Case Study

OpenMV Cam


OpenMV began as a project to bring low-cost, customizable machine vision modules to makers and hobbyists everywhere. For years, machine vision prototyping has been limited to expensive and proprietary vision development systems. The launch of the OpenMV Kickstarter changed all of this with it’s open-source, affordable solution set.

OpenMV partnered with MacroFab to manufacture, package, and fulfill orders for over 1,000 customers. OpenMV took advantage of MacroFab’s full-stack manufacturing service to deliver their product in a completely automated, hands-off approach.


Project Overview & Challenge

Taking a product from prototype to production can be a very difficult process, especially for a new startup. Along the path to fulfilling orders, many operations and manufacturing questions must first be solved.

Prior to working with MacroFab, OpenMV faced many of these problems including sourcing materials, assembling PCBs, programming boards, and fulfilling orders. After months of struggling with numerous other vendors, OpenMV partnered with MacroFab to handle all aspects of manufacturing to deliver a high quality end product to their customers.

Things were going really badly before working with MacroFab. We were getting an 80% failure rate. You guys saved our bacon. We’ve had zero failures with our new image sensor after using your service.” Kwabena Agyeman, Co-founder of OpenMV Cam

MacroFab helped OpenMV get back on track and deliver their machine vision system to customers all over the world.

The MacroFab Solution

OpenMV got started with MacroFab by using our self-service platform to place an initial order of 10 assembled PCBs. When OpenMV received their first batch of boards with a 100% pass rate, the company increased their next order to an entire panel of 40 PCBs. When these 40 PCBs passed inspection again, OpenMV knew they had found the right partner for their growing business.

“I can order from MacroFab, you guys manufacture the product, store inventory, and ship to customers. I don’t ever have to touch my product or materials.” Kwabena Agyeman, Co-founder of OpenMV Cam

As new orders come in for the OpenMV Cam, MacroFab’s automated manufacturing system handles the rest without any additional input from the team at OpenMV. MacroFab takes over the day-to-day operations of producing and delivering product, leaving OpenMV with more time to focus on expanding their business and improving upon their product.

“A bigger company would have charged us more and kicked us to the curb. MacroFab made the difference and stayed in the game to help us solve our problems with manufacturing and operations.” Kwabena Agyeman, Co-founder of OpenMV Cam

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