You are designing a product that incorporates a high power laser diode. The first question to ask is, "Do I need a custom design?" Beyond that, you need to understand the costs and technical issues involved in customizing diodes. Where do you start? Who understands how to navigate the development process? This article provides product designers with insights, technology tips, and reference materials for specifying custom diodes. This guide will help you speed up the design process, lower costs, and make the process of working with laser diode manufacturers a bit less painful!