Further Prototyping

For larger and more complex products, two iterations of prototypes might not be enough. As such further prototyping might be necessary.

After the full prototype of your idea has been created, you might find that there are extensive further prototyping changes required as a result of industry feedback and/or the response from the market. Sometimes it is simply the case that several changes are needed as a result of a better understanding of the product now that a Mark 2 prototype has been completed. 

What is further prototyping?

Beyond the Mark 2 prototype, it can be necessary to complete further prototypes to finalise the design and the development of a product. Normally this is only the case with complex products such as pushchairs or electric golf trollies. However sometimes even small products will require further prototypes if there are further ways to improve the product as a result of more innovative thinking during prototype testing.

For example:

  1. One of your focus groups might have suggested an improvement that is deemed a sensible change.
  2. Your manufacturing partner might suggest some changes that would reduce tooling cost but require proving out in a further prototype.
  3. It might be that in reviewing the prototype you change your mind on certain design decisions that you took previously on the project.
  4. Now that the product is more refined, it might be that there are potential cost savings in production through simplification that are worth investing in.
  5. It might be that certain innovative areas were changed from the mark 1 prototype to hopefully make the design function better, but these have also had negative unintended consequences. 
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What might happen during this stage?

All of the elements required for previous prototyping stages might now have to be completed again depending on the level of changes required. Sometimes a few components can be altered and remade rather than a complete re-build to minimise further costs of development. This really depends on the nature of the further developments being undertaken.

 

What value does this stage add to my project?

Taking an approach of continuous review, feedback and improvement is far more likely to create a final product that will appeal to your target market. It is also more likely that the product will get 5 star reviews driving further sales.

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CAD Development

How much and how long?

This stage would typically take six to eight weeks. The cost of this stage can vary greatly based on the complexity of the product and the prototype amends required. The cost typically could range from £2000 to £20,000. 

Why use D2M to do this stage?

Three simple reasons:

  • We have the workshop facilities to make significant elements of your prototype in-house.
  • D2M has rapid printing facilities and machining capability for mechanical development.
  • We have a diverse experienced team who are excellent problem solvers.

Contact us today to discuss your project and to learn more about how we can help develop your project: Contact us.

 
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