Product Prototyping | MAKO Design + Invent

Product Prototyping

Product Prototyping

When it comes to physical consumer products, Mako designs, engineers, and creates almost every type of prototype part imaginable for our clients.  Through our two in-house prototype shops, our mechanical design and engineering talent, and our global network of parts, materials, and supplies vendors, Mako can pretty much do it all.  We generally start with a rough prototype to test the form and quasi functionality of the new design.  If there are electronics, we may concurrently create a breadboard (large format version) of the electronics to test all electronics functionality.  From there, whether it’s an electronic product or a non-electronic product, we develop incredibly beautiful and highly functional presentation prototypes.  These are used for two purposes, both are very important.  First use is for marketing, promotion, investment raising, and/or pre-selling the product.  Second use is to test and refine the function, aesthetics, and/or materials to ensure the product is nearly perfect, before going into manufacturing.  This process ensures that once we cross the bridge into manufacturing, it is a smooth ride to the first production run (which also helps if you are looking to use your prototype to licence or sell the IP to your product, as manufacturing-ready is what those partners will be looking for).

Mako’s Secrets to Client Success: Mako’s secret to being the top product development solution to small business product clients is comprised of 5 main pillars:

  1. Product Design Processes Tailored to Small Businesses / Startups.  We have spent 20 years creating, testing, refining, and perfecting the many product development processes required to create global calibre products, but specifically for small businesses and startups only.  It is only an intense focus on this specific product development niche that has brought us to the point where we can ensure we are perfectly aligned with the client’s product vision, are able to design it to a modern top-tier calibre, do it in an incredibly timely manner, and all at small business budgets.  This alone is what makes it impossible to compete with Mako in this specific niche market; however, this is only 1 of 5 pillars of Mako’s industry-leading product design services.
  2. The Most Advanced Industrial Design Library on Earth.  We have a library of over 1,000 products that we have developed in-house for our clients, each with dozens of sub-processes, materials analysis, mechanics, electronics, etc.  This incredible wealth of knowledge ensures we can tackle most new consumer product ideas with a deep understanding of most if not all individual design elements of your project.  Most design firms don’t even have knowledge libraries, let alone the sheer size of ours, let alone how organized and technologically advanced ours is.
  3. Exclusively Highly Experienced Designers.  More than half of our designers are out of mid to senior level design positions from Dell, Nike, Bose, Boing, and others.  And not just designers with great titles at these firms, but designers who were responsible for actual CAD design all day every day – The builders.  We have no junior designers, even for industrial design or concept design, as all of our client projects have the intent of going all the way to production.  Whether the client themselves go to production, or the client sells or licences to someone who does, either way, Mako is usually on the hook to ensure production runs smoothly, so we want to ensure that we are designing reliable and cost-effective manufacturable projects right from the onset of the project.
  4. Breadth of Product Design Team.  To design a quality product, and have it developed quickly, it takes between 5 and 8 design experts throughout the process from initial sketch to eventual production.  Given Mako’s large and multi-faceted team, we are able to put together the best people at each stage of development to ensure the most qualified expert is on each unique part of the product and each stage of development.  Some of our clients also have 1 or 2 of the above experts (or are an expert themselves), so this further helps in our joint ability to bring the best Mako folks in together with the client experts to ensure a design team that is whole from end to end.
  5. Timely and Cost Effective.  How can the quality and standard be so high, but also be cost effective and quickly executed?  Well, the above 4 answers, combined, is how it’s done – By having incredible design processes, a massive consumer product library, highly talented and efficient designers, and a large team to handle all elements from sketch to shelves, this is how we ensure that costs are at small business levels while quality is world-class, and done on a tight schedule.  This creates the magical win-win for everyone involved.

CONTACT US to talk in detail about the specifics of your project to see what Mako can do for you.