Creating a Prototype for Your Product – What are the Processes Involved?

When anyone comes up with a fantastic new idea for a product or item, one of the first steps is to create a prototype – this is basically a 3D version of the vision.  Making a prototype is really fun and rewarding for any inventor, giving the chance to unleash your creative flow, using the skills which led to the invention in the first place!

Depending on your idea, budget and goals, your prototype might look somewhat different from someone elses’.  It’s generally a good idea to begin with a handmade prototype (you can use any materials, no matter how rudimentary!  Think along the lines of socks, glue, milk bottles etc).  Once you decide to move forward with your product, you might want a “pre-production” prototype – this is important and useful if you plan to manufacture it yourself.

The great advantages of creating a good prototype include:

  • Enabling you to test out the functionality of your design and refine the product design as necessary – you’ll only really notice any flaws or problems once the item is a physical thing.
  • You can test the materials you plan to use – you might have your heart set on using metal but later find that plastic does the job better and for a lower cost.
  • You’ll be able to describe your product more effectively – essential when dealing with a number of different people such as packaging experts, engineers and potential business partners.
  • Others might take you more seriously – arriving with a physical prototype in your hand will set you apart from the others who arrive with a vague idea of their product. You’ll be viewed as a purposeful professional rather than just an inventor with a new idea.

One way of getting your prototype made is to use a local product design company to help you, using their professional tools and materials.  You’ll have access to top of the range technology like 3D printers and machines to help create your vision.  Why not chat to us today about our product design options?

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