Once you get an idea or invention written down and before you get it patented, you need to make sure that it works not only in theory but in real life as well. This is why creating a prototype is an essential step for every inventor to take.
Every invention has to have either a real or virtual prototype to give the user a better idea on how the invention works. It also gives the inventor a chance to fine tune anything that needs to be improvised to make the invention more feasible for use and for mass production.
Here are the 3 most common working prototype technologies that inventors take advantage of.
Casting can be done using either plastic, metal, silicone, wax, or plaster materials. The exact model of the parts that need to be produced are often casted to create a mold. This provides you with a “template” that you can use over and over again as you fine tune the final details of your invention.
The most common forms of fabrication are plastic and metal fabrications. The metal is cut, bent, and/or folded according to your specifications for metal fabrication by any metal fabricating shop.
For plastic fabrications, several sheets of plastic are cut, bent, and formed by any plastic fabricating shop. Depending on your invention, you can choose from either or both of these fabricating technologies to meet your needs.
Probably the most complex yet easiest among these 3 types of prototype technology, would be the computer-aided prototype technology. It is available in several forms:
Modelling – Solid and Photorealistic
Selective Laser Sintering
Direct Shell Production Casting
Laminated Object Manufacturing
Do you need assistance in deciding which prototype technology you should use for your final prototype?
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