How I designed, prototyped & manufactured my first product.

Take your idea from concept to creation! No design experience needed!
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Take your first idea to market and have fun creating it! Take a simplified approach to learn how to design, prototype and manufacture your first product. Learn how I made my first product in months and how you can too! You'll learn about all of the basic steps you need including:

  • Basic product sketching to move your idea from imagination to illustration.
  • Creating a "Design Kit" for prospective companies looking to license your product.
  • Learn 3D CAD using a free program and create parts and assemblies.
  • Learn about 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC machining services.
  • Find out where to get parts and supplies for free or with discounts.
  • Learn where manufacturers are and what they need from you to create your product.

This course can take a few weeks, a few months... even a few years depending on your idea. However long it will take, you'll gain tons of insight and experience along with numerous network opportunities... all around your first product. Take the steps to make your first of many!

What are the requirements?

  • This course does not cover intellectual property law.
  • Producing a product can take several months... even years through several cycles of each step.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the important details of your product's features, functionality and benefits.
  • Sketch your product with basic shapes using simple drawing techniques.
  • Create your first prototype using everyday items and inexpensive materials.
  • Apply the iteration process to your product details and prototype.
  • Get discount parts and supplies for your product.
  • Design your product with free CAD software.
  • Test your prototype for manufacturing.
  • Choose the right suppliers and manufacturers.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with an idea and a target market.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction & STAGE 1

Learn about this course and the structured stages. Each stage consists of sections and lectures and progression through stages is based on completion or functionality of prototypes.


Learn about the next steps that will be taken in order to describe and draw your first product.

Section 2: Your Product Details
28 pages

Download this template to help compile details about your product. Revisit often and revise as needed throughout the development of your product.


Learn about the details needed to advance your idea from concept to prototype.

Section 3: Product Drawings

Learn practice methods to easily sketch your product using basic shapes and perspective lines.


Learn how to apply the sketching exercises to your product.

Section 4: Make a rough prototype

Learn about the resources and materials to create your first prototype.

Section 5: Iterations = experience

Learn about the importance and value of iterations.

Section 6: Evaluate and reiterate

Learn how to obtain feedback and apply to future iterations.

Section 7: STAGE 2 Requirements

Learn about the required progress needed proceeding to Stage 2.

Section 8: Hardware and parts suppliers for your product

Learn about different sources of supplies and how to obtain samples and discounts.


Learn about common materials and manufacturing methods.

Section 9: CAD basics.

Learn about OnShape CAD software and how to obtain it free. Also learn about basic sketching, extruding and creation of parts.


Learn how to assemble CAD parts using mate functions.


Learn how to apply features such as fillets and chamfers.


Learn about the considerations in design from a manufacturers perspective.

Section 10: Manufacturers

Learn where to get in contact with manufacturers and what to ask.

Section 11: Refined Prototypes

Learn about methods of prototyping and where to go for service providers.

Section 12: Continuous evaluations and iterations.
Keep iterating - keep learning!
Section 13: STAGE 3 Requirements
Stage 3 requirements
Section 14: Moving from refined to production ready prototypes.

Learn where to get a single, production ready prototype.

Section 15: Last step before the first of many more
Which step to take next?

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Instructor Biography

Randy Ganacias, Inventor, Video Producer, Maker of things

Randy has led numerous initiatives throughout his corporate career for over a decade at Apollo Group and University of Phoenix ranging from corporate communications to live streaming events and graduations. After leaving the corporate world, Randy successfully funded his first product on Kickstarter, the MilliMount, a versatile smartphone accessory and has teamed up with Paladin Innovators to equip live mobile streaming to the masses.

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