ODM projects

How to proceed your projects step by step
Q&A for ODM
To show you how an idea becomes a product, we will describe it in the form of Q&A and use some photos/videos of a real project we'd completed as examples.

You can picture your ideas as possible as you can, and put it in the email. If you have made the sample, that will shorten the developing time.


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Fire Wallet

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From an idea to the completion of the product prototype, three stages are required, namely the feasibility study, the designing stage, and the prototype stage. Taking the Fire Wallet as an example, each stage is explained as follows:

ODM Stages

Feasibility Study

Designing Stage

Prototype Making

Feasibility study

We will evaluate the feasibility of your ideas. First, we will do some tests to find a possible way to develop it. Then we will begin to evaluate the following conditions:

– Can the idea be achieved technically?
– What is the supply status of related materials?
– Can it be modularized and do mass production?
– How much does this project cost after a rough estimate?
– What is the ex-factory price of the product?
– Can the product arouse the attention and interest of the market?

Of course, the above-mentioned information, such as the cost to invest in, the market acceptance on selling price, and product function, is also helpful in your own evaluation.

The following continues an example of Fire Wallet to illustrate the “feasibility study”.

# Solution 1

Lighter Ignition

  • The failure rate is too high.
  • It makes too much noise.
  • The wallet becomes too thick, and the appearance looks not good.
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# Solution 2

Fire Glow Ignition

  • The probability of successful ignition is 90%.
  • There is no noise problem.
  • It’s a bit slow to emit the flame.
  • When it ignites, the fire glow becomes very hot, so it is dangerous in use.

# Solution 3

Electric Arc Ignition

  • The probability of successful ignition is 100%.
  • To emit the flame, it’s quicker to use an electric arc to ignite than use a lighter or fire glow.
  • When you ignite, the electric arc becomes hot, but the high temperature lasts for only a short time. Compared with the fire glow, using an electric arc is less dangerous.
  • The cost of the electric arc is about $1.50 higher than the fire glow.
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Designing stage

After finding the most feasible solution, we will start designing the product. We will offer design suggestions, including the appearance, the function, and the rough cost to our client. They can evaluate whether our design meets their expectation.  The following continues an example of Fire Wallet to explain the “designing stage”.

Prototype stage

After the design is confirmed, we will start to produce the prototype of the product. Usually, it is necessary to make several versions of the prototype to determine all the product details fully.

With the prototype approved by the client, we can evaluate more accurately the following conditions:

1). MOQ of mass production: 3K

2). The unit price of the product

3). Related mold costs

4). Lead time for mass production

5). The delivery of the pre-production sample. Before mass production, we will send a pre-production sample for the client’s final confirmation. At this time, slight improvements can also be made upon request.

6). For electronic products, FCC or CE certification may be required.

7). Customized packaging of the product

8). The total amount to be invested in the first order

According to the table below, from feasibility study to pre-production stage (No. 1~ No. 5), it takes about 12~18 weeks (3~4.5 months). Regarding the cost, we don’t charge you in feasibility study, designing or mass-run sample stages (No. 1, 2, 5). Your cost mainly falls on making prototypes (No.3) and tooling (No. 4). Due to different complexity in each project, the costs of these two stages will be different. Generally speaking, it’s around few thousands in each stage.

After these stages are done, it’s time to prepare for mass production. At this time, the main cost is the order amount (that is, the u/p of the product multiplied by the order q’ty), plus a few hundred dollars in FCC/CE certification (if necessary) and sample fee for making packaging box and lining.

No. Stage Time required Estimated cost (USD)
Feasibility study
2~4 weeks
Designing stage
2 weeks
Prototype stage
4~6 weeks
By case
Tooling-making stage
2~4 weeks
By case
Pre-production sample
2 weeks
FCC or CE application
1 week
Few hundreds
Packaging sample
1 week
Few hundreds
Mass-run stage
4~6 weeks


16~20 weeks

No. 3+4+6+7+8

  • About the time required in the prototype stage, please note that the example given here is an electronic product, and it usually takes 6 weeks when 3 versions of the prototype were done. For a non-electronic product, it usually needs to make 2 versions of the prototypes, and it takes about 4 weeks. So it takes less time than an electronic product. Besides, the prototype fee for non-electronic products is relatively a little bit lower.

  • In the above table, you will see in No. 6. FCC/CE application, 7. Packaging sample, and 8. Mass-run stage, the time required is separately indicated. But in fact, they can be carried out simultaneously, so the total time required for these three stages is 4-6 weeks. In addition, if the product is non-electronic, there is no need to apply for FCC or CE certification, so this fee will not be incurred.

  • In mass production, because the MOQ of many raw materials requires 3K~5K or it needs some start-up fees during processing, that’s why we set 3K as the MOQ of the order. If the customer only needs 1.5K or 2K, generally speaking, we will allocate the cost of over-purchased materials to the order quantity of the customer. As a result, the unit price of the product may be a few dollars higher, but it can meet customer’s needs for smaller orders.

1). Usually, we will provide various box types for you to choose.

2). After the box type is decided, we will arrange the lining placement and provide you a template according to the product size.

3). Based on the template, you can start designing your packaging box.

4). After receiving your design, we will make a sample accordingly. The sample fee is $200.

5). After the sample is confirmed, we will start the mass production of your packaging boxes.

As for box inner linings, 3 types are commonly used: the sponge, EVA, and the blister. Their unit prices are similar. The table below is a description of their advantages and disadvantages.

Material Advantage Disadvantage Range of application


Tooling cost is low. The die-cut fee is few dozens of dollars.
The item may not be firmly fixed when put in the sponge.
Non-electronic products


Tooling cost is low. The die-cut fee is dozens of dollars.
The item may not be firmly fixed as putting in EVA.
Non-electronic products


The item can be firmly fixed, and the accessories can be placed at the bottom.
Tooling cost is slightly higher.
Electronic products

If your product idea is suitable for sales on our platform, we can cooperate with you, too. That is, the relationship between us can change from a supplier-customer relationship to a partnership.

We need you to participate in the development of the project. All R&D and mass production costs are fully paid by us, except for the cost in the prototype stage (it’s about a few thousand dollars. Please refer to the “prototype stage” in Question 4.), which is paid by you.

When the product goes on sale, you will get a certain percentage of the product price as a reward.

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