'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.'

'We have lost 25 percent of our capacity in manufacturing'

Manufacturing veteran Nigel Southway wants to bring manufacturing back to Ontario. 'Manufacturing's been good to me,' he says. 'I am really concerned about what the next generation's opportunities in manufacturing will look like.'

'The supply chain engineer can be a bit of a unicorn'

Walter Garrison, Ryan Wicklum and Jason MacFarlane discussed the manufacturing supply chains and ecosystems in Ontario at Design for Manufacturing Summit #18 in Toronto.

'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.'

'We seem to cluster less in Toronto than Brooklyn or San Francisco'

At the inaugural Design for Manufacturing Summit in Toronto Zak Homuth (Upverter) and Michelle Chretien (Xerox Research) discussed the state of electronics startups in Toronto.

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