'Manufacturers want to work more closely with their customers'

'At the concept stage you can make changes,' PLM Central director Niketh Shetty said in a panel with Onshape and Cadonix at the DFM Summit in London. 'As the product matures, the more you delay the changes, the more it costs in the end product.'

'We involve potential manufacturers in optimizing the design'

Orlach Design works for startups as well as bigger clients like LG and Panasonic. 'Clients will price down every component,' says Dejan Orlac. 'Within that space you need to find a design, an identity and a process where you can choose something special.'

'First thing you need to do is start talking to manufacturers'

Product developers Thomas Keen, Stacey Mendez, Tristram Keech and Steve May-Russell discussed collaboration with manufacturers early in the design phase on the opening panel at DFM Summit #22 in London.

'We fix designers' problems'

Chris Pett (Makersco) talked about connecting designers to manufacturing last month at a small DFM Summit in London. 'More commonly someone will come in with an unfortunately extremely highly realized design that is not practically manufacturable.'

'More and more manufacturing is coming back to North America'

Miles Keller of Dystil at DFM Summit #18 last week in Toronto talked about opportunities for innovation in furniture manufacturing in Ontario. 'Tooling is done differently now. There is such a digital side to it that it doesn't really matter where you are.'

'There has never been an easier time to be a hardware startup'

Cortex Design generally works on projects for Fortune 500 clients or medium-sized businesses like Cloud DX and Voltera. 'Most of the support around startups is focused on software startups,' founder Dylan Horvath says. 'How things actually get manufactured isn't pushed as much as an educational component in high schools and universities.'

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