Designs
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.
"John is one of the best design engineers I have ever met!"
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?
All you need is a product concept. No previous development or prototype is required. We'll just need details on all of the various functions your product will implement and its intended purpose.
Can I ask questions about my report?
Yes! You get consulting time with me after your report is complete to ask any questions you wish. The amount of consulting time you get depends on which version of the report you purchase.
Can we talk on the phone before I purchase the report?
The Premium version of this report includes a 30 minute phone consultation after the report has been completed. I offer online chat consultations (text only) to discuss your project before purchasing. Initial consultations are limited to text chats in order to keep the price of the report low (and to keep me from being on the phone all the time).
Will my report include a cost breakdown for every component?
Yes, your report will include a breakdown of all the critical components. For non-critical, low-cost components such as resistors and capacitors (which commonly cost only fractions of a cent) an estimate for their total cost is included.
What file format is the report?
The report will be provided as a Microsoft Excel file. Other file formats may be available upon request.
What if my product is impossible to develop or manufacture?
If your product turns out to be impossible to develop or manufacture you'll get a full refund. However, if it turns out to be more expensive to develop than you can afford, or too expensive to manufacture to sell at your desired retail price then no refund will be given. Determining if the cost to develop and manufacture the product are practical is one of the main goals of the report.
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?
A POC prototype serves one purpose: to prove the concept to yourself and potential users. No design firm will ever require a POC prototype as a starting point for designing a manufacturable version of the product. A POC is just too different from the final manufacturable version.
I've already picked the engineer or firm I want to design my product, why should I get this report?
Regardless of who designs your product this report will prove its value. To my knowledge, no other design firm offers anything like this report. Sure, they'll tell you their fee, but that's it. Like most designers they'll be happy to jump right into designing your product without looking at the big picture first.
This report helps you before you begin full development, and independently of who ultimately designs your product.
How can you calculate the production cost before the product is developed?
We start by selecting the critical electronic components. Then we are able to calculate the cost of the fully assembled Printed Circuit Board (PCB). Next, we estimate the enclosure cost based on the type of material used, the volume of material required, and the number of cavities in the injection molds. Finally, we add in the cost of any mechanical parts, product assembly, quality testing, scrap, returns, logistics, and duties.
If I'm not happy with the report can I get a refund?
Yes, if you are not happy I can give you a full refund within 30 days. However, each report is fully custom and they take considerable time to prepare, so please don't abuse this good will. That being said, you WILL be happy!
How long does it take to complete the report?
The reports take about 3 weeks to complete.
How accurate are the estimates?
They are estimates based on my decades of experience developing and manufacturing electronic products. I use a wide variety of sources to provide accurate estimates.
Can't I just get free estimates for all of these costs by requesting quotes from product design firms?
Absolutely not! Design firms may give you a quote for the development fees but not the scaling costs. And definitely not the manufacturing cost which is the core of this report. The manufacturing cost takes days of engineering work to calculate accurately. Also most designers bill on an open-ended hourly basis and many will give you an unrealistically low estimate on the development costs. Your final development cost may be 2-5x higher than their original estimate.
Is my product protected? Is the information I share kept strictly confidential?
Yes! After purchasing you will agree to these terms and conditions which includes a non-disclosure section to protect all proprietary information that you share with us. Everything you share with us will be kept strictly confidential and you always retain full ownership.
Can I use the Predictable Designs name in my investor materials?
Yes, if you purchase the Premium version of the report. Then you may say that your product has been certified by Predictable Designs. This will increase your chance of getting outside funding.
Shouldn't I instead work with a local designer?
I work with entrepreneurs all around the world including the U.S, Canada, the UK, India, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and more. You can't hire the best if you limit yourself to only local designers.
To my knowledge, no other design firm offers anything like the Predictable Hardware Report. They may tell you their fee, but that's it. Regardless of who ultimately designs your product this report will prove its value.
Why should I work with Predictable Designs instead of Dragon Innovation or Bolt.io?
Dragon Innovation and Bolt.io are two fantastic companies. However, they serve a completely different purpose.
Dragon specializes in helping startups set up production in Asia. We instead specialize in helping you take your product from concept to prototype, and then on to manufacturing. When you are finally ready to set up Asian manufacturing then Dragon can be a great asset.
Bolt.io is a venture capital firm that invests in hardware startups in exchange for equity. They only select very few startups to invest in. We instead work with anyone with a dream to develop and market a new product.