Bringing a product idea to life—and to the consumer market—can be a time-consuming and costly endeavor. After all, a given product might undergo any number of revisions during the development stage, with each new iteration adding to the total time and money invested. Moreover, because a large proportion of traditional manufacturing now takes place overseas, those who pursue this route are likely to experience even longer production times and higher costs—including unanticipated delays and price hikes. In consideration of these realities, the value of prototyping as an alternative to product development with a traditional manufacturing company becomes abundantly clear.
Prototyping is a multi-stage process that transforms a product concept into a functional model while allowing for cost-effective revisions and refinement at every step along the way. Prototyping typically begins with a sketch, be it a vague idea scrawled on a cocktail napkin or a highly detailed design. Once it has been finalized, the sketch is recreated into a 3D model using computer-aided design (CAD) software, which is both more precise and more cost-efficient than manual drafting. This virtual model then becomes the basis for a 3D-printed model that can be evaluated for attributes such as material, shape, size, durability, functionality, and any other features. This same process can be used as few or as many times as needed to improve upon the product design until each element of the product is satisfactory.
In addition to offering a quick and cost-effective means of experimenting with and optimizing a product design, prototyping can also substantially reduce manufacturing time and costs. Prototyping provides not only a viable product model, after all, but also all of the notes, files, reports, and material lists that your chosen manufacturer will require. And because your product has already undergone the revision process to render it manufacturing-ready, needing to make time-consuming and costly changes at this stage is an unlikely scenario.
In addition to being a cost- and time-saving measure, prototyping has yet another major advantage over taking your product idea straight to a large-scale manufacturer. Soliciting the help of a professional prototyping company such as PRG means that you gain the experience, expertise, and moral support of an entire team of product development professionals, including design experts, plastics, mechanical, and industrial design engineers, and a talented seamstress. Additionally, PRG makes use of some of the most cutting-edge technology in the business, employing rapid 3D prototyping, digitally controlled laser cutting techniques, waterjet cutting equipment, and more, to quickly and affordably deliver prototypes to our clients.
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PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products for inventors, entrepreneurs, businesses, and other visionaries. We 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. For more information, or to obtain a quote on your next prototyping projects, contact PRG Prototyping today!