PROTOTYPE > PROTOTYPING PROCESS
PROTOTYPING YOUR CONCEPT
How to avoid costly mistakes
Different type of prototypes suit different needs
Proof of Concept.
It is a prototype to test the idea and its functionality. It is experimental and it will involve making a test rig.
Testing functionality early will save you time and money in the long run.
It explores the functionality of the intended final product with initial consideration of shape.
Concentrate on chore requirements. Minimum viable Product (MPV), designing it just good enough. Don’t waste money on too many features at this stage.
This will look like the final product but does not usually function.
Above, example of an appearance prototype
Above, example of a 3D CAD model render
Final Design Prototype
This will look and function as if it was the final product, but the component parts will most likely be made using different manufacturing method processes and materials than in mass production.
Make sure that consideration has been given to manufacturing processing according to the initial volume projected.
It can be used as a “Golden sample” to show production the quality standard. The prototype appearance, function, materials and manufacturing process are the same as the final product.
Sorely test the prototype, as it can be a very expensive mistake when you receive a shipping container full of faulty goods.