Why Prototyping is Important for Product Success

Posted by Briana Lipor on 1/22/20 9:00 AM

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Prototyping is an essential element to the design and engineering process.

Rapid prototyping provides engineer, design and development teams with distinct advantages. It should be an integral part of any manufacturing organization's product plan. The benefits of speed iteration, improving design quality, lowering costs, providing a tool to evaluate the market and going to market quickly provide more efficient development which will result in better products with better profits and revenue. 


Product Testing

The greatest benefit of prototyping is the ability to test various part concepts quickly. Even the best engineers and designers are regularly surprised by what can be learned by evaluating and testing a part. Details that may not be apparent on a CAD will show up readily in a prototype. This helps eliminate costly mistakes, improves the quality of the design and allows more valuable iteration cycles of concept to prototype. 


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Time is Money

The ability to explore and realize concepts more quickly ultimately saves you money in the long run. Prototyping allows you to move beyond the mere visualization of a product, making it easier to grasp the properties and design of a product. A manufacturability assessment can also be done simultaneously to save time and ensure that the product can be manufactured as is. 


Opportunity for Change

Being able to communicate concepts concisely and effectively by taking ideas from a flat 2 dimensional visual to a hands-on product. Prototyping allows you to create repeat designs and incorporate changes that allow for the evaluation and testing of the product. This iterative process provides a roadmap to developing and refining the final product. 


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Product Development

Prototyping gives you the opportunity to gain early data on how the market accepts or reacts to a product allowing you the opportunity to improve and finalize the design. Product development is very sequential, but prototyping places efforts in parallel. Once a design has been completed, prototyping can be used to push a product market, quickly capitalizing on any window of opportunity while long lead-time tooling is underway. This yields greater control over a product's launch and early market adoption. 


3D Printed Tooling

3D printed tooling for prototyping saves time and money especially while still in the experimentation stages. 3D printed tooling for prototyping and even low volume production runs lets you minimize mistakes that would result in costly tooling revisions or remakes. Low volume production allows companies to test their product out. If a company needs to know how well a product may sell in different areas of the marketplace, a low volume production run will allow the flexibility to test the product in several areas. 3D printing also provides an expedited transition from design to full production. 


At Reflective Concepts, we are the leaders in rapid prototyping and low volume production for the lighting industry. Our team of design engineers use photometric and CAD design software to create a flawless product for our clients. Let RCI handle your next rapid prototype.

Contact us at 866-276-6242.




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