Scale production


Hey, I’m looking at advices and past experience on what would be the best way to scale the iot hardware along side if I wanted to scale the production to let’s say 1000+ units. Which hardware and manufacturing process would be the most appropriate if currently using a raspberry Pi 3 for a prototype.

Thanks for the help!


I think that probably depends on what your prototype does and whether the Pi is fit for production use or another option might be better.

I know a few people have prototyped with the Pi 3 and switched to the Zero/Zero-W when it comes to Production, and I’m aware of others who have prototyped rapidly using the Pi GPIO and then switched to a completely different platform entirely such as the Arduino or ESP8266 for production to reduce overheads/component size etc.

Cost certainly comes into it - 1000 x Pi 3 @ £35.ea = £35,000, 1000 x Pi ZeroW @ £13.ea = £13,000, 1000 x Wemos D1 Mini’s (ESP8266-based chips) @ $2 ~= £1500.

At the far-end of the spectrum is designing and implementing your own PCB, adding an ATMEL/ARM processor and coding your own OS which may well be cheaper on runs of several thousand units.

If you’re able to provide a bit more information on what you’re trying to achieve, then we might be able to provide some better guidance?


Thanks for the feedback, I guess I just need to get a bit more visibility on the exact specs before going too far ahead.