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 invention development firm offers rapid prototyping – a quick form of fabrication of prototypes using physical parts or models mainly used 3D computer-aided designs (CAD). The creation of the parts, models, and assembly is typically done through using additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Simply explain, 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 design in the fastest and most efficient way possible.
Does Rapid Prototyping Mean Instantaneous Prototyping?
A common question we get at our Oakland invention development firm, Mako Design, regarding our rapid prototyping services is if rapid prototyping suggests that a prototype can be made and assembled within a week or even less! Although we understand how exciting it is to have an idea and want to see it come to fruition as fast as possible, rapid prototype and instantaneous prototyping are not synonymous. Rapid prototyping refers to using advanced technologies like 3D printing to quickly receive the parts of your prototyping within a week and have them assembled and put together after the parts have been made. Rapid prototyping doesn’t mean that a prototype can be made overnight, but definitely within the month or less, which within the product development and prototyping realm is considered rapid! It’s important to remember that you want your prototype to be as close to the actual finished model of your product in order to fully see its limits, constraints, and possible areas of improvements that should be made so that you’ll be fully prepared and ready to move onto the next stage of product development.
How We Use and Perform and Use Rapid Prototyping at Our Oakland Invention Development Firm
Working with the Mako Design team at our Oakland invention development firm is as simple as just having an idea and bringing it to the team to discuss! After signing an NDA to make sure your idea is yours and fully protected, we can help walk you through the steps and give a better idea of the product development and process of your invention. If rapid prototyping is required, we can better layout a schedule of deliverables and what parts need to be made, brought in, and assembled to help create your first rapid prototype! The team at Mako value transparency and communication while we navigate the product development process with our clients are constantly sent feedbacks about how prototyping is going, therefore we make sure to send over any updates as soon as possible to ensure that our client’s prototypes are going out on time, efficiently, and accurate to their design needs.
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A prototype for made for our client, the Companion Bike!
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at +1 (888) 806-6256 (MAKO) and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, 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. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.