Invention prototypes cannot be ignored because they sought to prove the concept of the inventor to potential customers, suppliers, and investors and most importantly, to the inventor himself. This has been the opinion of majority of experts. The idea behind creating a prototype is the accomplishment of a lot from the point of view of creativity, that too without having to put on so much of money in the idea of product or going for its commitment early on. It is crucial to transform a design into a full scale prototype.
Construction of an ‘invention prototype’ at the appropriate time: It’s essential to construct an ‘invention prototype’ much before buying the tooling for building the product or seeking contract manufacturers. Many a times, it so happens that the inventor might, in reality, want to build a prototype much before getting too fancy regarding computer drawings. He is likely to burn up loads of cash on ‘engineering drawings’ when possibly what he needs first is the papier-mache clearly showing him what is being tried by him. If that is the case, he is advised to revert to computer-aided drawings. Assessing the proper time for prototype is not all that tough. It just requires a proof of workability of the product invented by the concerned person.
The proper ‘invention prototype’: An ‘invention prototype’ should be aimed towards the proper audience for doing its job. It means that the designing should be done in such a way that the requirements of the customers get fulfilled much to their satisfaction. Not only that, the prototype should be able to bear the critics of potential partners, investors, suppliers, and customers. Hence, it should be noted that just friendly appraisals are not enough. The more slicker looking and operable the prototype, the ‘better’. However, it’s advisable not to get carried away by the praises. It’s better to spend less on this production, as there would be many other places for spending the capital.
If the overheads are not very much, let the invention prototype be made into multiple versions. The inventor is likely to improve the designs subsequently. Due to this, the latest product arrived at would fetch more money owing to its modern and sharp design. Some people also have the habit of making two prototypes at a time. The first one would be meant for ‘show’ and the second one for ‘go’, i.e. the first one could be made to look like the end product and the second one for demonstrating the functionality.