Moving from Idea to Prototype

Written by RevPart

light bulb on prototype ideas
Idea! / photo by Ramunas Geciauskas

Have an idea for a new product? Your first step is to make sure it isn’t a design that has already been invented or if it has been, that your idea shows an important improvement.

Check online retailers to see if you can find similar parts. Just because it isn’t on the shelves of your local Walmart doesn’t mean it isn’t in an online boutique somewhere, so be thorough! Another good place to look is the United States patent office to make sure you can claim the legal right to your design.

Once you’re in the clear, it’s time to begin developing your prototype. If you haven’t sketched it out yet, start there. You can’t get anything done if you can’t even show it off! After your “napkin sketch” is complete, you’re going to need a 3D drawing.

3D CAD train prototype
CAD model of a toy train / photo by Jez

Although there is free software available for you to do this yourself (like Google’s Sketup Make) it’s going to be a lot easier and probably less frustrating to hire someone to do this part for you.

Once you have your 3D computer drawing, upload it for a quote! You need to specify how you want it made—through 3D printing, CNC machining, or injection molding—and out of what kind of material. You should also let us know if you want any kind of special finishes or decorations (like spray painting or laser etching).

You’ll receive your quote within twenty-four hours so you can decide when you’d like to place your order. Our quotes contain lead times so you’ll know exactly how long it will take from placing your order to having your prototype in your hands.

Do you have any great ideas that you need to see as a prototype? Let us know now!

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