Have you ever wondered how new products make it to market? There are many factors to consider when it comes to industrial product design. For example, a lot of research and development may take place, and then the new (or improved) product gets tested. Prototypes are usually the first products produced and for good reason. Here is more information on prototyping and its importance to industry.
How Prototyping Works
Most new products on the market today are not manufactured without a great deal of testing on working models or prototypes. A prototype is a model of the new product, and it can sometimes be made from inexpensive materials. For example, if you want to create a new stainless steel device, the prototype may be made from plastic or wood. Often times, prototypes get destroyed in testing, and it is cost-effective to use the cheapest materials.
You may need many prototypes during the course of industrial product design. When one model fails, you can make the needed changes to correct the problem. This may go on for some time.
Not All Prototypes are Actual Products
Thanks to technology like computer aided design (CAD) software programs, you can create visual prototypes with three dimensional views. In fact, many manufactured prototypes start out as 3D designs. CAD programs give you the chance to view the finished product and sometimes, changes are made just from visual concepts from the new product.
A big part of industrial product design is determining feasibility, and it all boils down to costs. Prototypes help companies determine what kind of equipment is needed for production, how much time it takes to manufacture the new product, and what kind of materials are needed. In fact, many businesses choose to outsource their R&D and prototyping to trusted manufacturers specializing in these services.