Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a collection of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions By Category

General

We have been in business since 2008.

Not at all! While we may be based in South Florida, we’ve worked with clients all over the world using conference call software such as Google Meets & Zoom to keep you up to date on the progress of your project. If our physical presence is needed for the project, we’ll even fly out to your location and hand-deliver the result if need be.

Absolutely! We sign an NDA with you right away to absolutely ensure that your idea remains yours. We respect the confidentiality of each and every client and idea to the utmost, so please rest assured, our lips are sealed.

That’s our favorite question. Lime Design is a business, but we take great pride in our work – we personally invest ourselves into each and every project to ensure the highest quality.

We have well over 60 years of experience and we work fast. Many design firms will take months, if not years. We aim to have a functioning prototype in your hands within weeks and help you get product patents, marketing materials, aid in a manufacturing process, and more. We take the service a bit further than other product design businesses and cover just about every aspect of the product development process.

The whole process is limited by your budget. We suggest for you decide what your goal is and plan/budget accordingly, this will give you a better chance of reaching your goal.

Having enough funds to develop your idea is a vital step in the product development process. Here are a few ways you can raise funds to get your project on its feet. 

  1. Self-funding. This is a great way to get your project started, and allows us to get the preliminary phases done. We highly encourage you to seek investors to further fund your project, so you can rapidly develop your idea.
  2. Friends & Family. Who best to back you than your friends and family? Got a cousin that believes in your idea? Offer them a partnership for a small percentage of the company (10-20% max), Maybe your dad is a heart surgeon who you can guilt-trip a few bucks out of. 
  3. Getting A Loan. Business loans, bank loans, private loans… A loan is a great way to get the money you need to further develop your project or idea right away. 
  4. Crowdfunding. Kickstarter, Gofundme, and Indiegogo are a few of the online resources you can utilize to have people around the world help fund your project to completion! Some platforms, such as Kickstarter, are all or nothing funding.
  5. Invention-Themed Reality TV. One of our clients had appearances on both Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Edison Nation’s Everyday Edisons, where he received not one, but two different offers to have his product ideally fully funded. 

Patenting

Yes, we offer various patent protection aid for your ideas such as drawings, writings, and designs. We closely work with a few trusted patent attorneys to help you patent your idea, ensuring that it remains yours and yours alone.

There are 3 main types of patents.

Utility Patent  |  Design Patent  |  Plant Patents

Once you have an idea for a product, it’s a good idea to get a provisional patent. This patent will protect you for a year but then after this time, you have to apply for a real patent. Such as a design patent, utility patent, or plant patent. These patents will protect your idea for 15-25 years.

No, this is our number one of our most frequently asked questions. Patenting is better to do after your product has been deemed feasible. You can potentially waste time and money patenting too early.

Product Development

Awesome! You are already on your way to being a professional inventor. Now you have to decide how far you want to develop your idea. The main stages are | Sketch | 3D Model | Prototype | Manufactured Final Product. Here at Lime Design, we can help you take your idea to any of these stages. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we can help you understand the product development process.

If you’re not ready to start bringing your idea to life yet, take a look around our frequently asked questions to help you get more informed on the world of inventing.

Every idea or invention is very different in regards to complexity, size, materials, and other variables. That being said, having a budget of roughly $10,000+ for the development of less complex projects will be enough to get started. Contact us to set up a discovery call with our team of engineers and we will give you an accurate quote of what your project will cost to bring to life.

Every product takes a different amount of time to bring to life, depending on its complexity. It also depends on what stage you’re going to. For example, prototypes take less time than a full manufacturer-ready product. So for a fully ready product, you can expect a minimum of 5-6 months and a maximum of 12-14 months. But again every project differs, so take this with a grain of salt.

Manufacturing

Yes, we’ve taken a lot of our client’s products to manufacturers. We are in contact with a vast amount of manufacturers. When it comes time to manufacture your product we will go through all our manufacturers and compare apples to apples to find you the best price.

We are in contact with manufacturers all over the world. If you plan to manufacture your product in the USA or China, we have manufacturing partners in both countries. It all depends on the client’s preference.

Marketing

Of course! We can design your packaging and logos in Adobe Illustrator to stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, utilizing 3D software we can craft photorealistic renderings or animations of your product for digital storefronts, magazines, and then some. Animated ads are also well within our scope of work for marketing materials, blending both 2D and 3D.

Engineering

Yes this is one of our most frequently asked questions, we’ve taken a lot of our client’s products to manufacturers. We are in contact with a vast amount of manufacturers. When it comes time to manufacture your product we will go through all our manufacturers and compare apples to apples to find you the best price.

Product Design

There is so much that sets us apart from our competitors. Starting with the way we include our clients every step of the way. Bringing products to life with them, not for them. 

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