Ensuring you get a prototype made the way you want it is important. In this section I will give you tips and advice on how to purchase a prototype and who from. The key is to focus on quality and price.

March 25, 2015

Why do I need a Prototype?

In much of my posts, I have often mentioned the need of a prototype throughout the invention process. However, why exactly is a prototype needed and what are its benefits? Having a rapid prototype of your idea or invention designed and produced is the best way to test it for form, fit and function. A prototype allows you the opportunity to hold the product in your hands in addition to potentially using it for marketing purposes. Having your idea produced into a tangible product is a pivotal step in the invention process. A prototype embodies that transition and allows you […]
March 20, 2015

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is the process that is used to generate an exact replica of your invention or concept prior to getting your idea manufactured or even designed. There are several reasons why rapid prototyping is beneficial but, the main reason is to save you money. Yes, that’s right. Rapid prototyping can save you money! Although rapid prototyping does incur some costs, the amount of money that you would save in the long run will be more than worth it. Imagine going ahead with the manufacturing process without a prototype only to discover that when you receive your first shipment, there […]
March 3, 2015

Different Types of Prototype Methods

As with general manufacturing, there are different types of rapid prototype methods you can choose from during the process of seeing your invention to production. To choose your preferred prototype method, consider what you want from your prototype: An exact replica of the final product Identical in colour and texture Opportunity to test for form and fit The following are a few different types of prototype methods you might encounter: Wax Printing Silicone Soft Tooling SLM – Selective Laser Melting Rapid Casting Incremental Sheet Forming Bridge Tooling SLS – Selective Laser Sintering LOM – Laminated Object Manufacturing Solid Ground Curing […]
March 3, 2015

7 Steps to Product Development

Developing and introducing a new product to the market can be scary, risky, demanding and can take you months, even years if not done correctly. So you have come up with a brilliant idea but have no idea how to get this to market. I have listed a few steps that will spread some light on the path you are about to follow. Don’t let it overwhelm you, in the right management hands this process can be quicker and cheaper than you think. Here are 7 steps to Product Development to ensure your success: Step 1 – Market Research Out […]
March 3, 2015

Do I Need to Create a Prototype of My Invention?

If you are serious about going further with an idea, get it designed and get a prototype made. There are many options for prototype design. You can either go through a design or prototype company, which can be a costly exercise. There are also several options that allow you to create a design and prototype yourself, which are more cost effective in the early stages of the invention process. Simply start by creating some sketches and get to work trying to create a prototype. Obviously, your sketches and prototype are going to be very rough. Regardless, it is a step […]
December 26, 2014

Back to the drawing board

The day finally comes and you have your invention prototype in your hands and, well, you simply are not happy with the outcome. In fact, you are a bit disappointed. Welcome to the world of product development. The decision to have a prototype made before continuing into the manufacturing process proved to be the right choice. Why? You have a prototype that you have tested and now realize that it is incorrect as it does not fit or work as you originally intended or hoped. However, rather than spending money on parts and tools for manufacturing or larger scale production, […]
July 9, 2012

How much should I expect to pay?

There are a number of factors to consider before we can even talk about costs of a prototype so have a look at the below list and see if you can answer the criteria that the prototype company will need to know. Quantity Colour Material Accuracy Finish (polish, smooth, textured) Prototype Process Quantity The number of prototypes you require will affect the cost per prototype in most cases. Typically when getting more than one part made is cheaper than just getting one. This is because all the hard work of programming has been done for the first one. Ordering more […]
July 9, 2012

How can I trust they will do a good job?

Well you cant, you hope the chosen supplier will be good at what they say they can do but the best way is to search on the internet to start off with and look for any bad press the company may have. Check the suppliers website during the quoting stage and see how good the English is and what processes they offer and if it matches the process you are looking for. Your elimination method during the quoting phase should have answered this trust question for you so give the supplier the benefit of your doubt and see how you […]
May 27, 2012

What material do I use for my prototype?

Rapid Prototyping can be done using a large number of materials and can even produce a one exactly replicating your final product material if you can afford it. With technology these days if you can design it you can rapid prototype it. Material selection can vary from metals and plastics but generally the cheapest options is to work with plastic as there are more companies and machines geared up to produce these. Generally for inventions people need to test that their product looks and function how it should so they aren’t too concerned about material at this stage.
May 27, 2012

Why should you prototype?

Getting a prototype of your invention is the best way to test it for form and function. You can physically hold the product in your hands and even use it for marketing purposes. It is a good reason to get a prototype done after the design stage to make sure it works how you want it too. It’s also the best chance to make sure all the parts fit together as they would in the final product. Too many people have made the mistake and gone to the manufacturing stage without getting a prototype made. This can be very costly […]