Some Simple Steps to Building A Prototype
Create a Sketch
First thing to do is to put your idea out on pencil and paper and create a concept sketch. By drawing out the idea it better helps to establish what you want and provide a clearer visualization of the prototype. Another great reason is that in the early stages the concept of your prototype might be quite fluid, with constant new ideas and redesigns flowing through your mind. This may require “hitting the drawing board” many times until you figure out what it is you want and what you want to do. It can also provide great insight into the prototypes developments and iterations as time goes on.
Develop a Virtual Prototype
The next useful step is to create a digital design of your prototype. This is a common go to for many engineers, which use famous software within the industry such as AutoCAD, allowing them to make both 2D and 3D renderings. This would allow you to create a 3D virtual sketch. The benefit being how you can rotate and change the angles of your product, making it seem even more real and tangible without yet creating the real product. If you are not technically capable of doing this, you can find many graphic and prototype designers who can provide this to you for a fee.
Create a Physical Prototype
Next, find someone who can help you build a physical prototype. Once your first prototype is built you can find any flaws that need to be redesigned within the next iteration of the product. Typically, your early prototypes should be built with less expensive materials than later versions to save money.
Get a Manufacturer
Once you are happy with the prototype, the next step is to find a manufacturer, or get someone who can find one for you. A manufacturer can help you create the product en masse and also you to produce the product at a profitable price, building it at a cost that covers expenses while not cutting too much into revenue.