Inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners who are developing new products and seeking help in bringing those products to life may be best served by seeking out the assistance of a full-service prototyping company that offers a comprehensive menu of services. As it stands, prototyping is just one service offering (among many) that is designed to help product developers design and build new products for the market.
To bring a product to life – from a design concept sketched out on a piece of drawing paper to a fully-developed and manufactured product, complete with packaging – businesses and inventors need to consider a process that involves a number of pre-defined stages. Each stage in the product development process serves to help the design concept move through a development life-cycle that results in a market-ready product. The following is a look at some of the prototyping services on the menu of full-service prototyping companies such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas City.
Concept Design Engineering is the part of the product development process that actually takes the design concept off the page and recreates it in 3D via a computer-assisted design (CAD) application. After all the sketching and brainstorming is complete, the concept design engineering department of a full-service prototyping company will render the design as a 3D model and allow the business owner or entrepreneur to see the product in a very lifelike format. From there, the product can move into actual prototyping.
Prototyping is where the product design concept is allowed to make the leap from the page to the physical world. For most inventors and entrepreneurs, this is the most exciting stage of the product development process. The prototyping process can be completed using a variety of technologies. Conceptual prototypes are often developed through a process that makes use of the 3D product renderings and rapid prototyping (or 3D printing) equipment. The result is a tangible product that is very durable and with some limited functional capabilities.
Consultation Services are on the menu for businesses and start-ups that have a product concept idea – but are unsure of what type of design and manufacturing solution they will need to see their product come to life. Consulting services will help the product concept owner decide on materials and processes. In addition, a consultant at a full-service prototyping company can also perform design analysis, manufacturing cost analysis, mold flow analysis, and material testing.
Manufacturing Solutions are one of the last pieces of the prototyping puzzle – where your full-service prototyping company can help your product come to life by researching and identifying the right manufacturing solution for your needs. At prototyping companies like PRG Prototyping in Kansas City, there are often third-party manufacturing partnerships in place that will allow you to seamlessly move your product design concept from the prototype stage to the manufacturing stage. PRG Prototyping can oversee and manage the manufacturing of your product, as well as all aspects of packaging, distribution, and fulfillment.
The article, A Menu of Services to Bring Your Prototype to Life, is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.