Crowdfunding allows the entrepreneur or established company to get real world feedback on a product concept, as well as generate non-dilutive capital to fund it. This powerful medium is revolutionizing the world of hardware, making it easier than ever to launch new innovations. However, success in crowd funding is as much a function of the team and the campaign set up and execution as it is of the product. Trident has led or been part of numerous record-breaking teams. We can evaluate your campaign and offer feedback, help set up and/or run your campaign, leveraging both our experience and our established networks.
We combine our 15-plus years of product commercialization experience with best practices in online marketing and analysis to set your product up to win.
Take your new product directly to consumers and test the price point, feature set, messaging, and overall value proposition before you invest in production.
Great design is the key to a successful invention or product. We can help generate the form and function of your invention. Our design team consistently delivers wonderful aesthetic and functional designs based on the realities of cost and manufacturing.
Phase 1: Exploration
We identify problems and potential solutions by outlining the information found in the prior art and market research.
The ideation phase involves 2 rounds of sketching:
The first round generates as many ideas as possible for features and configurations as well as breakthrough innovations.
The second round involves creating more refined concepts and preliminary exploration of aesthetic directions.
After each round of ideation our design team will review an illustrated presentation of the sketches or models with the inventor for feedback and select a direction for the next round of refinements.
Phase 2: Refinement
During this phase, our design team will take the preferred concepts from Phase 1 and begin to work out the details through computer and sketch modeling.
Concept Refinement is broken into 2 rounds:
The first round prepares initial 3D models and test functional concepts through simple sketch models as required.
The second round results in a clearly defined final concept with most details resolved and a clear design intent.
By the end of Phase 2, a highly detailed 3D computer model or sketch model is created that appropriately illustrates the aesthetic design and potential function of the product.
Phase 3: Blueprinting
Blueprint-ready files are typically required to produce professional prototypes or to manufacture a product.
These files can be exported to factories, where the product is engineered for manufacturing and tooling construction.
A 3D computer model will usually be created by the end of Phase 2, and will be modified and refined throughout the prototyping phase.
Have a challenge that needs a creative solution? Need to understand how to create a culture of innovation in your company? Trident will help train and facilitate brainstorming sessions, or as we call it “Group Mind”.
Use Trident’s creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to increase the quality of your own brainstorm session.
With broad expertise in product development, adding our designers and thinkers to the mix invariably leads to better and more ideas.
Engineering is the stage at which your product turns from design into reality. The technical but essential details are worked out, turning a great design concept into an affordable, manufacturable, and excellently functioning product. We offer engineering support to see your product through to reality.
We have successfully developed and manufactured our own electrical products.
We can help you create the necessary circuit development and obtain the necessary certifications for your electrical product.
We can get your product engineered for production with quality, reliability and cost consideration balanced for an optimal result.
A quality prototype can be vital to your invention’s success. Through our network of partners and fabricators we help independent inventors and companies create and produce quality prototypes that properly illustrate your invention’s functionality and aesthetic design.
A variety of fabrication methods are available for creating prototypes for varying uses and levels of complexity:
3D printing (SLA, Polyjet, etc.)
A 3 dimensional object is created by a 3D printer that lays down successive layers of material
A computer feeds information from a CAD model to cut an object, a process also called CNC
CNC controls the movement of a lathe, mill or other cutting device to precisely cut out an object or parts
Cut and Sew
The prototypes for soft goods are often created and assembled by hand
Low Production Tooling
Creating tools or other manufacturing aids such as molds, jigs and patterns specific to the project
Quick sketch prototypes can be created and shaped by hand.
Foam and wood are commonly used as they are easy to cut and sand to create forms.
Trident Design has years of experience with licensing and patenting inventions and products in a variety of industries. We have developed a systematic approach to bringing products to market through licensing. We can help guide you through the process.
For most inventors, licensing is often the most cost effective and efficient way to make money with their products or inventions.
We help inventors and product developers identify companies that would be suitable for manufacturing and distributing the chosen products, then we help you secure a fair and equitable royalty arrangement.
Trident Design has dedicated licensing agents committed to the success of every product we represent.
Licensing is done on a contingency basis only, with no upfront fees for our sales efforts.
Video is the most efficient way of telling potential customers about a new product, allowing you to not just explain features and benefits, but also to communicate the emotional qualities of product. It allows you to create a narrative where the problem being solved is clearly laid out, and the product is the hero. An entertaining and compelling video is especially important for crowdfunding campaigns, where many people never even read the written portion, deciding to back based solely on the video. Video is also the best tool for licensing, online promotion, and sales calls. We specialize in product-centric video production and offer a full range of video services, including scripting, storyboarding, shooting, editing and motion graphics. In addition, we can generate exciting and compelling computer animations to demonstrate and explain features and functions.
When explaining the function or construction of an invention, or illustrating possible uses, animation is the most efficient tool. Utilizing both motion graphics and 3D animations, you can show things that would be impractical or impossible to film. Animations capture the imagination and create exciting visual appeal, enabling the storyteller to walk the viewer through complex or subtle scenarios without losing their attention. In addition, animation can be used to give mundane objects flare and personality through movements designed to evoke emotions.
We have extensive experience working with factories to see our designs through to production. We have a thorough understanding of the various manufacturing methods common to consumer products, as well as the cost considerations for each of those methods. Furthermore, we have personal experience with having products produced and sold, so we can help you navigate these challenging processes.
We have established relationships with numerous factories in both the US and Asia providing an array of cost-effective, high-quality manufacturing methods.
Our factory partners can provide you with virtually all types of manufacturing including electronics, die-casting, plastic molding, packaging and assembly.
We have partners that can supervise and inspect the manufacture of your product before costly mistakes are made.
We have done them both, and have relationships with freight forwarders and other necessary service providers to help you establish your own import/export operation.
Prior to your product being shipped, it can be checked for defects, a vital component of any overseas manufacturing operation.
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU TODAY?
HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU TODAY?
We have done everything that we will do for you ourselves. Our designers design, sellers sell, licensers license, and well you get the point hopefully. We get to be in the trenches with you to create something great and launch your product powerfully into the marketplace. Reach out to us today and let’s talk in more detail about which of our services we get to support you on. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started together!