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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 properly prepared for manufacture. Prototyping can be very expensive and so it may well be prudent to establish commercial interest in your idea before embarking on the prototyping process.
 
In most cases product development 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, in some cases. More information on our product design process can be discovered here: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.
 

Our Prototyping Techniques

 
Plastic Prototyping - This type of prototype is often used for plastic casings and small plastic products that are relatively simple. We have a fully equipped workshop for assembling plastic prototypes, spray painting and a 3D printer that can rapidly component parts in a range of materials.
 
Mechanism Prototyping - Utilising our experience across a range of complex mechanical prototypes including use of: motors, valves, folding systems, pumps and cutting devices, we can create mechanical prototypes to prove the concept before refining into presentable prototypes that function effectively for testing the product with users before going into production.
 
Textile Prototyping - We have a fully equipped textile workshop with three industrial sewing machines for different processes and material types. We are exceptionally skilled at producing rucksack and bag prototypes having done various designs over several years for different target markets and purposes.
 
Metal Prototyping - In combination with our component suppliers with milling and welding capability, we have built various metal prototypes of frameworks for industrial products and also durable working component for small consumer goods.
 
Wood Prototyping -  We have worked in various woods on a range of size products from full size furniture to smaller decorative items.
 
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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