9 Prototyping tips that we follow while creating a new technical device…
Product development consists of several steps, which define the process. Competitor analysis, conceptual design and engineering converge in the final crucial stage, where all solutions are being put to the test — prototyping.
Here are 9 prototyping tips that we follow while creating a new technical device:
1. Technology matters: choosing the right prototyping technology is fundamental. It is advisable to focus on a serial product and its characteristics and select technologies that allow you to manufacture a prototype that will represent the final product.
2. Slight inaccuracies are allowed: you should always remember that you are making a prototype, not a serial product, and it must perform a specific task, and not meet all the requirements.
3. Innovation requires iterations: typically, a prototype goes through three to four iterations until the desired result is achieved. The more innovative the product is, the more iterations will be needed.
4. “A tethered prototype technician soon starves”: the design of the prototype takes place in an ideal environment where the specialist has access to material, but in some cases, the workshops are not fully equipped.
5. Find the main technical unit: it is advisable to start prototyping from the most problematic and complex structural aspect. These may require additional resources, but ultimately this approach will optimize time, budget and reduce the possible amount of future rework.
6. Rely on software, but don’t mess up yourself: modern software allows you to make a lot of calculations at the stage of technical design. But you can’t trust this blindly — machines are not 100% right.
7. Get ready for unusual tests: it is necessary to test the product in all possible operating conditions, therefore unusual tests might happen.
8. Mistakes are part of the process: don’t be afraid to make or discover flaws in the prototypes— they are made to test out technical hypotheses and solutions, so mistakes are inevitable.
9. Ready-made electronics are the optimal way: we advise to use ready-made electronics for prototypes, given the fact that they are pre-design tools that have a high debugging speed, a large component base, and a set of code libraries, which is perfect in terms of time and quality.