Creating a prototype

If you are developing a new product, a protytype can really help you work out costs and the likely market. In this article David Fannin of Sorcit has some tips to help you create a prototype.The next stage after your design has been protected is to create a physical sample.   In many cases a prototype can be made of your product, which is NOT necessarily made in the correct material for production, but will give a very good physical  indication as to the detail, size and overall look of the product you have designed.  It also  gives your potential manufacturer an idea of the amount of material required to produce the finished article and the size of the ACTUAL tooling to be used (if applicable) which can have a big implication on your overall costs.  In some circumstances factories may take the cost of these tools and amortise it over a certain volume/quantity of product; but in the majority of situations this has to be paid in advance to any production commencing.

Certain products can be prototyped very simply and quickly, for example textiles or stationary. Before a full production run, samples can be digitally printed to get an idea of how it will look.  Other products for example plastic items can be rapid prototyped from CAD drawings and made as a one-off piece, but if the product is large, it can be more difficult.

Whilst most prototyping is done in the factories where the manufacture is taking place, Sorcit have dedicated Prototyping factories in the Far East that specialise in creating one off items.  Often, these can be much more cost effective than UK prototyping, and we can help the development process in China, to ensure your product correct from the very outset.

Sorcit specialises in taking individuals ideas and developing them from concept through to manufacture.   Over the coming months, Sorcit will provide exclusive advice here on  Manufacture, Quality Control, Shipping/Logistics, Branding and Marketing/Promotion. Read more advice for developing a product ideas here.

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Look at www.sorcitproducts.com for more information about their services and to see examples of recent projects.

Read more about registering and protecting your product ideas in the Family Friendly Working Book.

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