I'm new to the invention process. From what I've read about turning an idea into a product is to first making a working prototype, which I've done. I'm almost done w/ a working prototype so now I'm not sure where to go from here. Based on my readings (until I read an article on here), here's what I have gathered:
-send my prototype to a 3D drawer to have a full 3D drawing completed and have it printed in 3D for demo and patent purposes. approx cost $2k
-then do a patent search + application ~ $3900 (legalzoom)
-so looking at ~$7k in expenses
-from there I would find an injection molding company to produce some working versions that I would start trying to sell locally to test the waters. (not sure the cost but it's probably at least $5k-$10k
-if initial sales are good, then I have something to take to the market to see if I can license it
*Problem is, like most small inventors, I dont have an extra $30k lying around
I would appreciate any feedback on the steps to take once I have a working prototype.