Why do we prototype? What does it mean?
Well, a sketch of a concept is useful to an extent, but how do you turn it into something meaningful which you can relate to… prototype it! We use a range of methods to construct physical models of products to really understand and reflect upon their ability to function in the real world and meet their intended requirements.
We also use the opportunity to continue to evaluate the manufacturability of the design through careful analysis of its features, developing the design where needed.
Through our facilities in-house to oversee initial prototyping activities as well as having access to our established links with external prototyping providers, we can provide SLS, SLA, FDM and CNC rapid prototyped parts, with the ability to finish them to a presentation-quality finish. These are extremely valuable as a resource for marketing a product to potential investors and retailers prior to the final manufactured version.
By having the opportunity to evaluate design detailing through prototyping, we are able to discover potential issues quickly and resolve them, minimising the risk of design issues emerging further down the line.
This benefits all parties involved, as the consequences of not being able to evaluate design detailing through a physical model can be significant, potentially increasing project lead times and cost.