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How to turn your idea into a prototype

This article discusses how to transform an idea into a finished product.

ideablog2Many of the items cast, forged or moulded are the product of an extensive process of procuring an idea, planning and ultimately producing the final result.  For many, seeing the consequence of their efforts coming off of the production line is a milestone that they thought they might never see.  This is because bringing an idea into reality and producing a prototype can be a long and laborious process.

Things to weigh up include the cost of manufacturing and securing a patent.

Even developing a concept into a design on paper can take longer than expected (depending on the resources at the inventor’s disposal).

Companies or designers can be hired to create drawings for the client or they can do it themselves using specialist software.

Once a set of drawings of the idea has been created, these can be used to create a prototype of the invention.

When seriously thinking about patenting an idea, it is first prudent to research whether somebody else has already patented said idea. It is also sensible to do some market research to assess whether the idea is worth pursuing further.  It is often best to create a prototype before obtaining a patent as the prototype will expose any potential weaknesses in the idea.

A prototype can be created by the inventor themselves.  However, a less professional trial product may not fully exhibit the credibility of the design / idea.

Casting, machining, forging and injection moulding can all be used for prototyping.

Once the prototype is complete, the inventor can make sure that the product is working as expected.  They can then go on to show potential buyers or put a larger number of the item into production.

Jade Trading offer a sample service which can help customers put their ideas into practice.