As a general rule manufactures are eager to help you. But they ARE NOT eager to EDUCATE you. They make their money from producing products for YOU (and other companies) to sell. Too often naive inventors say they seek a "manufacturer" when what they actually mean is a "licensee." Licensee's sign a licensing deal with you and agree to pay you royalties while they deal with all the issues of development, manufacturing, and selling. Licensees often do not have manufacturing capabilities in-house, they contract that out to manufacturers. And many manufacturers have no in-house development capabilities at all, they depend on you to bring them exact specifications, usually in a computer file suitable for their equipment. Some may have some expertise in the fields/materials they work in but many will not. Educate yourself first so that you at least know enough to know the questions you need to be asking and who to be asking them of.
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