Prototyping in the modern world has historically been an ocean with complex navigational charts. While the way is mostly mapped, the actual process of getting from A to B is anything but clear. This is because, in some cases, there are many correct ways to accomplish a single task. On the other hand though, prototypers are helping develop technology and products that have no previously established form.
New technology permeates our industrial realm. Phones, intelligent cars, robotic medical equipment, and new twists on old products are just a few of the places where new ground is being broken. In this sense, there is no concrete idea of what the end product should be. The process involves an ultimate goal of what the product should do, such as being able to administer stitches to humans. If there is no other product on which to base this product, prototypers need to be creative.
A definitive aspect of successful prototypers in today’s age is they have vast experience in a multitude of different disciplines. With a variety of skills, prototypers can help turn dreams into reality by pulling together parts from different realms such as with both technical and mechanical fields. This is ideal for robotics because both are necessary for success.
Regular consumer goods is another realm where prototyper experience is crucial. This guarantees prototypers know what designs and materials are the most durable or flexible. A new medical robot could be invented, but if it doesn’t pass repeated field use, it would be all for not.
Many different disciplines, many of them well established, are the groundwork for designing and manufacturing cutting edge gear. When looking at a potential prototyper, especially within a specialized geographic like Silicon Valley, make sure to choose a partner with considerable experience both inside and outside your field.