You have a great idea for a product and want to move forward. So what's next? Creating a prototype allows you to make your idea a reality. A prototype is a three-dimensional version of your product idea.
Benefits For Creating A Prototype
- Allows you to test the functionality of your product
Things sound great in theory, but will they hold up in reality? A prototype will help you test your theory, help you see flaws and show possible better designs.
- Visual aids impress buyers
A prototype will allow you to bring a visual aid to a meeting with a potential buyer. This will show the buyer you are serious about your product. It is also easier to describe your idea when others can see what the end product will look like.
- Allows you to be creative with your ideas
Making a prototype gives you a hands on chance to change your idea in to a real product. You can test different styles, materials, and setups so that your final product will be exactly what you want. You were creative with your product idea, now be creative with your product image!
When you are ready to create your prototype, there are different options for how to begin. You can create your own prototype or you can hire a company to help.
Creating Your Own Prototype
You created the idea, why not also create the prototype?
- Begin by making drawings of your product. You can do this on paper with a pencil or on a computer using a drawing assistance program.
- Make a basic model of your product. This can be just the outside of your product carved into wood, foam, metal, cardboard, etc. You want a crude visual of the frame of your product.
- Pick a material to make your prototype out of. You can try multiple materials to see what fits best for your product.
- Make a working model of your product if possible. If you cannot make a working model, make all the pieces required for your product so a buyer can see what all will go in to your product.
Hiring A Professional To Create Your Prototype
If creating your own prototype is not possible, hire a professional to help.
- Research universities, colleges, engineering schools, inventor organizations, and invention marketing companies for information on finding the right professional to help make your prototype.
- Make sure you describe your product in great detail. Since the professional doesn't know your product as well as you, give them as much information as you can so they understand what you want out of the prototype. Provide drawings if possible.
- Discuss fees before they begin so there are no surprises at the end.
- Have the professional sign a nondisclosure agreement. This ensures your product idea will remain yours.