The most important step that follows after conceiving a brilliant new product idea and creating a viable product design is developing a product prototype. A product prototype is a tangible form, that is, which you can see, touch, feel and sense, of your product concept.
Product prototype development is the best thing you can do in order to take your concept further. A product prototype not only gives you the idea of how your product will look and feel like, but it serves other important purposes as well. For instance, you can use your prototype to impress potential stakeholders and generate finance in order to take your product further to the market. A product prototype also helps you identify design or function flaws and rectify them in the early stages, before bulk manufacturing. Not to forget, a product prototype also serves as an excellent sample or model on which you can try different things to make the final product even better. Overall, product prototype development is an essential step that you, as an entrepreneur or innovator, should not overlook.
Here are some tips on prototyping your new product
Determine the type of prototype you require:
It is extremely important to understand the purpose of your product prototype.
- Is it for you to evaluate the feasibility of your product design?
- Is it for you to determine whether the product will be practical and/or lucrative for bulk manufacturing?
- Is it to impress potential stakeholders and get funds to take your product further?
- Is it to just sell on any crowdfunding platform?
Do not spend too much on prototyping
You do not need to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on product prototype development. Initially, all you have to do is create a simple prototype. Use cardboards or polystyrene foams to make your prototype. You can exclude most aesthetic aspects and functions in the early prototypes. After you achieve what you expected from the prototype, like feasibility for bulk manufacturing or feedback from potential consumers, you can increase your budget for developing a solid prototype with most or all aspects included. For that, you will need to hire a product prototype development company.
Hire a product prototype development company that uses the latest technologies
If you need a solid prototype, which includes most or all functions, find and partner with a product prototype development company. Product prototype development companies use rapid prototyping solutions, such as CAD (computer aided-design) applications, and additive manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, in order to develop fully-functional and visually beautiful product prototypes, quickly and accurately.
Go for manufacturing of the final product, but keep it in small batches
There is no need to bulk manufacture until you fully understand the market demand and the acceptability of your new product among the consumers. You also need to derive the profitability of your product. If you go for bulk manufacturing from the onset, you might end up with inventory that you cannot move and is unprofitable. To ensure such a thing does not happen, manufacture your product in small batches initially.
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