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Electronic Prototype Design and Development Services

Product design and development services for custom electronic prototypes combine engineering, design, and in-house certification to deliver premium technology products that are certified and perform as promised. Designing and building a custom prototype to meet FCC, IC, CE, and other essential regulatory requirements and certification is a differentiator for VPI as a full-service product development firm.

Creating a prototype is a critical step in your product’s development. At VPI, we design, engineer, test, and manufacture innovative custom prototypes that are cleverly designed to solve challenging technological problems, paving a clear path to product success.

Prototype Development for Successful Product Market Implementation

A simple yet working prototype can be very beneficial for those looking to showcase a product concept to potential investors, stakeholders, or business partners in physical form, rather than a drawing or written idea. Whether it’s electronic prototypes for industrial hardware, medical devices, or consumer products, VPI’s design, development, and testing services accelerate a product’s path to production. Along with saving time, building a prototype helps formulate and identify design direction, helping to reduce costs before production and market release

Advantages to Building a Prototype

Custom prototype engineering, design, and development services provide the foundation for successful product manufacturing and marketplace implementation. The most valuable benefits to building a prototype include:

  •  Streamlines the design and development process
  • Provides a tangible 3D representation and initial electronic functionality of the product
  • Identifies problem areas
  • Quickly identifies missing advantageous functionality
  • New requirements can more easily be implemented during the initial design and prototype phase
  • Establishes an increased understanding of product requirement

Prototype Build Requirements

The only conditions to building a successful prototype are achievable goals and a high-level description of your product; our elite product design and development teams handle the rest. For more information regarding custom prototype design services, utilize our convenient electronic design and engineering services quote request form.

Review our feasibility studies page to learn more about beneficial analysis, including qualitative and quantitative measures that ensure a project can be completed to its required specifications

Prototyping Material and Component Consideration

Whether it’s for a prototype’s internal parts or outer housing structure, VPI utilizes materials and components that most feasibly match the final product’s specifications to design, engineer, and construct a prototype. For example, we will work with you to utilize materials that withstand extended temperature ranges in indoor and outdoorenvironments. We also strive to use electronic components that are close to what will go into final production systems to get your product to market more quickly. An example of some of the different types of materials that we use in a prototype build include:

Prototype Internal Component

  • Printed circuit boards (PCB) with surface mount parts (final production representative where practical)
  • Battery compartments or other power supply components
  • Thermal cooling components as needed

Prototype Housing Material

  • 3D printed housings from plastic/various resins
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Cast metal
  • Alloys 
  • Carbon fiber 
  • Rubber overmolds

Design and Engineering Options for Electronic Prototypes

At VPI Technology, we can handle your prototype’s entire product development and engineering design process. Our expert engineers provide the knowledge and resources to develop custom electronic products that are designed to your exact specifications. Our electronic product prototyping capabilities work with anything that has:

  • PCBs 
  • Batteries
  • LCDs/Screens 
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • Internet of Things (IOT)

Post-Prototyping: Final Design, Testing, and Certification

Once the prototyping phase of the product build has been completed, the design must be finalized and prepared for manufacturing. As part of the design finalization, VPI will complete prototype bug fixes, evaluate the prototype against design and functional requirements, and make changes based on customer feedback. Some of the elements that are incorporated into post-prototyping include:

  • Updates on electrical and firmware designs
  • Updated prototype creation
  • Firmware and software beta tests 
  • Finalization of assembly drawings 
  • Tooling is planned 
  • Design of manufacturing test fixtures (if required)

Preproduction and Manufacturing

After finalizing design testing and certification, preproduction begins. This process includes assembly of manufacturing fixtures, manufacturing test fixture validation, and documenting a manufacturing process. During this phase, tooling is also close to completion. After procuring system components, a small production run of a limited quantity is completed to validate the manufacturing process. After this manufacturing validation process, the project can move into full-scale manufacturing.

Contact VPI Technology for Electronic Prototype Design and Development Services

Contact us for more information regarding prototype manufacturing for your product concept or Request a Quote for cost and time estimates today. VPI Technology is your premier resource for high-quality product prototyping, electronic product development, and engineering design services.