What is Prototype Development?
Turning an idea into a working product requires testing in the real world. If you want to take the next step, you’ll want to develop a prototype for your idea. A prototype is basically the first iteration of your idea. Prototype development is the process of turning your idea into something tangible. It entails everything from material sourcing, engineering, design, to packaging.
Why Is a Prototype Necessary?
You obviously want to get involved with prototype development because you want to perfect the product that you’re creating. Other than that, you’ll want working models to show investors, potential customers and potential business partners. You also need to work out the many details of your product such as the materials, packaging, weight, functionalities, etc.
A Few Different Prototype Development Directions You Can Take
Many inventors need to see their idea in its tangible form. In this case, a visual prototype can be the first step in the process. A visual prototype focuses on the design of the product. Everything from the dimensions, form, weight, to the features can be considered to produce a physical representation of what the product should or can look like. Many like to start with this type of prototype development because it doesn’t contain any working parts and uses cheaper materials. The purpose here is to focus on the design aspect of the product.
The opposite of this is the proof-of-concept prototype. The purpose of this is type of prototype development is to prove that the idea actually works. This type of prototype focuses on the functionalities and technical aspects of the product. In this type of prototype development, the design of the product will be mostly disregarded. The point here is to verify if the idea works. Many people like to start here and move on to the design aspect of the product after.
Best of Both Worlds: Presentation Prototype Development
Of course, the last type of prototype development is the presentation prototype. This option goes through a lengthy prototype development process to ensure that the functionality and the physical design works hand in hand. It will offer a functional product that, while not complete, gets the job done. For this kind of prototype, there will be more focus put into the components of the product as well as the design quality.
The reason why is because most people use presentation prototypes to show partners, investors and potential customers a strong idea of what they can expect. This option is for you if you are seriously considering to go from prototype development to mass manufacturing. It can be a lengthy process between your prototype and the first version of your satisfied product. You can expect to go back and forth to make big changes, improvements and adjustments.
If you need help with prototype development, Applied Design Solutions can help. We go through a comprehensive and detail-oriented prototype development process to ensure that you get the best product possible. We also have a strong team that can guide you in the right direction so that you have a higher chance of your product succeeding in the market. Call us at 845-367-3112 to learn more.