FEATURE SET VALIDATION
Successful product prototype 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 making, feature sets can be tested and validated, reducing risk in later development work. We apply Lean Principles to the prototyping process, which makes the most of your 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 product prototyping includes only the design and engineering elements that are critical to test or validate at that point in time. Product prototypes are learning tools – prototype development companies will include things needed to answer feasibility, ergonomics, user experience questions – and much more. Our prototyping approach is in line with methods defined in The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. In fact, one of our projects was highlighted in the book.