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Pre-Manufacturing Retainer Engagement

A custom engagement designed for companies preparing for high-volume production that want or require more hands-on manufacturing input leading into production.

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Great for

  • Companies engaged in design and engineering phases of product development and prototyping 
  • Companies seeking experienced manufacturing input in their pre-production planning to mitigate future risks
  • Companies interested in understanding implications of various design and engineering decisions on manufacturing and supply chain costs, quality, and schedule
  • Companies working with a product development partner, that are seeking to incorporate manufacturing strategy and planning into the process as early as possible

More details

  • Traditional activities include:
    • Cost estimates performed at key milestones
    • Cost reduction support including sourcing new components and estimating cost impact of design changes on fabricated part changes, BOM changes, and reduction of labor content
    • DFM reviews performed at key milestones
    • Suggestions for cost reduction strategies developed during DFM reviews
    • Sourcing support
  • Overall manufacturing strategy and guidance


  • Incorporating overall manufacturing strategy and planning as early as possible in your product development process
  • Identification of potential cost reduction opportunities, schedule challenges, and downstream quality challenges
  • Risk reduction for component selection that could lead to long lead times impacting overall schedule
  • Ongoing insights into the manufacturability of your product, reducing the time spent in fine-tuning your design once you’ve selected your CM 
  • Early identification and introduction to suppliers and vendors verified by the Dragon team
  • Budgetary insights to inform internal project approval or investor due diligence prior to fundraising, and/or setting pricing
  • A team-based support approach that includes a dedicated Project Manager, backed by Dragon’s sourcing team, quality experts, and broader global team, providing the complete set of skills and expertise throughout the entire manufacturing life cycle

Engagement Framework

  • A retainer engagement with pricing based on product complexity / number of components, and estimated cycles by the Dragon team


  • Defined roles and responsibilities for product design and engineering activities
  • Plans for high-volume production with corresponding volume projections / projected MOQs


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