At MAKO Design + Invent’s Oakland-based product design services firm, we offer a variety of helpful and innovative ways to best suit the project’s needs and requirements of our clients. We are always ready to take on any new design projects and tackle design challenges in innovative ways.
One service that we offer our clients and that has been especially helpful is rapid prototyping. Prototyping is one of the most highly recommended ways that we suggest our clients prioritize in their design process in order to test out and look for improvements in their design – which is where rapid prototyping comes in handy.
Learn more about what rapid prototyping and what it offers to inventors below!
What is Rapid Prototyping?
Anyone can get a prototype done – however, for time-sensitive projects or for those who are looking to get their idea out there as fast as possible and want to see their product in the physical quickly, rapid prototyping is a helpful and innovative option.
Our Oakland-based product design services firm offers rapid prototyping – a quick form of fabrication of prototypes using physical parts or models in conjunction with 3D computer-aided design (CAD).
The creation of the parts, models, and assembly is typically done through using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Essentially, rapid prototyping is a prototyping workflow that consists of ideation, prototyping, and testing. It helps designers and inventors quickly discover and validate their ideas and designs in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
The Benefits of Rapid Prototyping
There are many different benefits that come along with rapid prototyping that our Oakland-based product design services firm offers. We list each benefit below to help explain more about the salience of rapid prototyping for your project.
It’s a Safe Option
No matter what product you are trying to build, prototyping is almost always necessary in order to review, test out, and identify necessary improvements for your design.
Depending on the complexity of your project and your product functionality, making multiple prototypes is recommended in order to fully try out different concepts and approach the design of your product in different ways. However, making multiple prototypes can be costly, which is why rapid prototyping is great for making multiple prototypes without spending the full amount you would when making full-scale prototypes.
Rapid prototyping is not only a safe option money-wise but also saves you the time and effort of having full-scale prototypes with big mistakes and allows you to go back and forth between deciding which designs you like more for your product.
Fastest Way to Create a Prototype
By far, one of the greatest benefits of rapid prototyping that our Oakland-based product design firm has to offer is that it is the quickest way to make and put together a functioning prototype.
If you decide to make any changes, no matter how big or small they may be, quickly making another prototype to test out the new changes can be done quickly and efficiently and won’t slow down the progress of your project.
Rapid prototyping is one of the best methods for prototyping, especially if you are running on deadlines or have time constraints when you’d like your project to be completed.
Boosts Creativity and Problem Solving
Another great benefit of rapid prototyping is being able to see your prototype in its physical and work around any problems or mistakes you may have missed or encountered after testing out your prototype.
Our Oakland-based product design services firm sees rapid prototyping not only as a way to help you boost your problem-solving skills but also to help you look for more innovative and creative ways to fix the problems you encounter in your prototypes. It also helps you think of new ways in which you could redesign your product to make something even greater.
MAKO Design + Invent is still making prototypes in accordance with imposed COVID-19 safety measures, learn more here!
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO by visiting our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO, and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!