Best Steps to Create an Effective Product Prototype
Effective Product Prototype
A prototype is a three-dimensional version of your idea. Creating one is one of the most essential steps in the product invention process.
Over 600,000 patent applications are filed each year at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) out of which 52% are approved.
You may be wondering what it has to do with creating a prototype. Well, it has been observed in research that building a prototype is an effective way to improve the odds of getting a patent grant. While it’s not mandatory, creating one indicates that you have given an ample amount of time and effort to plan the details. It leads to the success of your product.
In today’s blog, we are taking you through the steps to create an effective product prototype. Let’s go!
A Guide to Create a Product Prototype
Begin with the Concept Sketch
It is the first step to turn your idea into reality. Writing down or sketching your concept on actual paper can help it come to life making a huge difference to the process. It helps you visualize your prototype in detail.
You can put it directly on a digital drawing but starting with paper is more efficient. Creating a prototype in an early stage is about lots of ideas running through your mind. It is time-saving to draw these ideas on paper rather than putting time in drawing them digitally with perfection.
You can keep this sketch notebook as documentation while submitting your patent. It may also help you if you ever need to defend your ownership of your intellectual idea and concept. Hand-made sketches carry more weightage in court than digital drawings.
Convert it to a Virtual Model
Having a paper sketch is a good way to get clarity on your idea but having a 3D model allows you to rotate and animate your virtual sketch to view it at all angles. It gives you better clarity on how your design will look before you finalize it.
Professional graphic designers and prototype designers can help you see how the tangible version of your design will appear.
They use tools like NVIDIA Iray, CATIA Live Rendering, and Quadro to transform your 3D drawing into a photorealistic prototype.
Build a Physical Prototype
Once your virtual model is approved, you will want to have a physical prototype. At this stage, you can get to see your design come to life. It is where cost constraints take place. Some investors are lucky enough to be skilled to create a physical prototype on their own. However, for others, there are other resources.
Once you are done creating your prototype, you may find flaws to correct before you apply it for the patent. Build working prototypes with less expensive materials as it may require fixing design flaws. As you improve your design, you can eventually end up with a prototype that resembles your final product.
Locate a Skilled and Experienced Manufacturer
Now, as you have sketched, digitalized, and built your design, you are all set to apply for a patent. However, you may want to find an experienced manufacturer who helps you with your design. They can assist you to build your product at a profitable price.
Some manufacturers offer 3D printing and prototyping testing services as well – it lets you combine the above multiple steps into one. Research the market and get estimates from different manufacturers. Getting the right manufacturer will save you money and time.
Creating an effective product prototype is a long and complex process. However, taking the right steps can make it smooth and hassle-free.
To make your prototype development process easier, take help from Karma Product Development. Our dedicated team can assist you with tailored approaches to turn your idea into reality. Contact us right away and develop perfection in your concept.