Prototyping is very important in the new product creation process. It allows the product design to be evaluated and tested for functionality, durability, and manufacturability. Building a prototype can also clarify production costs and issues. Presenting a new product to potential buyers is much easier when a prototype can be shown and held as a working model. If a patent is desired, while sitting down with an attorney to draw up the patent papers, a working prototype is very helpful to see what aspects of the product are patentable, or what aspects may violate current patents.
When it comes to electrical prototyping, solderless breadboards can be used for simple electrical circuits. However, a more complex product may require the prototype to just start with a PCB (printed circuit board) and do some tweaking along the way.
VPI’s engineers have created prototypes as a vital part of the product development process for the many projects we’ve engaged in. Prototypes range from very simple breadboards, 3D printed parts, and example software code, to fully functional systems that enable the engineers to demonstrate that a product is ready for deployment and manufacturing.