Creating a Prototype to Improve Product Quality
Thursday, July 14, 2016
You have a great idea for a product or display but it’s completely new and untested. One way that you can get a sense of how your idea will function in the real world is to create a prototype, or a three-dimensional version of your idea. Creating your prototype can be a really enjoyable part of your process because it relies on creativity, which is where your idea originated in the first place.
While sometimes it’s possible to create your prototype by hand, more often you’ll need to employ the help of craftsmen and other professionals to get a real sense of what your vision will be like once it’s brought to life.
The advantages of creating a prototype before diving into full production are:
You can test, refine, and completely remake your idea if necessary. Sometimes the things that drive us nuts about a design aren’t obvious until it’s in our hands or in front of our noses. Any flaws you discover in the prototype can be fixed and any improvements that need to be incorporated can be added.
If you aren’t sure which materials would work best for your product or idea, you can test several to see which will be the best fit or which perform the best under various circumstances.
If you plan to sell your idea (either for money or as an idea) it will be much easier to describe your product or display in your marketing or informational materials when it’s in front of you. You also use pictures of the prototype or bring it to important meetings as a physical demonstration of your idea.
4. Build Trust
Investing in a prototype will help other people on your team, in your company, or your potential customers to take your idea more seriously. We all come up with ideas all the time, but the person who invests time and money in a prototype will most likely follow through with production plans.
Take It to the Pros
Once you have a clear idea of what you want with drawings and material selection, it’s time to bring your idea to the professionals who can create your prototype. The complexity, materials to be used, and the budget of your product will determine which professionals you hire.
Give us a call to find out more about our prototyping services. Don’t limit yourself at this stage. Explore all the possibilities now so you end up with the product you imagined.