If you are primarily a “design” person, taking the next step to get a prototype in place is a way to help move your dream into a reality. If you have never considered ordering a prototype before and you feel a bit daunted, don’t be. There are lots of important advantages to prototyping your big idea.
Prototyping comes in many stages. You can prototype just to get a rough idea of what the project will actually look like, or you can prototype to test design performance and functionality. There are perfectly finished prototypes for investors and focus groups. There is something for every stage of your design.
Developing a prototype really feeds your creativity. It isn’t just about manufacturing. A prototype brings your idea into reality. Only then can you truly see whether the idea has serious merit or needs a design iteration. You can see the flaws in your thinking, discover that your product actually performs just as well with a cheaper material, or a host of other great ideas you would never realize without having a physical prototype in hand.
An idea that only works in theory is not nearly as attractive to investors as a design that investors can touch, play with and test for themselves. A prototype in hand makes you appear more professional. It separates your design from the thousands of other good ideas on paper and indicates that you are serious.
Prototyping is much easier than ever before. While there are plenty of “do it yourself” 3D printers on the market, it is best to work with professionals who can help you navigate the course of your product’s development. Professional with specific experience in the industry you are trying to penetrate only works to your advantage. Professionals can also help you determine your budget based on your desired end result.
Prototyping is the next step in creativity!