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Virtual Prototyping and 3D Modeling at PRG Prototyping

One of the greatest challenges faced by anyone with a great product idea is visualizing how it might look and work in the real world. The designers at PRG can help transform your product sketch into a 3D computer model, enabling you to ascertain what you product idea might look like without committing to the time and expense required to craft it out of real-world materials. Moreover, a 3D computer model is quick to create and easy to adjust and render—enabling you to inspect all of the fine details of your product and experiment with alterations in form, function, shape, color, and other elements to ensure that your design is exactly as you’d like it before moving on to the production stage. All of this is to say that there is no more convenient—and more cost-effective—way to visualize a product than with a virtual computer-generated rendering.

Showcase Your Product Ideas and Bring them to Life

Virtual prototyping routinely functions as the initial stage of any prototyping process. A client may arrive with an idea scribbled in a notebook or sketched on a cocktail napkin, at which point it’s up to a PRG designer to develop the idea into a detailed, computer-generated 3D model. The drawing is transformed into a model using a technology known as computer-aided design (CAD). From there, the model can be converted into an STL (stereolithography) file. Additive Manufacturing equipment then reads the STL file to create the product by combining layers of a thermoplastic material. Virtual prototypes can also be used in the later stages of product development to create draft versions of marketing materials and even product animations.

Virtual Prototyping Can Save Businesses and Entrepreneurs Time and Money

Virtual prototyping enables startup businesses and entrepreneurs to see how their idea translates into a product, and can in turn, be used to raise money for project development. And because the process is fast and eminently affordable, it allows ample room for observing the details of a potential product and experimenting with elements of design before moving on to the prototyping stage. Virtual prototyping thus represents a highly cost-effective and time-efficient means of ensuring that your product idea will be viable in a real-world setting during its earliest stages of development. Additionally, because a computer-generated prototype is almost always required to file an application with the U.S. Patent Office, working with a professional designer to create a virtual model of your product can help you navigate the patenting process.

If you have a vision to bring to life, contact PRG Prototyping for more information on virtual prototyping, or follow the link to request a free quote.