Prototype makers can help you create your product idea. The benefits of a prototype for an invention cannot be overstated. Prototypes give your idea credibility by becoming a proof of concept. Click here for a review of the different rapid prototype processes. You can tell someone how well your idea works but if you show them a working prototype there is no debate.
Prototypes also allow you to understand how your invention will be manufactured, how much it will cost to produce and how users will interact with your product.
To fully develop and test your invention you will need to create a prototype. If you are not comfortable using tools or working on your idea yourself you will need product development assistance.
There are several sources of prototype makers that are useful to inventors. You may want to try to build your own prototype or model. Many times you can make a crude prototype yourself using common household items. Having a workshop and a big pile of junk or raw materials can help but all you need is some creativity.
If your idea is complex and you are out of your comfort zone you will need to seek assistance. Prototype makers can help.
A low cost solution is to visit a local trade school and get some help from the students and teachers. Schools and universities are excellent inexpensive resources that is often overlooked. I once had a 200 page industry research report done by 4 MBA students for free. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.
Another option is to work with a rapid prototyping company to get a model made. These companies can make any type of model out of every material imaginable.
The final option is a full service product development or industrial design company. These companies can do it all from designing your product to delivering fully realistic and working pre production models.
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