There are dozens of ways to prototype parts and hundreds of suppliers that can help. Whether you’re looking for a prototype for marketing appeal, user experience research or to test general functionality there are lots of decisions to be made.
To make prototyping decision easier, we work with you and our network of prototype suppliers to determine your prototyping requirements and minimize costly mistakes.
Visual Concept Prototypes
Visual and Cosmetic model prototypes are used to support your market research and sales activities needs.
Many of our clients use visual model prototypes to promote their product to gain deeper knowledge of people’s reaction to the product concept including: form, use, size and colors.
What Are You Going to Use the Prototype For?
The type of visual concept prototype you require depends on your needs. If you are looking to present a product concept and get a reaction, a virtual prototype may suffice. However, if you’re attending a tradeshow, meeting with prospective investors or conducting market research, a more elaborate non-function visual prototype may be required.
Here’s a breakdown of the 3 types of concept level prototypes we can create for you:
- Virtual Prototypes:
These are Quick Rendered Photo Images from 3D CAD programs like SolidWorks. These are great for websites or to demonstrate product concepts to clients or investors
For large products, create full scale prototypes is expensive and inefficient. We often create scaled models to demonstrate product concepts and functionalities.
For quick hand build representations of a concept (hand made from foam, rubber, wood and metal depending on the requirements)
Functional or bench model prototypes are a functional representation of your product. They are used to help tune the operation of a part or sub assembly of a product.
The design team recommends early stage Bench Models for items that are seen as higher risk of working. Exploration of a real physical object or assembly in some cases allows the refinement of a feature much faster than exploring concept variations of the product on a computer model.
Moving, interacting parts can be quickly refined and new opportunities identified while a craftsperson explores a concept with their hands and mind physically on a bench in a concept shop with the right tools and materials.
Bench Models can be built many ways include:
- Styrofoam models with hot glue, wires and other materials
- Quick Cut in-house machined parts for surface analysis, fit, operation
- Purchased off the shelf and modified components
- Storyboarding user interface options to identify ease of use keys/controls