Depending on quality USD 2,000 may not be too expensive to have that done in the States for your product (research, prototype, manufacturing feasibility study, etc). Depending of course on how much research they need to do - because it seems you've already done a lot.
I work for a product development company in China, so if you are willing to have this stage done a little further away from home then we can help you out.
Check out our website, www.china2west.com and if you're interested then send me full details and specification with photos to email@example.com, alternatively I can send you a form to assist this. We'll then have a look and do some research for free before telling you the cost for us to prototype and indicative mass production costs. There is no obligation to use us for production.
It sounds like an interesting project and I'd like to give it a shot. Also we should (I say should not can) make a working prototype for you without making moulds and cutting tools.
If you don't decide to go with us then, let me know how it goes State side, I'm always interested in the differences between prototyping and developing there and here in China.
---Mark ClaytonChina 2 West Services Ltd.303 Ping An Building,Yuan Lin Road, Ji Da,Zhuhai, 519015 China.+86 756 3828382www.china2west.com
$2,000 seems a little high. Are they doing design as well as the prototype?
I have competitor up in Canada that is trust worthy
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Ask for Richard he's a good guy.