Pillars of Cortex Manufacturing Services

Manufacturing can be a daunting consideration.

If you’re just getting started in the product design process, it can seem far off.

You might be looking for a design firm now and thinking that you’ll find the right manufacturing partner later.

But design has a long tail: decisions made at the design stage must be informed by the manufacturing strategy.

Failing to account for this can be the difference between whether your product succeeds or fails.

Here’s what you need to consider.



Getting a manufacturer excited about your product is a massive and often underestimated factor in your success. Ultimately, like most things in business, it comes down to relationships. It pays to have someone in your corner who has built those relationships with multiple vendors and has the ongoing business volume to support them.

Key considerations:

  • Building vendor relationships
  • Onshore vs. offshore manufacturing
  • Right-sizing your vendors


Cash is king – but quality is the vehicle to that cash when finished products start to ship. Avoiding quality issues in the manufacturing process is the best way to drive the precious market resonance you need. If your product breaks on arrival, or soon after, solving other problems is like rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

Key considerations:

  • Quality Management Systems
  • Whether to build your own QMS in-house
  • Maintaining product resonance


You already know how to do this, don’t you? Negotiate the lowest possible cost at the highest possible quality. Done.

This approach does not work. It only emphasizes one stakeholder’s priorities: yours. Making this equation matter for all stakeholders is essential to the success of the product. That includes you, your manufacturing partner, and your customers.

Key considerations:

  • Order size matters
  • Hacking production costs
  • Cost strategies


It’s not enough to design a product. It must also go through the regulatory process to be released for sale in a particular market. Having a good regulatory strategy is key once you’ve established that you’re ready for manufacturing — and part of being ready for manufacturing is understanding and addressing your regulatory requirements.

Key considerations:

  • ISO-13485
  • FDA Classification
  • Working with test labs and certification


Core Manufacturing Services We Provide:

  • PCB Layout
  • PCB Prototyping and Quick Turn Assembly
  • PCB Assembly and Production
  • Contract Manufacturing (CM)
  • CNC Production
  • Metal Die Casting
  • Fabrication (Welding, Sheet Metal, etc.)
  • High-Volume Metal Stamping
  • Cable Assemblies
  • Plastic Injection Molding
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Design without production is meaningless.

Production without design is fatal.

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