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Introduction: How to Manufacture Your Own Designer Toy or Start a New Small Business

      I want to start with full disclosure. I am a trained and practicing industrial designer. I have spent the last 15 years deeply immersed in both traditional and cutting edge visualization and prototyping tools. This particular project was possible because of all that i have learned and the tools i have access to through professional relationships. However, because of this amazing time we are living in most of these tools are becoming easier and easier to get access to.

     This is my first Instructable, I am primarily interested in sharing my process because i had a lot of fun with it and also want to encourage more making. A second less intrinsic reason for posting is to enter the "make it real challenge". Although i have access to some amazing tools my personal projects are always limited by the boundaries of my professional relationship. Having unmitigated access to certain technologies would give me complete freedom to pursue projects of unparalleled absurdity.

   So, in a step by step personal diary format i present to you the Ice Scream Man or The Birth of Brutherford Industries.

Step 1: Content

I have a long history of goofing off and generating images, models and sometimes even products with the express purpose of making people laugh.  In august of 2011 i worked up a digital doodle and shared it on my blog which i thought maybe 8 people even knew about.

The model started with some basic volume created in Solidworks, I prefer to start most of my digital modeling in a program like Solidworks because as far as 3-d modeling goes it is my native language and really helps me understand the scale i'm working in.

Once i have a basic form and proportion i am happy with i'll transition to another more freeform type modeling program.
In this case that program is actually called Sensable Freeform. This program is operated by a haptic sculpting device that  allows you to "feel" your model and provides for a much more sculptural manipulation of your digital file.
You'll see the progression from step 1 which was a fairly controlled geometry through step 5 where i was pushing and pulling the model in to a more organic shape.

Initially i was only interested in a rendering and not an actual physical output, but once i decided to bring the product in to the real world the model made one more trip back in to Solidworks for some engineering details since i wanted to make the base and cone in two parts that had to fit together well.

Step 2: Share

After creating the file i shared it on my blog and Facebook, which i though would only reach my friends.
As it turns out my blog had a further reach than i thought and it was imensly inspiring to get possitive feedback from strangers.
Shortly after this  I joined Instagram and shared some images there and again the support from strangers Inspired me to push on.

Step 3: Prototype

I was able to use an Objet Eden 350v to bring my 3-d files in to the real world.
The process is similar to an inkjet printer in that the machine uses liquid cartridges of resin to feed moving print heads.
After each pass of the print head the resin is cured with UV light and the print plane moves down away from the print head just a tiny bit. 

The object is born in a gelatinous snot of support material that is removed in a power wash cabinet, it's like a dental water pic with the water pressure of a fire hose. After that the models take a swim in a bath of sodium hydroxide (drain cleaner)  to further remove support material, then back to the power washer for a final rinse.

Once dry , i hit them with a little krylon primer and a quick topcoat, high gloss for the ice cream and matte for the cone.

Step 4: Learn and Refine

Turns out all that stuff i said at the beginning of this instructable about understanding scale doesn't mean anything if you're not actually starting with a reasonable point of reference.

Since i didn't know i was actually going to be producing this piece when i started the original 3-d file i was just kind of winging it on scale. I dropped a ruler in my oen palm and took a guess at the size of an ice cream cone in reference, i know i have hands like a gorilla so i even made some conservative adjustments to try to be safe.

I guess i wasn't conservative enough because the prototype looked awesome but was 30% larger than a real cone.

I got my giant hand on a real ice cream cone and rescaled my model and then reprinted it.

This time i knew the printed part was going to be a master for a mold so i took a lot more care in finishing it.
Many slow coats of primer to fill the small texture that is inherent to the printing process, then a lot high grit sanding to smooth it out.  This was followed by a few coats of high gloss on the ice cream to insure my mold would cast with a gloss surface and matte on the cone to get a nice contrast in material finish as well as color.

The image of the blue ice cream and grey cone is the master after all of the prep.

Step 5: Get All Fired Up and Go Way Overboard

At this point I've got a master, I'm thinking about making a single silicone mold and casting some solid resin pieces but all the sudden things start blowing up on instagram and twitter and I'm getting hundreds of email asking where the ice scream man is available.

I start looking in to different ways to produce the Ice scream man in larger numbers. I could easily just source the project in china and be done with it. In fact that would likely have been cheaper and easier than where i ended up.

Instead i started scouring the internet for small manufacturing equipment, it wasn't long before i found a vintage rotocasting machine. it was a model that was widely produced in the 60's and 70's and sold to vocational schools as a training device. but is actually perfect for the scale of these types of collector toys. The story was that it was purchased by the school and never turned on...score!!! When the machine arrived it appeared that the story was true, the machine was clean and the heating elements looked like they'd never been hot unfortunately the entire unit was smashed in transit.

I was able to rebuild it, maybe later I'll do a whole instructable on rebuilding a vintage rotational molder.
For now, someone smarter than I has already created one for building a roto molder from scratch.
thanks Psedoreid

Step 6: Make Some Decisions and Make Some Molds

At first i had planned to use PVC for my Ice Scream Man  like any good designer toy maker, I made a high temperature test mold and learned pretty quickly that i was going to end up spending more money on energy costs keeping the oven hot than i was on anything else and the cycle times of this little operation would be incredibly prohibitive.

I did some research and ultimately landed back where most DIY toy makers do, Urethane resin.
turns out if you process it in a standard silicone mold under rotation with a little bit of heat you get really good results.

The simplified version of  building a silicone mold:

-spend a lot of time prepping your master as discusse din step 4 of this project
-define the parting line on your master with a clay wall
-1 important thing to note about a rotational casting mold is that it does not need vents or a gate as you will simply load material when the mold is open.
-build walls around your master
-mix up and degas your silicone and pour it over your piece
-remove the walls flip the mold and remove the clay wall being careful not to disturb the portion of the master now encased in silicone.
-coat all surfaces of new silicone with mold release
-build new walls
-mix, degas, pour second side

BOOM!!! Mold Done

The mold making process is standard and  should be documented in it's own instructable
Oh look... it already is  thanks bofthem


At this point it's a whole lot of wash, rinse repeat.

I premix my color in to the resin 1 gallon at a time for consistency, then just measure part A and part B mix, pour, close the molds, load them in the machine and turn it on.

I figured out the minimum time the resin would take to gel in the molds, then the total time it took to stabilize and built enough mold cavities so i could cycle the molds out of the machine and in to a staging area as soon as the resin gelled. This cost a little more in upfront mold investment but maximized my production time.

Once the resin is set and ready to come out of the mold the product is mostly done, there is small amount of flash where the mold opens that is cleaned up with a high grit sanding disc.

the parts are cleaned up with some alcohol and the cones are bonded to the base with cyanoacrylate (super glue).

the base is stamped with our logo...maybe someone already has an instructable on making stamps?
thanks jovolomo

the edition is signed , numbered and... oh crap... we need packaging.

Step 8: Packaging Solutions

I really wanted the product to have a nice solid quality package but i didn't want the package to end up costing more than the piece itself. It was also important to me to try to source everything in the project domestically, so far my manufacturing equipment and raw materials were domestic product, i just thought it would be nice if the packaging were as well.

One major advantage i had was, my amazing  wife, Tamara Petrosino. She is a fantastic illustrator who gets my strange humor. She whipped out a kick ass graphic for the package in no time.

We played around with sourcing custom printed and die-cut materials and ultimately found a stock box  that fit the product perfectly and then we were able to source a simple slip on sleeve from another local supplier.

Step 9: Now You've Got a Business

At some point during this process i realized it might be a good idea to treat the whole project as a real business since up to this point it had become a giant hole where i liked to throw all my money.

speak to an account and a lawyer , form an llc, s-corp or whatever else they advise

file federal and state tax paper work

if you are doing business on the web and are not a web designer and programmer (as i am not)
hire someone who is

if you're not going with an off the shelf shopping cart and payment processor (as i did not)
do your research and understand what you are getting in to

decide which payments you will accept and apply for merchant accounts with each

Decide on your shipper LEARN EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THEM, they will be hugely important to your operation.

When all that is in order SPAM THE HELL out of anyone who has ever shown even the slightest bit of interest in what your doing.


HAHAHAHAHAH yeah right.... I haven't gotten to that point, i'll follow up here when i do.

Step 11: Where We Stand 8 Months Since the Inception of the Ice Scream Man

We're not swimming in gold coins Scrooge Mcduck style but we have shipped to 30+ states, Canada, France, England, Sweeden, Italy, New Zealand and  Switzerland. We also now have retail partners in New York, Chicago, Sacramento Paris, London and Rome.

To be clear, i've said "we" quite a bit through this description, we are Brutherford Industries, Brutherford Industries is Ryan Rutherford, Tamara Petrosino, a couple cats and countless friends and family members who've assisted in everything from production to packing and shipping and sharing everything we've done all over the internet.

We had a lot of fun getting here and we plan to have a lot more fun as we keep on rolling and make more stuff.

Brutherford Industries

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Custom Toy Manufacturers

Custom toy manufacturers are so many that choosing the best to work with becomes tedious.

There are different ways to get a good toymaker that will meet your requirements and get the job done as expected. One of the easiest and most effective ways is to search online and find a company, do background research on the company and get a quote.

If you’re concerned about getting the best price for your project, you may get quotations from the best companies and select the one that meets your budget.

This article contains a list of the best custom toy manufacturing companies worldwide. Each of them accepts online orders and ships the completed products to any part of the world.

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List of Custom Toy Manufacturers

This is the list of custom plush toy makers that specialize in manufacturing plastic toys, resin toys, and several other types. They produce custom action figures, pets, and many more. A link to the website of each company is included.

1 Make My Toy

Make My Toy is a family-owned business that manufactures custom plush toys for clients worldwide. The company has created toys for various customers ranging from individuals to corporations, non-profit organizations and start-up businesses.

They believe they should be chosen over other manufacturers because they offer personalized services, competitive prices, and less stress during the whole process. Also, they believe they have the experience, resources, and design expertise needed for high-quality toys.

Related:Top 30 Toy Brands in the World

2 Custom Toy MFG

This is a China-based toy manufacturer that produces several types of custom toys like plush toys, action figures, plastic toys, and vinyl figures. They strive to produce quality toys that are 100% based on their clients’ specifications.

This company has a large factory where the toys are manufactured and graphically showcases it on the official website. Some of the major physical structures showcased on the website include the front view of the factory, tooling and molding building, and assembly area.

3 Symbiote Studios

Symbiote Studios is an American company with offices in the USA and China. They specialize in creating vinyl, plastic, resin, silicone, and plush toys. They’ve offered their services to several popular companies including SEGA.

It’s good to know that the company handles most of the whole process to reduce your stress and allow you to focus on other aspects of your business. They take care of the design, manufacture, and shipping process when you work with them.

Related:Top 12 Toy Companies in Germany

4 Happy Worker

This is a Canada-based toy manufacturing company that has been around since 2002. They started small with a big idea and have grown to become a reputable and recognized company in the industry. Happy Worker has a dedicated team of workers that collectively work together behind the scene to create high-quality toys.

The toy company has an internal manufacturing process that contains hundreds of details and 65 steps to be taken. They specialize in making stress toys, plush toys, polystone toys, vinyl figures, action figures, and other collectibles.

5 China MS Vinyl Toys Company

This is an established toy manufacturing company with over 20 years of experience. They specialize in the production of various types of custom made toys including vinyl, resin, and PVC toys. They have a big factory with a complete production chain plus a team of professional engineers and quality control experts.

There are several reasons why you should work with this company; they have a reasonable production time, allow you to check product quality by offering a free sample, and correct errors without additional payment.


This is an internationally certified custom plush toy maker located in China. RAYIWELL specializes in the production of plush toys, stuffed animals, soft toys, and baby toys. They employ their years of experience in ensuring that they complete clients’ job within a reasonable timeframe while keeping safety in mind. Each toy they manufacture goes through a series of quality checks to make sure that they’re environmental and child-friendly.

This company has many globally recognized certifications such as ICTI, Disney, SEDEX, BCSI, Disney, and SGS.

7 Stuffed Animal Pros

This is your go-to company if you’re an individual or small business that needs custom toys in a low quantity. They handle orders from as low as 1 to as high as 10,000+. They work with individual artists, book authors, small companies, non-profit organizations, and fortune 500 companies.

The company assigns a project manager to you who makes sure that your specifications and design requirements are all considered and put to use. Their process is pretty simple; you get a quote, order your sample and give approval, and your toys are produced and shipped to you.

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8 CanaBears

CanaBears collaborates with 2 custom toy manufacturers in China to produce high-quality plush toys. They can ship their products to any part of the world by partnering with 2 freight forwarders in Canada.

CanaBears is a Canadian company that has been serving customers since 2008. Since establishment, they have been converting company illustrations, team mascots, and custom logos into plush toys whether as gifts or for retail or promotional purposes. They have worked with a lot of clients including authors, universities, schools, sports teams, hospitals, and dental offices.

9 RB Toy Design

This is a very old toy company that has been in existence since 1966. They specialize in the production of custom plush toys and dolls and have been serving both domestic and overseas clients. Also, they manufacture custom doll accessories and toy safety materials according to your specifications and design requirements.

Like other manufacturers, they also take care of design, production, and shipping for their clients.

10 Pampanga Teddy Bear Factory

This is a recently established toy manufacturing company that is as effective and reliable as older companies. It is a Phillippine company that specializes in the production of custom teddy bears. The company is known for replicating live animals. This is your go-to place if you want to create a replica of your favorite pet.

Their process is quite simple. All you have to do is to contact them and send a picture of your pet, get a quote, and wait for your teddy bear while it’s being manufactured and shipped. It’s quite satisfying to know that they offer international shipping via DHL. The delivery time to any part of the world is pegged at 2 to 3 days from the shipping day.

11 Budsies

Budsies is one of the amazing custom toy manufacturers on this list. They specialize in turning art into a huggable plush toy. And it’s quite impressive to know that they have no minimum requirements, offer an instant quotation, and have a quick turnaround.

Budsies work with artists and authors to bring their ideas and creativity to live in the form of plush toys. From children’s drawings to book characters and athletes, this company is capable of turning any idea into custom toys.

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