Today we launched our new pipeline pages, a content series where you can keep up with the progress of inventions which have been selected for development.
What does it mean if your submission is selected for Development?
First of all it means you should celebrate, brag to all your friends and family, and blow up your social media with the news of your incredible accomplishment. Out of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of invention submissions yours has been chosen (cue sound of a hundred angels singing).
The Development stage is where we test for viability. Can this idea be turned into a real product? Should it? Think of the Development phase as being made up of lots of additional sub-phases, and your idea now needs to pass each one of the sub-phases before going on to production and distribution. These sub-phases include:
- Design. We’ll put some of the industry’s finest industrial design talent behind sketching out your idea into a real tangible product.
- Renders. Let’s visualize the form factor in the necessary environments.
- Prototyping. Time to actually make a V1.0 of your product using 3D printing or other rapid prototyping technologies.
- Testing. We need to make sure it will work, and it won’t harm anyone. There are more safety and federal regulations around products that you can imagine, so we’ve got to check all these boxes.
- Sourcing. Can we find the materials and put them together in such a way that is efficient and allows us to produce the product at a reasonable cost? We all love cool pencil holders, but not ones that cost more than your iPhone X.
Each week we’ll provide updates as the chosen submissions move through these sub-phases. You’ll also get a glimpse into team meetings about your submission and some videos straight from the factory.
Sometimes the inventions won’t pass a sub-phase. That sucks, but it’s a fact of life. We’ll also use these pages to explain what went wrong, and why a product might be sent backwards, or crossed off the list.
The product development process is an incredible journey, and we’re excited to have you on board.