From Make to Manufacture: How can more product designers become (domestic) manufacturers?
This panel will explore the connection between product invention and production – with a focus on debating the opportunities and challenges that product designers and makers face in scaling from one to many here in the US. What have been the impediments faced by makers seeking to find or work with established domestic manufacturers? What are the advantages to producing product locally versus overseas? Why have some product inventors made the leap to become manufacturers themselves?
Featuring, Steve Heintz of Quirky, who will discuss Quirky’s new San Francisco design/manufacturing center; Patrick Buckley of DodoCase whose first product was designed and produced at Tech Shop and has now grown to become full-scale manufacturer; Alex Snyder of DNA Group, an emerging design house and contract manufacturer of high-end apparel; and Dorian Ferlauto of BriteHub, a leading on-line platform that connects designers and manufacturers, currently being implemented across the Bay Area.