Considerations to Make from Prototype to Production

Looking for a reliable supplier? Move your product from idea to a material object, so as a prototype to production. Using CNC technology to produce prototype parts of various products from a variety of materials. And we have met the diverse needs of different enterprises and amateurs over the years.  Here, we offer custom CNC machining services for your metal and plastic prototypes.

Before Taking Your Idea from Prototype to Production

Even if you only completed a sketch for a product idea. But what does it mean to put this great sketch into a prototype? The first step is to understand your start-up capital. Before you put it into production, the more you understand how your ideas are transformed into products, the more beneficial it is for you to make a company decision.

Prototype to production - design draft

Before moving your ideas from design to prototype production, there are three considerations.

  1. BOM (bill of materials) – Plastic or metal, how many parts does your product have? What kind of post-processing, and how much quantity do you want to do in the end?
  1. PO (purchase order) – The factory requires one-third to half of the total cost to be paid in advance. When the goods are shipped, you pay the rest. It may take several weeks or months before you can see the sales related to the investment.
  1. Looking for a professional prototype supplier – Usually, only one part can serve you for the prototype. You will quickly get a quotation to evaluate the cost and how long it takes to process.

Accelerating Your Project from Prototype to Production

The stage of the greatest pressure to verify the design is the stage of speeding up the launch of new products. The designer can observe and test the prototype, which is different from the way to modify the design on the screen. Is this design reasonable? Function complete? Working properly? Whether the customer is satisfied with this design and so on, smart design teams are increasingly looking into the prototyping phase of the product design process and considering the final product and its required performance characteristics.

In product development or prototype development, parts or products usually go through three stages of development: first, prototype production; second, small batch production; then the third is mass production.

“Prototype is the best way to verify the design.”

It is the physical verification of the design on paper before finalizing the design. Small batch production is not much related to verification design. In most cases, customers want to produce a part of the product for large-scale testing, or put it on the market to see how users react to the product. The small batch production stage can help optimize the manufacturing process. In the final mass production, the product developer has made sufficient preparations for the product to put it on the market for profit, usually producing thousands to hundreds of thousands per year, mainly based on market feedback.

In different stages, the goal of each stage is to smoothly advance the development to the next stage, which has been continuously improved and renovated. Generally, the purpose of developers is to minimize the time and cost of the entire production process and achieve rapid and efficient economic benefits.

In some specific industries, the issue of third-party certification also involved before products bringing into the market. For example, these products in the medical supplies industry involve use safety and personal safety. No prototype manufacturer can guarantee that the products they produce meet the marketing approval. Therefore, the prototype is only used for testing and verification functions. Use the prototype carefully to do some professional testing. For designers, it is very meaningful to seek the opinions of the prototype provider. The materials used in the prototype stage, the processing methods, and the product’s strength, flexibility, durability, and other useful information.

Besides, Quality is also an important consideration. For example, the cheapest prototype is usually not the fastest, nor the highest quality prototype. Maintaining close and close cooperation with prototype providers has become an important consideration for many companies. The support provided by these suppliers fully understands the need for DFM (manufacturing design) and is the key to simplifying production methods.

Prototype to production - factory

In short, successfully bringing new products to market may require a lot of information and preparation, which involves many issues to consider. But making prototypes to verify designs and pushing products from prototypes to production are very important parts. A good prototyping method can shorten the overall development time and bring products to market faster and better at a lower cost.

Go from Prototype to Production with Us

Prototypes are a big investment for the R&D team, which mainly depends on the size of the project. Our rich experience accumulated in the field of prototyping over the years has made a great manufacturing success. With more and more inclined to use rapid prototyping technology, we help customers shorten development time and reduce risks. Don’t hesitate, go from Prototype to Production with us.

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