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IFAI’s Makers Division presents webinar series on prototypes

News | February 14, 2018 | By:

The Makers Division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is offering a series of one-hour webinars that explore the prototype-development process from the first client conversation to legal liabilities. Participants will learn how to increase their company’s bottom line while decreasing risk. Webinars are free for IFAI members and cost $25 for nonmembers.

Chad Miller, director of contract manufacturing for American National Manufacturing Inc., will lead the webinar series. Miller has expertise in the medical, industrial, aviation, recreation, marine, automotive, safety and other industries. His current work includes overseeing and developing prototypes for sleep systems, inflatables, air and water bladders, custom products, aviation customization, children’s products and the toy industry.

Upcoming webinars in the series include:

Prototypes and Timing: Setting a Realistic Timeline with Clients

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 1 p.m. CST

Discover the eight phases of setting a realistic timeline for prototype development including design inputs, engineering, proposals, validation and more. Prevent surprises in the manufacturing process by learning key information to determine before you establish a timeline. For more information or to register, visit

Prototypes: Cost Considerations for Prototypes and Production

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1 p.m. CST

Develop a cost-effective plan for prototype development with this webinar. Learn about often overlooked costs in technical, administrative time, shipping and more, which can eat away at your bottom line. For more information or to register, visit

Prototypes: Safety Considerations and Regulations

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1 p.m. CST

Not knowing about safety risks and regulations is no excuse when it comes to the law. This webinar discusses product use and how it effects safety. Learn about warranties, warnings and cautions that create safe behavior and protect your company. Learn the basics of liability insurance and governing bodies that oversee product safety to prevent injury and liabilities. For more information or to register, visit

Prototypes: Contracts and Legal Issues

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1 p.m. CST

Protect your business, products and intellectual property with legal contracts. This webinar discusses the regulatory agencies and the roles they play in prototype development as well as the benefits and basics of nondisclosure agreements, trademarks, patents and liability contracts. For more information or to register, visit

Navigating the First Prototype Conversation: Five Questions You Need to Ask!

Available anytime online free to IFAI members at

Don’t let unrealistic client expectations and too little information rule your development process and plans. Learn five essential questions to ask in your first client prototype conversation to reveal the true scope of the project and determine if you have the right expertise.

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