The need for high-quality prototyping services is as important to inventors as it is to manufacturers. Prototyping not only brings ideas to life, but it is also a service that is essential to many stages of the manufacturing process. For inventors, prototyping offers the ability to see how a product idea that has only previously existed as a drawing or computer model will actually look and feel and function as a three-dimensional, solid object. For manufacturers, the benefits are much the same – but with the added benefit of being able to see how a product design might be perfected or improved before an expensive manufacturing process is initiated. As the prototyping industry has seen great advancements in technology and processes that, in turn, have reduced the cost and delivery time for developing high-quality, functional prototypes, the use of prototyping has become much more available and economical for businesses and start-ups of all types. In addition, the business of prototyping has branched out to include a number of value-added services. One of those valuable services is consultation.
For those inventors or manufacturers who have never worked with a prototyping company in the past – and are interested in learning more about all aspects of the prototyping process – it is a benefit to find a prototyping company that also offers prototype consulting services. Most full-service prototyping companies offer a few basic consulting services, including material recommendations, process recommendations, target manufacturing prices, and material testing. If you are an inventor or manufacturer looking to find prototype consulting services in Kansas with a wider range of service offerings, you may wish to look for a company that also offers the following:
- Complete Feasibility Studies. A feasibility study for your proposed product will allow the consultants to help inventors and manufacturers identify product, technology, or manufacturing limitations. In many cases, these limitations can be overcome.
- Part Design. With a staff of consultants versed in part design engineering, your prototype consulting company can conduct a design analysis for you and identify problem areas with your parts before you begin production. This kind of service may save thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of dollars in the manufacturing stage.
- Manufacturing Cost Analysis. A well-thought-out financial outlay for a new product is invaluable in the business plan drafting process or prior to any effort to raise capital for a proposed product. This kind of analysis may include product tooling costs, a cost-per-part breakdown, an estimation on labor costs, and any post processing costs as well.
- Other Areas of Expertise. This may include contract research and development, education and training in the prototyping industry, licensing and product development, and areas of specialty research.
In addition, one of the more beneficial aspects to look for in prototyping consulting services in Kansas is a company that has an on-staff engineering team that consists of plastics, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, and industrial design engineers.
The What to Look for in Prototyping Consulting Services in Kansas article 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.