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PROTOTYPING - CREATING A CONCEPT PROTOTYPE

 
Prototypes are an essential stage in developing an idea so that it is ready for presentation to industry or manufacture. However prototyping can be very expensive and so it may well be prudent to establish interest in your idea before embarking on the prototyping process.
 
In most cases design work needs to be completed before a prototype can be built. This design stage will result in a 3D virtual (CAD) model that can be used to check basic form and function. This virtual model can be rendered to look like a real product and used to assess interest from companies and investors prior to prototyping. For more information on our product design process use this link:Product Design Process
 
Using the CAD model, we can build a prototype using a variety of techniques depending on the requirements of the project and your budget.
 

Different types of prototype

 
‘Visual prototype’ - This type of prototype conveys the overall shape and size of the product but does not usually prove the function of the idea. It is not designed to represent the materials or production methods of a final mass produced product.
 
‘Proof of concept’ prototype. - A prototype that demonstrates the main functionality of the idea. This type of prototype will probably make use of ‘off the shelf’ components and is unlikely to look like the final product.
 
‘Presentation’ prototype. - This type of prototype combines the functionality of the product with the overall appearance. Often using bespoke parts, it is likely that production grade materials will be used.
 
‘Pre-Production’ prototype. - This type of prototype builds on the work of a presentation prototype by fully considering mass production manufacturing methods and production. The parts are likely to be created using production methods and materials.
 
D2M has a vast range of previous prototyping experience. Prototypes we have built include: handheld electronic products; thermoelectric cooling devices; textile based products; baby equipment; outdoor products and even an underwater video camera with built in propulsion.
 
Use this link to book a free consultation to discuss prototyping your idea: Free Prototype Consultation
 

What next?

 
Prototypes can be used to convey to potential licencees or investors that an idea is significantly developed and nearly ready to manufacture. However further refinement is often required before going into production. D2M has excellent manufacturing partners who are carefully selected for their expertise and sound reputation and we can help you through this stage if required.
 
 

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