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Hi, I've designed a piece of furniture and want to get it mass produced but don't know where to go to find a company that could. I've typed "mass producing furniture" as well as other derivatives into google and cant find a company. Any ideas?
You will first need to build a prototype if you haven't already. Then do a production design study that will determine how each part will be made, to what tolerances, etc. Finishes have to be decided, as well as packaging and shipping.
You have to find someone to work with that can ramp up or down - will you need 10 units a month or 10 per hour? No one will give you any price until you can give them firm parameters. Change parameters, and everything else changes.
Like a hot potato, someone has to define the thing before the thing can come to be. That burden falls to you.
Well, good luck with that. Chances are that the design has either, already been done, or isn't worth doing. Go out and get some honest opinions about your design before you pursue this any further.
Getting a sizable order is generally a good way to get the ball rolling. In lieu of an outside order, you're looking at making that first order yourself. Order 100 or 1000 pieces, whatever quantity makes sense for the design/price-point from the furniture company of your choice. All you need is cash. Are you having trouble finding furniture manufacturers that take cash?
What is your initial quantity? How do you want to proceed?
I have made many prototypes over the years - worked out the bugs so to speak. I do have capability for further part specification and production if that is what you need.
You can send me drawings thru the website, or continue the conversation any way you wish. We often do this work on a time and material basis; the best deal for you and for us, where we both are happy and want to continue.
ThomasNet is a suppliers/manufacturers directory that might help. All of the furniture around you was built by someone, so don't loose heart. Check out some furniture that you like: there's nothing like a 3D portfolio. Look for cabinetmakers/furnituremakers in your area: phone book, search engine. These are basic kinds of things, so I'm thinking that you must have a pretty tough filter that's kicking most of these companies and craftspeople out of the contest right away. Clue us in. "Mass", for instance, is an unspecific quantity and means very little about quality, so you might get appropriate suggestions by being a bit more specific.