On Inventors, Inventions, Tips & Tricks
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Inventors Trust, Auckland, New Zealand: http://www.inventors.co.nz/
      An association of inventors definitely worth joining!
      Monthly Meetings - Internet Searches - Mutual Help - Advice - Reports - Newspapers - Books etc

 Non-disclosure agreements
also called confidentiality agreements.
        For Version A click here
        For Version B click here (recommended by the Inventors Trust NZ)
Comment by Ray Fox, Inventors Trust NZ :
"People in top management act rather like dogs given a bone, when you offer them a confidentiality agreement.
 Some take a quick sniff and lunge at you snarling. They have been trained as guard dogs to snarl at everything offered to
 them by strangers.
 Others seize the bone only to drop it instantly and back off barking like a Queensland pub with its first cane-toad. These
 mutts suffer from a gongenital defect that makes them reject every bone not labelled with a bid identity-tag 'patented'.
 Luckily most people in management, after an identifying snuffle or two, take the bone from your hand, lick it, nibble at it,
 being well-fed doggies, and wag their tails.
 Many of these 'friendly dogs' got their training in companies that for decades haven't waited for amateur inventors with
 unpatented ideas to pester them; they got in first by offering their own confidentiality agreements!"

There are three kinds of inventors:
       There are the idealists, dreaming of over-unity power, perpetual motion, antigravity and the like-
       and they are happy,
       There are the realists who are so immersed in details, systems and methods that they often re-invent the wheel
       and don't even notice - and they are happy.
       Then there are the pragmatists who spend all their time and money out in their workshops making prototypes
       that seldom work - and they are happy.

How to rate an idea:
          Out of five points for strong <...> week:
          1. How strongly will people 'want' your idea?
          2. How novel have you proved it to be?
          3. How direct will its path to buyers be?
          4. How low-cost and available are the skills needed for development?
          5. How able and willing to help are inventor support groups?
          6. How well can you (not could you) "sell" the idea to a stranger in a lift?
          7. How sure are you of getting the money you need?
          8. How much alpha and beta testing have you done with X prototypes?
          9. How well have you protected your idea?
        10. How well have you diarised/documented all your steps?

         Scoring:  45+/-  "GO FOR GOLD!"
                       35 +/- "Don't hold your breath too long."
                       25+/-  "Make improvements or stir your pot and put out another idea."

Tips & tricks concerning inventions: Tips & tricks concerning tools:

      - If you are not sure whether to buy an expensive tool, ask someone and/or try it out at
             someone's workshop who has this tool.
      - When using an electric scroll saw, I clamp a large disk made of customboard onto the saw's metal table
             to have a bigger working area. And it's warmer for the hands.
      -  A drop&pull saw is safer than a circular saw built into a table.
      -  Hole bores for drills have an additional drill bit in the centre. Do not use this central drill bit if you drill
            O-rings from acrylic etc. Drill with hole bore first, then drill central hole.
      - If you need bending a piece often, produce a jig.
      - Fingers not only get hurt easily, the skin gets easily damaged. Jeweller supply shops have leather gloves
            for single fingers.
      - Jeweller supply shops offer a lot of tools you cannot find in any other shop.
      - If you give tools to people who work from home, ask for a bond.
      - It often pays not to buy the cheapest tool brand (safer, less noise, maintenance, weight etc). On the other hand,
             the cheapest may be good enough if you need a tool only occasionally.
      - Many tools rust quickly. Keep them oiled and in a dry place.
      - Electronical gadgets have to be used regularly to keep them going, because the heat produced from running them
        eliminates the humidity inside the gagdet.
      - There is special oil (e.g. CRC) available to get rusty mechanical parts going again.
      - Regular hoovering of the workshop and its machines not only keeps the place clean,
            it also reduces clogging up of machines and is more healthy. Get a drum type hoover!

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