Creating prototypes used to be a slow process given the early technologies available during the 1980s. With the advent of new technology, rapid prototyping or the fabrication of scale models became faster and more efficient. The use of three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data and 3D printing are some of the methods used today for rapid prototyping.
Other techniques used are as follows: ballistic particle manufacturing (BPM), directed light fabrication (DLF), direct-shell production casting (DSPC), fused deposition modeling (FDM), laminated object manufacturing (LOM), shape deposition manufacturing (SDM), solid ground curing (SGC), stereolithography (SL), selective and laser sintering (SLS).
A prototype can be described as ‘an original model on which something is patterned.’ A prototype is a working model of a sample that has been created to check the functionality of the final product. A prototype can be manufactured before a large as well as small -volume of production requirement. In other cases, prototyping can be carried out for a single model requirement.
How do you manufacture a prototype? There are many ways to do this, which way you will depend on the amount of time, effort and money you are willing to spend. One common and free way to make a prototype is by using Google Sketch-up.
Creating prototypes for any product is always preferred before the actual product comes into the market. This is because once the prototype is used by the users, the manufacturers get an idea of whether the product will be useful or there is any modification required to be done. This process of taking feedback using the prototypes is referred as prototyping. There are lots of methods using which the process of prototyping could be made effective. The prototyping model, therefore, must be selected carefully to examine the usefulness of the products efficiently.
Your idea belongs to you and nobody else can exactly figure out your idea as clearly as you can yourself do. Others need something real and tangible to know what exactly is in your mind. When an idea of creating a particular product strikes your mind, only you know about how that product will look like after being produced. Do you think the same picture could be visualized by anyone else even if you explain the product’s design clearly to him or her? Not really. To give your idea a definite structure, creating a proper prototype design for your product is important.
When you think of preparing something or developing something, it proves that you have already though of how it would look like. Am I right? You already have an idea that you think of developing when it comes to invention any product. When you provide a shape to your idea and reveal how your invention would look like after complete development, that virtual layout is what is called a prototype.