The actual test of your invention idea begins when it undergoes the process of prototype development.
The process may look easy to hear from outside, but hundreds of backend processes taken to transform your idea into a worthwhile product do ask for thorough consideration.
Below are given six tips that can be used to make a prototype successful.
- Get started
As a first step, you should look for an individual who has adeptness in software drafting, including CAD and its variations.
Make a digitalized mock-up of your product’s idea, which can be viewed on a 3D plane.
Do not forget to check whether the balance, angles and connections are mathematically sound or not.
- K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid)
The prototype should have a few parts, instead of too many convoluted connections. The thumb-rule is that the fewer parts you use the better it is for prototype development.
- Convert the Digital into the Physical
Now, when you are with an optimized and digitalized prototype, turn it real by following the diagrams you made on your computer. Use raw materials to first make a non-workable model.
While developing a replica is really a very time- taking and frustrating process, the physical feel that you have after it really amazing and makes you feel pleased to see your invention idea into a physical form.
- Convert the Physical into the Functional
Now list out all the necessary materials that you would need to convert your physical idea prototype into a workable idea prototype, all these things can be purchased from a local store around you/.
- Prototype improvement and enhancement
The more you improve your prototype the more appealing and presentable it becomes.
However, it is important to note here that your prototype’s attractiveness cannot beat its functionality. It is for this reason, however appealing or attractive your prototype is if it does not work well, it is of no use.
So, you need to continue to enhance your prototype to make it more presentable.
- Add instruction
Including instruction along with your fully-functional idea prototype helps others understand better about your invention idea prototype. You can carry with you two types of prototypes — one assembled and another disassembled.
- Don’t disclose much about your invention
It is a very important fact to remember that when you reach your potential investors, companies and stakeholders, do not make much noise about your invention by disclosing all the details about your invention idea.
Remember, you need to use your prototype to introduce your invention. There is no need to give complete details about it. One of the wisest steps to avoid this is to have a non-disclosure agreement/contract sign. Regarding this you can consult a patent attorney and patent agent.
So follow aforesaid to make your invention idea hit among the prospective consumers, investors, capitalists and companies where you find your invention may fit.