Want to Refine Your Product Design and Improve Functionality?
Our Prototyping services Can Help
Whether it’s a detailed rendering or a fully functional product, a prototype helps hone your design and demonstrate its key features.
Validate Design Decisions
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
- 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
Achieve Your Prototyping Goals
Use in Customer Trials
Sales and Marketing Support
Validate the Design and Functionality
Validate the Manufacturing Process
Types of Prototyping Available
Proof of Concept MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
This may take many forms, including virtual models, foam mock-ups and custom-built mechanisms, to test ergonomic form features and complex technologies and mechanisms.
High-fidelity production quality models
Which Prototype Do You Need?
Create The Right Prototype For Every Stage Of Your Product Development Journey
Our Approach to Product Prototyping
Why Choose Us
Product Prototyping FAQ’s
Prototyping is integral to product design and development as it allows you to test and refine your idea and explore alternative solutions to create a viable product.
Prototypes can also be used to engage with end users or stakeholders to reveal further insight and inform decisions going forward.
We can provide prototypes to match any level of precision needed, including precision machining, coordinate measuring machines, full inspection reports, and more.
Inertia has numerous prototyping capabilities in-house, partnerships with domestic and overseas manufacturing vendors and supply chains.
Our team will help you select the best vendors suited to your product idea while keeping timeline, budget, and quality in mind.
Yes, we can manage every aspect of prototyping, from design to assembly. We will troubleshoot and help you redesign and rework your product concept if necessary.
Fine-tuning and resolving issues as they arise are processes integral to the product design process.
Our teams of designers and engineers are here to guide you through any design issues and help you find the best solution.