Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

The manufacturing triangle: The key to hardware success

Scott Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)
5:25pm–6:05pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Get It Made
Location: Fire House
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Prerequisite Knowledge

Hardware companies who are past the "idea" or "rendering" stage and have actually arrived at a functional looks like/works like prototype stage will gain the most from this presentation.


Fueled by 3D printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and crowdfunding, getting from idea to prototype has never been easier. However, the journey from prototype through manufacturing to finished product in customers’ hands remains a challenge. Many well-funded and technologically savvy teams fail to survive the manufacturing journey.

To successfully build a product, it is essential to understand and control the manufacturing triangle: Cost, quality and schedule. Prioritization is determined by the market segment, Consumer Electronics, Toys, and Medical. In his presentation, Scott N. Miller, CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation, will discuss the key factors that affect each point of the triangle and provide strategies to efficiently move through the manufacturing process.

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Scott Miller

Dragon Innovation, Inc.

Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro. At iRobot, he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to a high volume product of the first 3 million units.

Since founding Dragon Innovation, Scott has enjoyed working with hundreds of companies to provide expertise from DFM to factory selection, through project management and sustaining engineering.

Scott received his bachelors from Dartmouth and masters from MIT.