‘6 Easy Steps’ to Go from Prototype to Design for Manufacturing with @dragoninnovate | @mfgday #MFGDay18
Dragon Innovation’s Andrew Hall has a quick roundup of the 6-step process to go from concept to full DFM – their blog proper is succinct and to the point with each step in the blog accompanied by offsite links with additional reading or viewing (see video below). These blogs are always really useful for reminding yourself of not only the stages to consider in your manufacturing process but frankly to remind yourself of the iterations other designers & manufacturers also go through (to develop a quality product).
To prototype properly you’ll need focus, help from friends and definitely creativity. Every product innovator has their own process but we here at Dragon Innovation have a simplified approach to get started on your path to manufacturing your consumer electronic product.
This approach is simple. Bust out the duct tape, popsicle sticks and an Arduino. This is a Proof of concept prototype cobbled together for feasibility with limited functionality.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.