Having three great vendors to choose from isn’t a very big problem as far as problems go, but it did cause some serious angst over here in the office. I mean, for a decision this big the answer’s got to be harder than just “picking one” right?
Of course we've looked into 3D printing and yes, we've seen 'that' youtube video, but as amazing as 3D printing is, it's still not the best option for producing an alpha-prototype with multiple materials and moving parts.
When I saw 'Innovation Grant' come up on my phone, I contemplated not answering it. It had been so long since we'd heard from them that I'd already gone through all the stages of grieving our certain failure and come out the other side.
We got the great news that we'd got through to the second round of the ICON grant application a week before we our epic hiking adventure through the Grand Canyon. The application was due three days before we got back and there was no possability of an extention. What to do?
While many business do actually get their stuff produced cheaply in China, they're not startups with no money and no industry knowledge or contacts. Writing to China with a few blueprints from a hotmail account isn't going to get you very far.