Imagine this; you have been conjuring up a product that is capable of disrupting the market. It solves a fundamental problem for the end-user and is guaranteed to be a success if launched in today’s world. You have imagined how the product looks like, and you know how it is going to work. However, the only niggle is that you have no idea how to get your ideas into material form – or in other words, create an invention prototype. A prototype is a three-dimensional version of your vision and requires some expertise and knowledge to create. We will take a look at a few things to keep in mind before taking the first step in making your dream product a reality. Click here for info on companies that specialize in invention prototyping.
Make a rough drawing of your invention.The product is best put into a two-dimensional plane by the creator itself. Knowledge of CAD is an added bonus as you can make more precise drawings of the product. Similar programs are also available that can get the job done.
- Don’t strive for perfection in the early stages. A good product can only be created over several iterations of design and development. Do not attempt at perfection with your first prototype, be as blunt as possible with your initial design and work-frame.
- Use a 3D Printer. Make a non-working model first. Before going into full-fledged invention prototype development mode, use a 3D printer to bring your product to life. Having a tangible model will go a long way in deciding if the design and form factor is good enough for you. This allows you to make the necessary adjustments before going into actual prototype development. If a 3D printer is not readily available, model your invention out of plastic, wood, and paper.
- Do your research on the latest methods. Several methods can bring an invention to life with a prototype. For example, injection molds using plastic or rapid prototyping are ways by which a prototype can be developed. Research and decide on the best fit for your idea.
- Figure out the cost. Depending on your invention, a working prototype may be far more expensive than you originally thought it would be. You will have to explore alternative methods of development to bring down costs, which is discussed below.
- Explore software/3D simulation. If a physical prototype is too expensive, there are 3D simulation software that can simulate an invention in 3D and can test if it does work. Sometimes simulation may be more expensive than creating an actual prototype. It can save you money in the long run if several re-designs are needed; in which case, physical prototypes can increase overhead costs.
Take your invention to the pros. Once you have gone ahead with your prototype as far as you reasonably can, take it to an expert to help you with the next steps. Professional prototype developers come in all types and sizes, and the complexity of your product will drive your decision. For more about professional prototype developers, click here for info.