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Types of Prototypes: Basic Facts

A prototype translates industrial ideas into a tangible reality. A team of highly trained professionals take the specifications of your entrepreneurial idea and using the latest CAD technology they sketch your ideas. Then, with the help of computer simulations, these CAD drawings are translated into a prototype which is an exact copy of the final product.

Prototyping will help you get an accurate and perfect working model of your innovation, enabling you to weigh a few different options, tweak them and finally come up with a flawless design.

There are two types of widely used prototyping techniques – industrial prototyping and rapid prototyping.

Industrial Prototyping

Industrial prototyping produces fully functional prototypes quickly and cost effectively. This technique can be used to produce a wide variety of small and large parts used in industrial applications. Industrial prototyping can reduce design time, testing time and cost. It offers better visualisation of products in addition to drawings and computer models. This technique helps you to avoid assembling problems in the later stages of production.

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping makes use of computer technology to turn designs into three-dimensional objects. This technique is used for designing models as well as prototyping parts from an already drawn plan. This technique can speed up product development and ensure high-quality and faultless products.

Types or Stages of Prototyping

Types of Prototyping

Three types or three stages of prototyping exist, which include Breadboard, Presentation Prototype and Pre-Production Prototype.

Breadboard: Breadboard builds a basic working model of the final product. The types of prototypes crafted in this stage can be used for communicating your design concepts to potential model makers or manufacturers so that they get a better idea about the look and feel of your final product.

Presentation Prototype: Presentation prototype creates a replica of the final product which can work as a promotional material. This stage will demonstrate the functionalities of the product, but might not be an exact copy of the final product.

Pre-Production Prototype: Pre-Production prototype offers you an exact copy of the final product, enabling you to examine every aspect of the product in detail and identify potential design issues before launching the final product. The drawings or photographs of this prototype can be used in brochures, mailings, pamphlets and advertising.

The completed prototype is a functional masterpiece. It can offer you a comprehensive understanding about your actual product and can help you identify and correct any problem that might occur at the later stages of production.

The three dimensional Rapid prototyping techniques will offer you a sense of reality and you can use them to sell your ideas to internal stake holders. All the above mentioned types of prototypes can also work as effective marketing tools.

Source by Claire L Taylor

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