How to Prototype Your Ideas Quick and Easy
You may be asking what's the best way to get your prototype made. The first step is to clarify the design.
You should create a simple requirements document that includes a description of the look, dimensions, durability, color, preferred materials, etc. By clarifying want you want provides some scope. What often happens is that the inventor is dissatisfied with the prototype because they left too much of the decisions to the designer. This wastes your time and money.
To make a prototype, get in touch with a designer such as a mechanical, industrial, electrical, or software engineer (depending on your product type). The other option is to search for a prototype company under the heading "Prototype Maker" or "Product Developing." For an inexpensive place to start, contact your local college or university engineering department to find out if they'll design and build a prototype.
The most technically advanced method to create a prototype is known as Rapid Prototyping (RP). With Rapid Prototyping, a prototype can be produced in a matter of hours.
Prototypes are used as a proof of concept, test for marketability, and for attracting investors.
When should you get a prototype made? If making the prototype is easy and inexpensive, do it now, and get feedback. If the prototype is expensive to make, it's best to make a prototype after you get positive feedback on the basic concept. Building a prototype is an investment but invaluable to prove your concept and attract companies.
To learn the step-by-step process to making a prototype, you'll find the answers in my ebook Getting a Prototype Made Quick and Easy.
Or, get my Invention Success Kit which includes the content of this ebook, plus a roadmap from idea to commercialization, how to get a patent, how to get a prototype made, how to find companies when you want to sell or license your invention, how to negotiate a deal for royalties or lump sum, and more.
eBook: Getting a Prototype Made Quick and Easy
Getting a prototype is much easier today. With rapid prototyping methods and CNC machines, just about anything that can be displayed on a computer screen can be made into something real. You can email a design to a company and in a few days have a finished prototype mailed to you.
Having a finished prototype puts you above the rest who have just an idea. Your prototype will be the key to impress investors and licensing companies, and to prove your concept works.
In this ebook you'll learn:
- Prototype Process - The step-by-step procedures to get a prototype designed and produced.
- Free and Low-Cost Resources - Where to get a prototype made, how to work with prototype makers, how to avoid the pitfalls many inventors make, and how to save money in the process.
- Working with a Prototype Maker - The steps an engineer takes to produce a prototype and what you need to know to work with them to get the job done right.
- Rapid Prototyping - How to take advantage of rapid prototyping technologies such as SLA, SLS, FDM, LOM, and 3D Printing.
- Prototype Design - How to determine the best design that's right for you and for your future customers.
- Demonstration - How to demonstrate your prototype for the best impact to get a deal with companies, investors, or partners.
- Feedback - How to get free feedback on your prototype to improve the marketability of your invention.
The material is clear and concise. There's no fluff. I understand your time is valuable and you want to get to the meat of the issues quick and easy.
Tax Tip: Educational material such as this guidebook is likely to be deductible as a business expense. Consult with an accountant or financial advisor for details.
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