From several working prototypes to a scalable, cost-effective, repeatable process to make 1.000 to 1.000.000 products.
Build a works-like and a looks-like prototype
EV(T): Engineering Verification (Test)
What will happen: Your works-like and looks-like prototype get combined into 1 product. The DFM partner orders a small amount of PCB's from the PCB house.
Typical time: 4-5 months
Typical price per unit: 15k usd
Typical units produced: 5-10 iterations of the product.
Output: a working prototype that (usually) is in a 3D printed or silicon molded enclosure
DV(T): Design Verification (Test)
What will happen: HW partner optimizes the mechanical design for the injection molding process. This is done in conjunction with the mass production partner, as the injection molds will (usually) be on-site at the mass production partner.
Typical time: 2-3 months
Typical cost/unit: 4K usd
Typical units produced: 10-50 units
Other costs: Since the molds are created at this stage, the tooling/material cost for the injection molds will need to be paid (to the tooling house/ mass production partner). Typical cost is 100k-500k.
Output: enough units for certification
PV(T): Process Verification (Test)
What will happen: A mini assembly line get set up at the mass production partner. 100-500 PCBs/ metal/ plastic parts get produced and assembled at the mass production partner.
Typical time: 1-2 months
Typical cost/unit: 100-500 usd/unit
Typical units produced: 100-500 units
Other costs: Certification (110k-250k usd)
Output: Units to ship to trusted partners (pre-certified units)
MP1: Initial Mass production run
What happens: A real assembly line gets set up.
Typical time: 1 month
Typical Cost/unit: 25-300 usd/unit
Typical units produced: 1000-5000 units
Other costs: Line set-up cost
Output: Enough units to ship to your crowdfunding backers.