I know this conversation is old, but my idea of "mass produced" or "manufactured" is when you design something but:
- You send it to a manufacturer to produce "en masse"
- You produce it in a factory with workers - not a home factory but a business with "mass production" capability
"Mass" is the word up for interpretation here. For example, if I were testing a design for future mass production but I sent it to a manufacture to do a test run of say 100 to test the market and refine my design etc., is that mass produced? Inventors may have intention to mass produce, but not yet be there and can sell "early models" to test the market and gain customer feedback.
Example: I design some die cuts on my electronic cutter. I have inquired in the past with a die maker to turn them into chemically etched metal dies that I could gift to friends but sell the excess. Their minimum order worked out to more than I wanted to make (like 50 or 100 or something). Would that be mass produced?
What if, in my prototype run example, it was 500 instead of 100? Would that make a difference? Like, where would we draw the line?