Do not underestimate the power to create prototypes. Too often, the benefits of prototyping an invention are minimized or completely ignored when the “experts” deal with the problem. But turning your idea into a product sample is probably the most important part of the invention. And if you are not convinced here are five reasons why you should prototype your invention:
1. Makes patenting easier
For almost 100 years, our culture has apparently indoctrinated us on TV, books, and movies to believe that we should patent our ideas immediately so that they do not get out of the way or get stolen. It is a costly and complicated process to take a rough idea and turn it into a patent, so you would not like to enter that arena of $ 10,000 or more without being prepared, right?
Before 1880, you had to have a prototype built before you could patent it. While not required now, a prototype is an excellent way to show that you built it first. Also, the construction of your idea eliminates the benefits and features that may not have been immediately evident in the general idea stage. Now you can patent that too, which can offer the best long-term protection.
The entire process of building a Invention Prototypes will greatly help you write, draw and prepare your patent documents, which can save you a lot of money.
2. Soften the design of your invention
Once you build your idea into a prototype, you can now test it in real situations and look for flaws in the design or concept. Some may want to go the route of building a “virtual prototype
Also, this is a good time to solve the aesthetics of a product and create it for the right user. For example, you want to make sure that your size is not too large or threatening if the user will be a child. Alternatively, you want it to be strong enough if the user is mechanical.
Once again, all these adjustments will help you when you patent, since you know what to draw and what are the benefits of these features, which did not exist when you were in your conceptual phase.
3. Prototypes determine the manufacturing process
Eventually, either you or the person you manage to sell the idea too, someone will have to fabricate your invention. The prototypes help you determine which manufacturing processes will be necessary. Will it be molded by injection, ultrasonic welding or die to cut?
You may even have to determine a new manufacturing technique to build your invention, but you will need to know all of this before a manufacturer or company participates in your project.
4. Determine the correct price
The only way to understand what the product actually will cost is through prototyping. As with the understanding of how it will be manufactured, you will know how much the material will cost to build it or, at least, what kind of materials you will use.
When creating prototypes, think about the price you want to achieve. Of course, this probably should have started in the design, but then you may realize that you need to build it at a lower cost. It is a good time to analyze the design and find ways to change it to achieve a better manufacturing cost. And, since you would be doing this before patenting, you will save yourself by not having to file an amendment or a second patent.
5. Makes it easier to license or sell
With a prepared prototype, you can not only explain what are the characteristics and benefits of your invention, but you can also enter the numbers to explain the manufacturing costs, how it will be manufactured, etc. This shows the professionalism and the companies respect it. For a long time, many well-intentioned people have presented ideas such as hard-to-interpret paper drawings or patents, but having the prototype ready to use, an advantage if you have a sample container, means a lot.
There is also the fun factor when presenting a real and functional prototype. Now, they have something to talk about, look at and interact with. This launches the marketing people when they think about advertising and displaying it. It also allows everyone to handle it and determine for themselves the validity of their project. Demonstrations are sold.
Therefore, do not underestimate the power of generating your Invention Prototypes.