How I designed, prototyped & manufactured my first product.
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How I designed, prototyped & manufactured my first product.

Take your idea from concept to creation! No design experience needed!
4.5 (28 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
546 students enrolled
Created by Randy Ganacias
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • This course does not cover intellectual property law.
  • Producing a product can take several months... even years through several cycles of each step.

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!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with an idea and a target market.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
Introduction & STAGE 1
2 Lectures 01:42

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.

Preview 01:03

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

Preview 00:39
Your Product Details
2 Lectures 01:49

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

DOWNLOAD: Your Product Details TEMPLATE
28 pages

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

Preview 01:49
Product Drawings
2 Lectures 37:31

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

Preview 17:38

Learn how to apply the sketching exercises to your product.

Example sketch
Make a rough prototype
1 Lecture 05:04

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

Rough Prototype
Iterations = experience
1 Lecture 00:57

Learn about the importance and value of iterations.

Evaluate and reiterate
1 Lecture 01:47

Learn how to obtain feedback and apply to future iterations.

Feedback and Evaluation
STAGE 2 Requirements
1 Lecture 00:07

Learn about the required progress needed proceeding to Stage 2.

Prerequisites before moving to Stage 2
Hardware and parts suppliers for your product
2 Lectures 10:29

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


Learn about common materials and manufacturing methods.

Materials and manufacturing methods
CAD basics.
4 Lectures 48:44

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

Make parts for your product with OnShape CAD

Learn how to assemble CAD parts using mate functions.

Assembling parts

Learn how to apply features such as fillets and chamfers.

Adding fillet and chamfer features

Learn about the considerations in design from a manufacturers perspective.

Manufacturing Considerations
1 Lecture 08:00

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

Connecting with Manufacturers
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About the Instructor
Randy Ganacias
4.5 Average rating
28 Reviews
546 Students
1 Course
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.