The Value of Prototypes

Why use prototypes in your new product development?

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Providing the link between a world of virtual design and real life, a prototype is a vital way of developing that next great product. Prototypes bridge the gap between an idea and reality and can be used at many points in the design process resulting in valuable data and feedback which contributes to good decision making.

A prototype can be used for many purposes. These include appearance prototypes for project stakeholders so they can literally hold their new product in their hand. This interaction is arguably one of the most useful stages in the design process and genuinely leads to better products. Other types of prototypes inform the designer of necessary adjustments to mechanisms, or clarification of tolerances on parts that fit together. Prototypes can assist in setting up production lines and their fixtures before production parts are available. Prototypes can assist in risk reduction by undergoing pre testing before tools for parts which will eventually require statutory examinations are commissioned.

2D images will always have a valuable place in the design process but there is no substitute for actually holding something in your hand. Here at Hillside Product Design we have an in-house prototyping capability and are also supported by a large catalogue of external suppliers for all manner of prototyping services. Our expert model-makers can therefore quickly produce accurate, realistic, affordable and functional prototypes for many purposes.

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If you’ve got an idea you want to take to market, we will assist you through your journey. Even the most accomplished will require assistance which is where Hillside Product Design’s expertise is invaluable.  We work closely with all our clients to ensure they have all the support they need throughout the product development process.

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