Case Study

Centex Paranormal


CenTex co-founders and brothers, Michael and Zak Lyons, wanted to provide the market with an Environmental Detection Instrument (EDI) tool at an affordable price. The device would enable paranormal enthusiasts with the ability to capture abnormal activity.

MacroFab was able to help the brothers keep their manufacturing costs low for their small order quantities, so they could keep their product affordable while still meeting their customers’ needs.

Project Overview and Challenge

CenTex Paranormal was founded after a personal experience with the paranormal led the Lyons to search for a device that could prove their findings a reality. They faced the challenge of not finding a product on the market that was affordable and met all of their specifications. The Lyons brothers decided to combine their skills to develop the EDI at a fraction of the cost of other detectors.

“MacroFab can make small order quantities without making a big deal about it. They can make less than a hundred for us without a problem.” – Michael Lyons, CenTex Paranormal

After completing their design and defining exactly what features they wanted their EDI to have, the Lyons began searching for a manufacturer. They wanted a manufacturer who could first help them test and iterate on their product cost-effectively, and manufacture on-demand without minimum orders. The traditional manufacturers the Lyons brothers were contacting refused to produce low quantities at affordable prices. Once CentTex Paranormal was introduced to MacroFab’s cloud manufacturing platform, these hassles and challenges were solved.

MacroFab Solution

With MacroFab, CenTex Paranormal was able to upload their design files, select their components, and get instant quotes based on their desired quantities. Not only was their process of ordering simplified, CenTex Paranormal also relied on MacroFab to do full build-box assembly for them. Using the full build-box assembly capabilities of MacroFab, CenTex Paranormal had all of the components, software, hardware, and final packaging assembled by the MacroFab team. This enabled CenTex Paranormal to focus on marketing and growing their business.

“That really was the major reason we chose MacroFab – the elimination of the hassle that we faced with traditional manufacturers.” – Michael Lyons, CenTex Paranormal

In the future, CenTex Paranormal will continue to manufacture their EDI devices using MacroFab’s automated, cloud-manufacturing and delivery platform. MacroFab’s inventory tracking and storing capabilities ensure that the brothers won’t need to deal with inventory overheard or resource-planning costs. MacroFab will continue to enable CenTex Paranormal the ability to automate their manufacturing and operations process, thereby giving the Lyons brothers time to further perfect their product lineup for paranormal enthusiasts.

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