Design to Product

By Jiga, Inc.

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Getting hardware teams from designs to manufactured products. In this interview series, we host hardware manufacturing professionals, hardware founders, and engineers to talk about the journeys of people who build products, product design principles, DFM guidelines, new materials and processes, working with manufacturers, common mistakes, and much more!

Episode Date
#12 Matching Technologies to Supply Chain Needs
Supply chains benefit from digital technologies. But with all the tools in the market, it’s confusing to match them with practical needs. How can you know what’s relevant, without making it your second job? In this episode, we discussed these challenges and ways to overcome them.
Nov 10, 2022
#11 Finding Product-Market fit in Hardware
Understanding what product to build is hard, and in hardware, it's even harder. Nohtal pivoted his hardware startup and made big bets on an entirely different market, which paid off. Nohtal explained how they identified what product to build, and analyzed the lessons they learned along the way.
Oct 25, 2022
#10 Manufacturing Digital Transformation, Done Light
Chris Luecke is a podcaster and founder at Manufacturing Happy Hour and Business Leader at Fiix software. We talked about driving digital transformation in the manufacturing industry and overcoming challenges in making it happen, how can companies lnow what to focus on, and more.
Sep 15, 2022
#9 Applying Key Hardware Design Considerations
Nicholas Nadeau is the CTO of Halodi Robotics, a company that builds humanoid robots for different purposes like safety or medical treatment. We talked about different considerations that they needed to take into account and how they applied them while designing robots that should operate among humans and interact with them.
Aug 18, 2022
#8 How to Benefit from Metal Additive Manufacturing
How can additive manufacturing (3D printing) change the manufacturing world? Yash Bandari is the Business Development Manager at Additive Technologies and Co-founder of Meltio. We talked about the actual applications of additive manufacturing, specifically about metal and large-scale additive manufacturing, where you should consider additive over traditional technologies and where you shouldn't.
Aug 04, 2022
#7 How Supply Chain Disruptions Affect Product Design
Niels Jul Jacobsen is the CEO of Capra Robotics. Niels has tens of years of industry experience, so it was particularly interesting to hear his perspective on how recent supply chain disruptions deeply affect hardware businesses. Niels sees unique ways in which supply chain challenges affect product design and manufacturing today, and tells how he and his company, Capra Robotics, adapt to them.
Jul 27, 2022
#6 Capturing Carbon from Semi Trucks
Eric Harding is the Co-Founder of Remora, a company that builds a device that captures carbon emissions from semi trucks. We listened to their incredible story that started from academic research, the engineering challenges and considerations and the take on carbon emission reduction and EVs.
Jul 20, 2022
#5 This Device Can Save Humanity from Wildfires
Hall is the co-founder and CTO of Gridware, a startup that builds a fascinating device that can prevent wildfires by early detection. We talked about the challenges of building such a device, dealing with supply chain shortages, domestic vs offshoring, how the device works, the different technologies they use, and more.
Jul 13, 2022
#4 Saving Cost and Time on Outsourced Manufacturing
Dylan is the founder and president of Cortex Design, a product design + manufacturing firm. Dylan talked about common mistakes of product builders and innovators that drive up timelines and costs, and tactics to avoid them. We also talked about building strong relationships with suppliers and getting the best results from your manufacturing partners.
Jul 06, 2022
#3 Building an Automated Pizza Preperation System
Picnic is a 6-year-old startup that automates custom pizza preparation. The team faced many challenges in their journey from prototyping to production: lots of integration of different skillsets, supply chain challenges, getting the product to market, making it manufacturable and more. We talked about the challenges and lessons learned from getting their system to production.
Jun 29, 2022
#2 Global Sourcing Tactics and Tips
Thiefaine Magre is the co-founder and COO of PROUDUCT, which helps entrepreneurs go from idea to market with full-service global sourcing and an end-to-end supply chain. In this episode we learned different tactics for working with suppliers, dealing with supply chain issues and aligning different teams to get our products faster to market. Get the free gift mentioned on the episode here:
Jun 22, 2022
#1 Kickstarter Launch & Hardware Founders Mistakes
Bill Cowles is a Hardware Product Developer at Fiftyswiss, an industrial design and mechanical engineering consultancy. Bill launched successfully on Kickstarter multiple times and shares some of his insights, as well as some mistakes and lessons that hardware founders make when it comes to getting their products to market.
Jun 21, 2022