Hardware Development
Crash Course

Learn hardware product development as you push your idea to a functional prototype.

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You will learn

Concept Creation

Learn strategies for creating concepts that solve the identified problem.

Design for Manufacturing

Learn the most important considerations when designing for mass manufacturing.

3D Modelling

Learn the basics of parametric modelling to start bringing your product into 3D.

Prototyping

Learn about common prototyping technologies and how to select ones suitable for your product.

Electronics

Learn how to prototype the electronics of your product using Arduino microcontrollers.

Common Mistakes

Save time and money by learning about common pitfalls in hardware development and how to avoid them.

Who this Course is for

The course is for entrepreneurs and innovators who want to better understand the process of taking hardware products to market. No previous knowledge of mechanical or electrical engineering is necessary.

Start developing your hardware idea and be more informed when making hires.


The Teacher

Tony Larsson headshot

Hello, I'm Tony Larsson.

Born an eternal tinkerer I have been doing hardware products as long as I can remember. Today I run a boutique agency that helps mid-sized companies develop consumer electronics.

I created this course to transmit my knowledge and hard-won experience in product development.

Apart from learning the tools necessary for creating successful hardware products, I hope you will feel the excitement of having ones ideas come into reality.


Course Content

Video Lessons

Each topic in the curriculum includes a video lesson that teaches you the fundamentals of the area that we are focusing on. There are 30+ videos that average about 10 min in length.

After each video we provide you with additional resources to deepen your understanding as you apply the new knowledge to your project.

Video lessons given by instructor

Interactive Quizzes

The platform includes interactive quizzes to help you practice and test your knowledge.

These quizzes will have you learning about manufacturing, business practices, prototyping and much more, all while moving your idea towards reality.

Interactive quizzes for learning

Interactive Quizzes

The platform includes interactive quizzes to help you practice and test your knowledge.

These quizzes will have you learning about manufacturing, business practices, prototyping and much more, all while moving your idea towards reality.

Tools & Resources

Apart from the video lessons and quizzes the platform lists various tools and resources that are useful when developing hardware products.

For each resource we provide a summary for how you can best integrate it into your development workflow.

Software tools and web pages

From Idea to Prototype

Guide your idea to a prototype that will help you conduct user research and seek investment. Do not worry if you do not have idea yet as we will spend the first part of the course on concept creation.

Enroll now and gain the knowledge necessary for developing successful hardware products.


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Curriculum

Concept Creation
  • Defining product requirements
  • How to use mood boards
  • Conducting customer research
  • Getting creative
Design for Manufacturing
  • Polymeric materials overview
  • Metallic materials overview
  • Designing for injection moulding
  • Designing for casting
  • Designing for CNC milling
3D Modelling
  • Creating sketches
  • Creating bodies
  • Follow along
  • Rendering images
  • Best practices
Prototyping
  • 3D printing
  • Casting prototypes
  • CNC milling
Electronics
  • Arduino & Prototyping
  • Battery technology
  • Sensors overview
Common Mistakes
  • Choosing a business model
  • How to budget development
  • Certification requirements
  • Pros & cons of crowdfunding

Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q

When does the course start and finish?

Once you've enrolled, you have lifetime access to the course. Work at your own pace—there is no deadline to finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course.

What if I decide the course isn't for me?

We'll be happy to issue you a refund within the first 7 days after your purchase date if you're unhappy for any reason.

What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?

At the beginning of the course you will only need your computer and some paper to sketch on. Later as we delve into prototyping and electronics we'll walk through different options for microcontrollers, tools and components. The cost of these will depend on the type of product you want to build.

What do I do if I need help?

If you need help with something related to the course, please contact tony@hardwareonrails.com or use the chat on this page.

Will I receive a certificate upon completing the course?

Yes. Once you have completed all the lessons you will receive a certificate with your name on it.

Learn Hardware Development Now

Guide your idea to reality as you learn what it takes to develop successful hardware products.

Get lifetime access to all content.