Want To Refine Your Product Design And Improve Functionality? Our Prototyping Services Can Help

Validate Design Decisions

Prototypes allow you to evaluate design functionality in real-world scenarios, gather valuable input, and improve user experience.

Get Funded

Show potential investors a tangible product, strengthening your pitch and demonstrating a solid concept.

Enhance Product Quality

Prototyping enables you to identify and address potential quality issues early in the development process.

Cost-Effective Development

Prototyping helps reduce development costs by identifying and rectifying design flaws before full-scale production.

Identify Issues, Generate Feedback, and Speed up Production

Product prototyping development helps uncover issues, gather early feedback, and accelerate the production process.

4 Ways to Get Started with Our Product Prototyping Services:

Design Language Workshop:

Are you looking to create a design language for a product in development? During this 2-day workshop, you’ll work with our product strategists and industrial product design experts to develop a unique, high-impact design language for your product. Listed below is an outline of the topics that will be covered in our workshop.

Research and Analysis:

Understanding the target audience, competitors, and industry trends in your product category.

Design System:

Organizing the design elements into a comprehensive design system that can be easily applied to different products and variations.

Design Principles:

Defining the core design principles that will guide the product’s aesthetic and functionality.

Prototyping:

Creating physical prototypes to test and refine the design language before final production.

Design Elements:

Creating a set of design elements such as shape, form, materials, and colour that will be used consistently across the product line.

User Testing:

Testing the final product with the target audience to get feedback and make improvements.

Prototype Feasibility Sprint

Engage with our prototyping experts to rapidly assess the feasibility of your product concept. In this sprint, we’ll produce a basic working model of your concept to help identify potential technical and manufacturing challenges. This service is ideal for those at the earliest stages of product development who need to quickly understand the viability of their product before investing in detailed design and development.

Prototype User Testing and Feedback Loop

Immerse your prototype in the real world with Inertia’s Prototype User Testing service. We don’t just build prototypes; we also connect you with real users to gather critical feedback. Our process involves conducting hands-on testing sessions, analyzing user interactions, and providing you with detailed reports. These insights are crucial for iterating your prototype to better meet user needs and market expectations.

Prototype Performance Review

Have a prototype but unsure about its performance? Our Prototype Performance Review is designed to put your product through its paces. We will evaluate your prototype's functionality, durability, and efficiency, providing you with a comprehensive analysis that includes performance benchmarking, identification of potential failure points, and recommendations for improvement. This service ensures your prototype meets the high-performance standards required for success in today’s competitive markets.

Rapid Prototyping Iteration Cycle

When time is of the essence, and you need to evolve your prototype quickly, our Rapid Prototyping Iteration Cycle service is the solution. We work with you to create a series of prototype iterations, each incorporating changes and improvements based on real-world testing and feedback. This agile and iterative approach is perfect for teams that need to refine their product swiftly and efficiently, moving closer to a market-ready version with each cycle.
Customer Testimonials:

Want to Refine Your Product Design and Improve Functionality?
Our Prototyping services Can Help

Product Prototyping
Overview

Product prototyping development helps identify issues, generate early feedback and get to production faster.

Whether it’s a detailed rendering or a fully functional product, a prototype helps hone your design and demonstrate its key features.

The prototype development stage is an essential step in product development and manufacturing. In the prototyping phase, you’ll be able to:

Validate Design Decisions

A design concept that works in theory does not guarantee that it will fulfil its function in real-life scenarios.
A prototype is a great way to evaluate the product’s functionality and performance under its intended working environment. It will highlight any issues in your design and help you determine whether parts of the product need to be modified.
Gathering valuable input from your target audience, as well as non-users to simulate amateur use, mis-use and potential blind spots will allow you to improve your design and create a better user experience.

Get Funded

A product prototype helps strengthen your pitch to clients, stakeholders and financial institutions. It shows potential investors that you have a workable concept and a solid product.
Instead of pitching an abstract idea, you’ll be able to present them with a tangible product that demonstrates its specific functions and capabilities.
Product prototyping

Design for Manufacturability (DFM)

While designing a product is a creative process, the greatness of your ideas will only be realized if a manufacturer can utilize the machines and materials needed to turn them into a reality. This is where design for manufacturability (DFM) becomes critical.

DFM can be considered a form of negotiation between product designers and manufacturers. It involves modifying and scaling a design concept so the product can be produced efficiently using the tools and resources available in a production facility.

This process examines several aspects of a design, including its shape, proposed material, and parts, to determine how they can be executed.

Any features that would be too difficult, expensive, or inefficient to make using the available manufacturing equipment and materials will likely need to be revised.

Our Prototyping Capabilities

3D Printing

3D Printing enables rapid prototyping, which means you can quickly visualize and test your product ideas. It reduces time-to-market and allows for cost-effective iteration to perfect your design.

Conceptual Prototyping

Bring your vision into the physical world with our conceptual prototyping. We quickly turn sketches and ideas into workable prototypes, providing you with a tangible representation of your product for initial feedback and validation.

Advanced Rapid Prototyping

Accelerate your design process with our cutting-edge rapid prototyping techniques. From 3D printing to CNC machining, we employ the latest technologies to produce high-quality prototypes that closely resemble your final product.

Prototype Analysis and Refinement

Evaluate the performance and design of your prototypes with our comprehensive analysis services. We refine prototypes to better meet the intended functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics required for a successful product.

Prototype Testing and Validation

Assure your product’s market readiness with our prototype testing and validation services. We rigorously test prototypes under various conditions to ensure reliability, safety, and compliance with industry standards.

Design for Prototyping (DFP)

Optimize your design for the prototyping phase with our DFP services. We tailor your product design to leverage prototyping efficiencies, enabling quicker iterations and cost-effective modifications.

User Experience (UX) Prototyping

Enhance user interaction with our UX prototyping. We create prototypes focused on the end-user experience, allowing for hands-on user testing and feedback to inform design decisions.

Material Selection for Prototypes

Choose the optimal materials for your prototype with our expert guidance. We assist you in selecting materials that accurately simulate the look, feel, and performance of your final product, while considering cost and manufacturability.

Prototype Scale-Up Consultation

Prepare for mass production with our prototype scale-up services. We help you identify the best path for scaling your prototype to full production volumes while maintaining design integrity and cost-efficiency.

Functional Prototyping

Test the mechanical and electrical functions of your product with our functional prototypes. We create prototypes that not only look like your design but also perform like the final product.

Aesthetic and Form Studies

Develop the ideal product aesthetic with our form study prototypes. These prototypes focus on the physical shape, color, texture, and overall visual design, allowing for a hands-on evaluation of product appeal.

Custom Prototype Tooling

Create custom tools and molds for your prototype production. We design and manufacture the necessary tooling to produce your prototypes with precision and repeatability.

Prototype Lifecycle Analysis

Extend your prototype’s utility with our lifecycle analysis. We assess the viability and longevity of your prototype throughout the testing and feedback cycles, ensuring sustainable and iterative development.

Environmental Testing for Prototypes

Subject your prototypes to simulated environmental conditions to predict real-world behavior. We help you understand how your product will perform in various climates, conditions, and usage scenarios.

Electronics and Embedded Systems Prototyping

Integrate electronic components and embedded systems into your prototypes seamlessly. We ensure that the technological aspects of your prototype are functional and representative of the final product.

Prototype Documentation and Reporting

Maintain thorough documentation of the prototyping process with our comprehensive reporting. We provide detailed accounts of prototype development stages, alterations, and testing results for transparency and future reference.

Design Iteration Management

Navigate through multiple design iterations effectively with our management services. We track the evolution of your prototype with precision, making sure each version is a step toward your ultimate product goal.

3D Printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, offers a quick and low-cost way to create diverse prototypes. At Inertia, we offer three types of 3D printing technologies:
  • Fused deposition modelling (FDM) is best used for basic proof-of-concept models
  • Selective laser sintering (SLS) is best for functional prototyping
  • Stereolithography (SLA) is best for functional prototyping patterns, moulds, and tools

CNC Machining

CNC prototype machining is an excellent choice for making only a small number of prototypes in a relatively short time.

Rapid Prototype
Tooling

Rapid tooling is an excellent way to develop small-batch prototypes for design and material evaluation.
It allows you to use the same materials for final production, including aluminum and steel, to create project parts quickly and cost-effectively.

Electronic Prototypes
(off-the-shelf and PCBs)

PCB or printed circuit board prototypes are simplified electronic boards used to test circuit designs before mass manufacturing.
Using a PCB prototype allows us to check the performance, functionality, and feasibility of your design and make changes if necessary.

Which Prototype Do You Need?

Create The Right Prototype for Every Stage of Your Product Development Journey

At every stage of your product development journey, from ideation to manufacturing, distinct prototype requirements emerge. Each iteration should guide you towards valuable discoveries, helping you refine your product and move closer to mass manufacturing. To navigate this process effectively, consider the following approach:

1 Build:

Create an Early Version

The building stage commences with a hypothesis—an educated guess that demands validation through experimentation and data. Depending on your hypothesis’s focus, we craft an appropriate prototype, which could be a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Proof of Concept (POC), or a specific product feature. For instance, an MVP might be designed to evaluate user interactions, while another could validate a product’s value proposition.

2 Measure:

Design Experiments and Test

Once the MVP or prototype is built, it’s essential to measure its success through systematic experiments involving your target audience, including end-users and non-users. This phase encompasses usability tests, real-time monitoring, marketing experiments, user experience evaluations, and more. We meticulously collect quantitative and qualitative data, which is then sorted, filtered, and analyzed to uncover valuable insights and trends.

3 Learn:

Gather Insights

The learning stage is pivotal in the prototype development process. Here, you transform validated learnings into actionable insights to determine your next steps. Based on the feedback and insights gathered during the measurement stage, two distinct paths emerge: Pivot or Proceed. Pivoting involves changing direction, either partially or completely, based on what has been learned. Proceeding entails continuing with the product and iterating further. This iterative process leads back to the build phase, where refined requirements propel the product towards mass manufacturing.

Types Of Prototyping Available

Short-Run Manufacturing

Short-run prototyping involves creating a small number of products or parts in the same family as the initial design. This allows the creator to pivot according to market changes.

Low-Volume Production/Assembly

Low-volume production helps mitigate the risk of launching a new product to market. Production runs of up to 100,000 units are considered low-volume.