A look at the In House Product Development of FireBoard Labs
New Products at FireBoard develop organically, stemming from the company’s mission of “solving simple problems through the use of smart technology.”
In addition to manufacturing our line of cloud-connected thermometers, FireBoard is continually creating innovative technology requiring a design cycle that incorporates mechanical and electrical disciplines. It is a process with many steps, and we are fortunate to have a group of engineers, designers, and technicians passionate about bringing new products to market.
The process begins with an initial idea, accompanied by physical requirements, technical requirements aesthetic considerations, and consumer research. After this brainstorming phase, the initial design begins, including electrical design. So not only are we 3D printing physical parts to build a tangible item to hold, but we are also creating early circuit board prototypes. FireBoard Founder Ted Conrad explains “Our in-house SMT line speeds up short-run production as we can quickly produce a few dozen boards for beta testing, while also having the capacity to handle production down the road.”
Also here in the early stages, the initial Firmware work begins and revisions are made based on initial testing. Once test fittings are made with prototype parts, tooling can be ordered for prototype production parts.
Next will come the second revision board prototypes, early mechanical first articles, and work toward fully functional firmware.
At this point, we are able to perform beta testing and take the units out into the field making observations. This may result in further prototypes or a small quantity run of the final board version.
If a new product has advanced to this point in the process, product packaging will be finalized, and groundwork will be laid for marketing campaigns including the product’s launch.
As Founder Ted Conrad explains “By being able to iterate through our design process in-house, we can quickly determine what changes need to be made to make the product perform as intended.”