Are you an idea generator? Do you have visions but do not know how to bring them to life? If so, CHOi Design Group is a Chicago product design firm who wants to partner with you. We are available to work with you every step of the way and want to detail out here how you can turn your idea into a reality.
One of the first steps of bringing your idea to life is creating a prototype. Simply put this is a three-dimensional version of your invention. This is the fun part! You get to physically see your vision come to life. But how do you do this? And what exactly should your prototype look like?
The easy answer is it depends on your idea. It also depends on your budget and goals. For your first go at it, keep it simple and basic. If you can create a homemade prototype for demonstration purposes, that is great. That is all you need. It does not matter what it is made of as long as it shows what it is intended to do. Eventually, if you decide to move forward with your idea, you will need a more sophisticated prototype known as a “pre-production” prototype.
There are many advantages creating a prototype brings to the development process. For one, it allows you to test and refine the functionality of your product. Through your tests, you will be able to try several different materials for your design and see which works best. Ultimately, with your refined prototype, you will be taken more seriously. Whether it is meeting with your attorney or working with a potential licensing company, you will set yourself apart from others who contacted them with only vague ideas to talk about.
Steps to Build Your Product’s First Prototype:
- Create a Sketch
- Develop a Visual or Digital Representation
- Build a Physical Prototype
- Create a Manufacturer Relationship
Some of these steps discussed can usually be completed by you. If your project is stalled, your time is stretched, or your prototype is subpar, it is likely time to bring it to the professionals. This can be done by researching prototype developers, engineers, designers, and manufacturers on your own or it is the perfect time to bring in a product design firm to guide you through the next steps in the process.
CHOi Design Group is a product development group in Chicago ready and able to work with you now. Not only can we guide your through the process to build a prototype, our expert team can help you through the entire product design and development process.
Contact us today to discuss your ideas and vision and we can help you make it a reality.