A cost analysis, engineering review, and risk assessment of your new electronic hardware product.
(Designed for pre-prototype electronic hardware startups.)
Get estimates for...
Total manufacturing cost
Parts cost breakdown by product function
Plus you'll get...
Block diagram of the electronics with part numbers of key components
Timeline of milestones
Suggestions to lower costs & risks
Feedback to improve your product
Profit and sales price estimations
BONUS: Includes 2 weeks of private consulting with me!
How far along do I need to be with my product? What information is required?
All you need is a product concept. No prior development or prototype is necessary. We'll need a list of product features and a description of your product.
How do you estimate the manufacturing cost of a product before developing it?
We do it by pre-designing your product. For example, when designing a new electronic circuit the first step is to select all of the components, then the next step is to connect them all together in a schematic circuit diagram, followed by the design of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).
For this report we select the electronic components without actually connecting everything together in a schematic diagram. This allows us to estimate the component cost and PCB cost without completing the full design.
We can also accurately estimate the enclosure cost before the prototype is completed since that cost is primarily determined by the type of plastic used, the volume of plastic required, and the number of cavities in the injection molds. Other costs such as product assembly, testing, scrap, shipping, etc. are estimated in a similar fashion.
NOTE: Manufacturing 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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“Whether performing early stage vetting of return on investment, developing detailed cost breakdowns or looking for an objective outside assessment, it will prove its value.”
“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. The report gave me the visibility into every part of the product cycle and helped me make key product decisions.”
Predictable Designs has played a key role in getting our product to the next level.
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.
BONUS: Includes 2 weeks of private consulting with me to ask any questions!
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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.
Yes! You get 2 weeks of email consulting with me to ask any questions.
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.
The report will be provided in both PDF and Excel formats.
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.
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!
It takes me 7-10 business days to complete your report.
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.
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.
Yes, after your purchase you will be taken to an online form for entering the details about your product. Included with this form is a mutual non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which protects any information you share with us.
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 manufacturing 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.