How to proceed with custom manufacturing?

Now you have an excellent idea and wonder how you can turn it into real products. Frankly, product development is a complex and time consuming process. So, first of all, you should leave the hassles to experts.

 

It doesn't mean, however, that you don't involve. Just the opposite, overseas production requires comprehensive communications among customer, designer, sculptor, modeler, molder, painter, assembler, shipper, and Customs broker. In order to make intelligent decision, you should have some basic knowledge about cost elements of a product, production process, manufacturing method, material, packaging, quality control, shipping and handling. 

 

In addition, there are regulations from related governments, namely China and United States, which can significantly, sometimes decisively, affect the ways and costs of your project; adding to the complexity, government regulations change over time. Since the Mattel product recalls in 2007, in fact, US government has constantly tightened its regulations on product safety, reflected in the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Aiming to help, we put up some guidelines and updated information in the section of "government regulations". You should, however, consult with an expert for full compliance whenever there is a doubt. 

 

So, how would you proceed? Following are typical steps in a production:

  1. Designing. You should provide product design detailed enough to convey your idea. Depending on the application, design can be prototype, graphic artworks, or photos; but in most cases, it is worthy to have a professional to draw out your product, so called a picture speaks a thousand words. More...

  2. Prototyping. As far as crafted toy or figure is concerned, production starts with a prototype, for two purposes. First, it will serve as sample for approval or demo; second, it will serve as "masterpiece" for mold processing. More...

  3. Tooling. Tooling means casting molds, painting molds, and fixtures. There are different types of molds, of course, depending on actual production. More...

  4. Production. It includes molding, polishing, painting, assembling, and packaging. More...

  5. Testing. There are internal and external testing; internal inspection is done throughout every stage of the production process, while external tests are done by third-party. Certain products such as children toys are mandatory by regulations for testing through a certified lab; you should consult with specialist for full compliance. More...

  6. Shipping and handling. Shipment is handled by shipping company or agent (freight forwarder); most freight forwarders are also Customs brokers who would help processing your goods through both Exporting and Importing Customs. More...

You may read the other topics in the FAQ section for more guidance.