3D has turned into a clean technology that is easier to use, rapid prototyping services are able to create structural plastic or metal parts with levels of precision where are unheard of in this industry until not so long ago. These new prototypes are priced at lower costs than anything you could have paid with traditional tooling. An industry that previously took a lot of time to deliver any sort of finished product has become one of the most efficient thanks in no small part to the quick turnaround that can be achieved thanks to 3D printing technology.
A prototype on itself works as the learning curve of any manufacturing project since they are helping to bring our ideas to life. Anyone can have an idea that they perceive to be disruptive to a specific industry, but facing reality is an entirely different matter. Doing market research is an easy way to demoralize anyone’s dreams, but it’s also a helpful way to keep your feet grounded in reality. Getting to that moment of realization is very difficult for many entrepreneurs since a lot of them are unable to compromise and offer some flexibility to their initial concepts.
What should you do then, if you want to move forward with your great idea for a product and make it work? We are glad you asked! Here is how rapid prototyping can help you with your project as long as you embrace the manufacturing method with an open mind:
Hold on to Your Original Idea
You must be scratching your head after reading the first couple of paragraphs, but hear us out for a moment: when you conceive a product, you instantly think about a specific functionality for it. Having some flexibility when it comes to fixing details in your original design is one thing. But if the product you are creating loses all sense of functionality for your original purposes after being revised, then something is not right with the design process. Your rapid prototyping services should give you a general outlook on the product when it comes to looks and functionality of your product, it shouldn’t make you question the original purpose of it.
See it, Feel it
Even with a powerful presentation in place to explain the functionality of your project, you can’t really make anyone understand what you want to achieve if you don’t have a living, functional model of the product in your hands. That’s why Steve Jobs used to go on stage with the products he created on hand, even if the date of release was far away. Offering a chance to experience a product first-hand takes away a lot of questions of the table since the prototype will do most of the talking for you in a way that no PowerPoint or set of stills can manage. Your investors will jump at the chance to work with you because you showed them how your product works and that’s it.
WorkOut the Details
No one likes an editing process, and yet this is how so many products are tested for performance every single day before being released. The low costs of rapid prototyping services have killed the need to wait for months to make revisions. After undergoing inspection at the various stages of development, there will be issues that need to be worked out. Here’s where you need to find the balance to keep your product as original as you intended, and as functional as you need it.