- Conceptual Renderings
- Virtual Prototypes
- Feature Set Validation
- 3D prints for Aesthetic Validation
- Trade Show Prototypes
- Breadboard Electronics
- Electronics Mock-Up
- Quick-turn PCB Prototypes
- Presentation Protos for Investors
- Concept Communication Tools
- Mechanism Prototypes
- Functional Prototypes
- 3D Printed Assemblies
- Machined Parts
- Custom PCB Prototypes
- Kickstarter Prototypes
- Regulatory Management
- Prototype Software / Firmware
- App Prototypes
- Production-Representative Prototypes
- Final Functional Check Prototypes
- Manufacturing Review Tools
- Painted / Finished Prototypes
- High-Resolution 3D Printed Parts
- Fabricated Elements
- Integrated Electronics
- Final Test Prototypes
FEATURE SET VALIDATION
Successful development hinges upon a thorough understanding of what feature set are the right one for your product. By taking a smart approach to product prototype development, feature sets can be tested and validated, reducing risk in later development work. We apply Lean Principles to the development process, which makes the most of the development budget.
Nearly all of our projects include functional product prototypes as development tools. Once the proper feature set is identified, functional prototypes serve to determine if the design approach provides the function to deliver the feature. We create prototypes using our in-house electronics lab, in-house Stratasys 3D printer, as well as outside vendors for specific components.
Great design is not enough. Products must also be compatible with manufacturing processes and cost targets. Physical product prototypes in addition to virtual models serve to communicate intent to the manufacturer and open a discussion about final design changes for production.
MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT
A disciplined approach to prototyping includes only design/engineering elements that are critical to test or validate at that point in time. Product prototypes are a learning tool – we will include the things needed to answer the question – and nothing more. Our approach is in line with methods defined in The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. In fact, one of our projects is highlighted in the book.