Build a Prototype
by Bob Larsen
(Seattle, WA, US)
My idea is too simple not to have been marketed by now. Yet no one is making what I have in mind. It is an inexpensive consumer product that millions of car owners will want.
What should I do?
I have a background in manufacturing, from the days before such jobs left this country.
If you are serious about your invention you need to build a working model. Having just an idea is not enough to move forward with. However, if you build a prototype you have something tangible.
Building a prototype will allow you to raise money for your invention on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
If you are not interested in taking this route you can take your prototype to manufacturers to drum up interest in licensing the product so they can produce it and simply pay you a royalty.
Everything starts with a prototype in the world of inventing today. If you need inspiration look at the maker movement. People are building their dreams on a daily basis at Makerspaces, in their garage or using inexpensive prototyping and manufacturing that is now available.
A model or prototype is where I would start.