In recent years, a growing number of products that were originally conceived in the United States have come to be manufactured abroad. The development of many such products has likewise been outsourced to foreign prototyping companies. Many foreign prototyping companies are partnered with overseas manufacturers to offer clients a seemingly streamlined approach to transforming a new product idea into a marketable reality. Naturally, this one-stop-shop approach sounds appealing. And yet, having your prototype developed in the United States remains a superior solution for a number of reasons.
Perhaps the top advantage of working with a prototyping company close to home is quality control. Employing a local prototyping specialist enables you to visit the facility and meet directly with its staff to ensure that they possess both the expertise and the equipment required to bring your product idea to life. Moreover, going the local route makes it easy to keep abreast of your prototype at every stage of development. After all, creating a high-quality product can involve extensive testing and revision. Employing a company nearby provides you with a far greater degree of control over these processes than is possible when working with a company located in a different time zone.
A U.S.-based prototyping company can also help you to identify and rectify potential problems with your design in the earliest stages of development. When working with an overseas company, a worst-case scenario is completing the prototyping process only to discover that your product is not up to standards according to your home country’s regulations. A great prototyping company will be familiar with national regulations such as restrictions on product materials, enabling them to guide you through the tricky process of navigating legalities. On a related note, a local company can also help you with other U.S.-specific tasks such as acquiring a patent and developing contracts.
Finally, working with a company in the U.S. provides a far greater degree of transparency than employing a company located abroad. American companies are well known for adopting clearly delineated rules of conduct, which means they are on average more responsive and less inclined to cut corners than companies in many other nations. Prototyping companies in the U.S. are also far less likely to invoice you for an amount that dramatically exceeds your expectations. After all, American businesses place high priority on consistency and reliability—which keeps customers coming back. Moreover, working with a local company eliminates the need to worry about fluctuating currency exchange rates, which is yet another potential source of financial duress when employing a company located overseas.
Wherever your prototyping solution is located, making a product idea into a reality is an involved process. But by working with a U.S.-based company, you gain both a superior degree of control over the development of your product and expert assistance with everything from product design to legal paperwork.
As a company specializing in the design and creation of new products, PRG Prototyping has expertise in concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations, and can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services. Looking for an experienced, professional team to fulfill your prototyping needs? Contact PRG Prototyping today to request a free quote on a prototyping project.