Prototype development is the process of testing your invention to see if it does what it's intended to do - to expose flaws in your concept - or to explore alternative solutions to your design.
It is a "concept testing process" to learn how to reproduce something that will function as you desire, or discover design refinements to reduce production costs. The term "reduction to practice" is the term used to describe this process.
You should record everything you're doing such as test results, experiments, and materials used. Often, multiple versions of prototypes are consecutively constructed and modified to progress to a final design.
In prototype development companies, specialized skills and tools are used in this process. You may want to educate yourself about the tools and skills used to fabricate prototypes similar to your invention.
One of these tools is computer aided or animation modeling software that can create virtual, functional, three-dimensional prototypes that can be tested on a computer.
You might also considered consulting or outsourcing certain aspects of your development to an engineer, designer or draftsman.
You could outsource one part of your prototype to one source and another part to another source. Only you know the purpose of the parts and how they work when combined together.
You should consider consulting with tool-and-die shops, fabricators, technical schools, colleges, universities or trades like welders or pipe fitters. You could also use global outsourcing services.
Outsourcing has been around for many years but it has steadily increased due to the reduction of global barriers and the evolution of technologies in communication and transportation.
Today, we can have something delivered anywhere in the world the next day and we can communicate worldwide in virtually any medium instantly.
So although global outsourcing may have been difficult or questionable in the past, it is no longer that way. Times have changed. There are now reputable and successful online outsourcing services that facilitate your requirement for an expert to help you with your prototype development.
The main advantages to outsourcing are: saving money, saving time, and adding value. However, another key advantage is “speed to market” meaning that in a fast paced competitive market you need to move quickly. You can only move quickly if you have the resources to do so and that’s why outsourcing is an advantage.
Outsourcing provides a diversity of qualifications and skill-sets to help deliver those services and products. You can delegate tasks that are repetitive or ongoing, or those you simply don’t like doing. If you need some work done that is expensive in your part of the world, you can have a professional in another part of the world perform equal or better quality work for less money.
A lot of outsourced work is done in developing countries where the economics allow highly skilled individuals to reap better savings and operate within tighter budgets. However, there are also individuals working from their homes looking for part-time income.
This type of work is also scalable, meaning you use it as you need it while reducing costs, increasing productivity and becoming more profitable. To find out more about outsourcing - how it works, where to go, what to do and not do - subscribe to the link below for our series of free ebooks.
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