How To Create A Prototype
A prototype is simply turning the idea or concept of your product into reality. To encourage people to invest in your idea or product, it is very important to make it presentable first and that is what a prototype does.
Now the next step is how to do it? How to convert your imagination into reality? Following are the steps that will help you in converting your dreams into a reality of a new idea:
Make a clean sketch of your invention:
Before you start building your product, make a rough but clean sketch of your invention on a paper. It will give you time to improve it further or to correct the flaws. You can also make a CAD drawing if you have that software. Try to keep all the drafts and rough sketches in one file. I love CAD Drawings/Models because it gives a clear and concise vision of my exact thoughts visually. So we often opt for CAD renderings for all our product ideas before moving forward.
Make a rough handmade version:
In this step, the design does not need to be perfect, it should, however, be presentable. It can be made with any material like wood, foam or metal etc. It should be similar to the invention as much as possible. The reason is to make sure that creating your product, in reality, is possible. Use the material if possible that you will be using for the actual product. For example, for our teething mitten invention, we purchase a snow glove and modified it as close as possible to our CAD rendering.
Make a CAD model of your product:
There are different types of software available that will help you in CAD modeling of your idea. Such programs include Invision and Prototyping on Paper. It will save your time and cost you less at the same time. You can take the help of any programmer or do so on a mobile application. We work with an design engineer.
Use a program for modeling:
Apart from making a sketch by yourself on a paper, you can also take the help of a modeling software. This software takes your idea and turns them into a computerized version that will assist you in seeing the real version better. In this way, your time will be saved and it will cost you less to build a design that is both interactive and in 3D version.
Search for suitable prototype maker:
Points involved in making a prototype are labor costs, molding, and assembly. Search for a prototype maker that is accurate for all your needs. You should discuss every detail with them including what material you need and what cost you can afford. You can also contact some local student or use free resources in order to make a prototype.
Protection of your design:
Get a complete history and credentials of the prototype company or engineer you decide to work/consult with and delivering your design to. Get the reviews of the company from its customers as well or get referrals.
To protect your product, you must make sure that they sign an NDA (None disclosure agreement) so that your product concept/idea is safe to share. You can also later down the line, get a patent for your invention and in this way, your idea will remain authentic and no one will likely try to copy it. Ok, REALITY check. An NDA won't stop someone from taking your idea. Just like a patent is only as strong as you are able to financially protect it! So place those fears aside and just EXECUTE your idea.
Go for 3D printing:
The latest trend used by most of the industrial engineers these days is 3D printing. The CAD designs you have already made are scanned and 3D models are made by layering the required material. Now, these printers are also available at homes so you can make one by yourself. Don’t forget to get NDA signed before discussing your design. We normally print our 3d cad designs with a local printer. We just simply upload the design to their website portal and receive a 3d printed version of our idea based on our CAD rendering. You can check them out here: https://voodoomfg.com
The better your product is, the easier it will attract investors. At first, you can seek funding from your friends and family or use your savings if any. If this idea does not work then you can go for investing companies. You can search an investor through different websites like Kickstarter and Y Combinator. Search for the brands that might be interested in your product. This route is totally dependent on whether or not you need an investor of course. You can always do a small trial run and see how sales go to prove the market, before even pitching to investors. Or simply just to grow the business this way.
Complete the orders:
Try to sell as many products as you can. You will have to manage the initial costs so start with a small investment at first. The first production must be done with complete accuracy and you should never compromise on quality.
You can easily follow the above steps and turn your Dreams Into Reality. You can make your idea come to fruition by presenting it in the form of a prototype.
Here is an example of our very own Cad mockup turn to a shelf-ready product that you can now purchase worldwide. Having a prototype is one step, but DOING the work to execute your Dreams Into Reality is where the real reward comes to life!
Since we've invented and brought to market several products, and built an amazing team. We can take the stress out of this entire process for you.
Let us assist you today with getting your idea to market.
- Arianne Cedeno