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Prototypes from Sketch to Concept Design to Fabrication

January 31st, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, prototyping doesn’t often begin with a final concept that’s ready to be fed into a Rapid Prototyping machine or 3D printer and “printed” in ABS plastic. Clients who come to PRG Prototyping don’t often walk in the door and say, “This 3D CAD drawing is ready to go.” So, it’s important for any inventor, entrepreneur, or start-up business owner to know that there is a process that a prototype follows from sketch to concept design to fabrication. It all begins with an idea, something drawn on a simple piece of paper, an amazing product idea that will fill a gap in consumer’s lives and take the market by storm. This is where most prototypes (as well as market-ready products) begin. But how does an inventor or entrepreneur get an idea off the page and into a 3D printer? With a little help from the Engineering Team at your full-service prototyping company (such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas). First step: concept design.

About Concept Design: A hastily-scribbled idea is just an idea until you can take it off the page and make something of it. Obviously, this statement rings true for many more aspects of life outside of the consumer products market, but we’ll stick to products, since that’s what we do at PRG. It’s fortunate that even a scribbled idea can easily become a professional concept design in little time. By utilizing a 3D CAD (computer-aided design) software application, a prototype engineer can take a drawing of a device, gadget, or gizmo and turn it into a fully-rendered 3D CAD drawing. The process for taking a scribbled drawing and turning it into a 3D computer file involves brainstorming ideas around the product, concept sketching, refining aspects of the product idea, re-sketching, 3D rendering, CAD creation, design creation for prototyping, design creation for manufacturing, virtual product renderings, product animations, and concept design reports. At this point, your product idea is beginning to take on a life of its own. It’s ready to move on to the prototyping phase of product development.

About Prototyping: A prototype can be created by use of plastic manufacturing (more common), or another form of manufacturing such as metal fabrication. With the advent of Rapid Prototyping and the availability of 3D printing technology, a prototype can be quickly moved from a concept design to a physical rendering that you can hold in your hand in a fraction of the time it would take to craft the same prototype by hand. A conceptual prototype (sometimes called a CP) is a prime example of this type of technology in use. A conceptual prototype uses 3D printing to create a durable, physical representation of your product concept (albeit limited in functionality). The conceptual prototype will be the first physical representation of your idea, but there may be many versions of your product prototype before it is ready to be put into manufacturing and sent to the market.           

The Prototypes from Sketch to Concept Design to Fabrication article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new product prototypes – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

Marketing Services are here to Help Your Product Succeed

January 21st, 2013

In the prototyping business, we tend to talk a lot about the prototyping process – what stages and steps a design concept is expected to move through on its way from rough drawings to a well-developed prototype that can be used to lure investment capital. But for inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners who are looking to take their products to market, there is a genuine need to consider many aspects of product marketing well-before the manufacturers begin to turn out quantities of finished product in their factories. In short: marketing is, and always will be, a key step in the successful development and launch of any design concept for any product anywhere. Fortunately, a full-service prototyping company (such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas) can help with marketing services as well as prototyping, manufacturing, and consulting.

It’s strange to think that there are a large number of inventors, entrepreneurs, and start-up business owners who approach the post-prototype manufacturing process without a marketing plan in the works. Marketing, aside from all the number crunching and research that goes into figuring out product pricing, placement, and promotion, is actually one of the more enjoyable aspects of bringing a product to market. For the typical product, marketing includes all of the creative aspects and elements that are meant to lure buyers and sell the product. For the product owners, seeing the first completed product advertisement for print media or looking at the design concepts for an interactive product website are a genuine thrill – almost as good as seeing the first physical prototype come off the 3-D printing equipment.

Given the fact that marketing your product actually puts it in front of the buying public’s eyes, it’s important to create a marketing plan that suits your product and the target market.

At PRG Prototyping, our seasoned marketing team can help your team through all stages and phases of the marketing process. Some products call for marketing collateral materials (sales brochures, product information packets, white papers) to generate interest from buyers. Other products rely on power point sales presentations and trade show displays. If there is a need for a focus-group study that aims to gather valuable information and feedback from test consumers, PRG Prototyping can help facilitate that process too. 

A well-thought-out marketing plan will take each of these marketing aspects into consideration. In addition, each should be planned for as part of the overall budget for your project. And if your product requires sales letters, business cards, product brochures, letterhead, and templates for e-mail campaigns, PRG Prototyping is able to assist. We even help your team identify and select the companies or organizations you may want to contact when first selling your product.

Above and beyond everything else, marketing services from a full-service prototyping company such as PRG Prototyping are in place to help prepare the product and the market for the launch of the product.   

The article, Marketing Services are here to Help Your Product Succeed, is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

Building Your 2013 Prototype at PRG Prototyping in Kansas City

December 29th, 2012

With the year coming to a close, and a New Year dawning, we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in 2013. American ingenuity and entrepreneurship have never been greater. As such, the role of prototyping companies in helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups to turn their product concepts into tangible models and, in many cases, products that make it to market across the U.S. and abroad has also never been greater. A prototyping company (especially a full-service prototyping company) specializes in working with inventors and entrepreneurs in designing and building new products.

At PRG Prototyping in Kansas City, the prototyping process – which we’ve written about at length here – typically begins with concept design and ends in manufacturing. Of course, there are additional services such as packaging design, marketing, and distribution that help to get the manufactured product ready for the shelves and the consumers. PRG Prototyping offers all these services and many more, but our core competencies are in designing and developing products for our clients. We value each client’s timeframe and budget, and we offer free product consultation. With 2012 very nearly behind us, it is easy to say that our team of experienced mechanical engineers, electronics engineers, industrial designers, manufacturing engineers, and plastics engineers at the 12,000 square foot facility in Kansas are anxious to see what entrepreneurs and inventors will bring with them in the coming year.

There’s something that we think every business owner or start-up entrepreneur should know about prototyping. The prototyping process is something that happens in stages. A first-run prototype is unique in that it is the first physical representation of a design concept that clients can hold in their hands. It’s an exciting moment to see something that only existed in sketches and, perhaps, 3D CAD drawings, come to life. But this initial prototype is often far from a finished product. After a first “conceptual” prototype is built, the team of engineers often go to work with the inventor or business owner and evaluate every aspect of the prototype. This typically leads to what we call a “3F” prototype. This prototype makes use of a different type of material and allows us to test the product concept for Form, Fit, and Function – hence, the 3F prototype name. After a product concept passes the 3F phase, it can go through many modifications before a final manufacturing procedure is decided upon. Through the process, our clients have come to realize that PRG Prototyping is a valued partner in designing and developing products. We also offer Virtual Prototype services for those who need help developing computer-generated 3D models of their product concepts. We now offer Custom Electronic Circuit Board Prototyping as well.

In 2013, we hope that you will consider PRG Prototyping in Kansas City for your next product concept. We look forward to helping you bring your idea to life.

The Building Your 2013 Prototype at PRG Prototyping in Kansas City article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new product prototypes – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

A Menu of Services to Bring Your Prototype to Life

December 16th, 2012

Inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners who are developing new products and seeking help in bringing those products to life may be best served by seeking out the assistance of a full-service prototyping company that offers a comprehensive menu of services. As it stands, prototyping is just one service offering (among many) that is designed to help product developers design and build new products for the market.

To bring a product to life – from a design concept sketched out on a piece of drawing paper to a fully-developed and manufactured product, complete with packaging – businesses and inventors need to consider a process that involves a number of pre-defined stages. Each stage in the product development process serves to help the design concept move through a development life-cycle that results in a market-ready product. The following is a look at some of the prototyping services on the menu of full-service prototyping companies such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas City.

Concept Design Engineering is the part of the product development process that actually takes the design concept off the page and recreates it in 3D via a computer-assisted design (CAD) application. After all the sketching and brainstorming is complete, the concept design engineering department of a full-service prototyping company will render the design as a 3D model and allow the business owner or entrepreneur to see the product in a very lifelike format. From there, the product can move into actual prototyping.

Prototyping is where the product design concept is allowed to make the leap from the page to the physical world. For most inventors and entrepreneurs, this is the most exciting stage of the product development process. The prototyping process can be completed using a variety of technologies. Conceptual prototypes are often developed through a process that makes use of the 3D product renderings and rapid prototyping (or 3D printing) equipment. The result is a tangible product that is very durable and with some limited functional capabilities.

Consultation Services are on the menu for businesses and start-ups that have a product concept idea – but are unsure of what type of design and manufacturing solution they will need to see their product come to life. Consulting services will help the product concept owner decide on materials and processes. In addition, a consultant at a full-service prototyping company can also perform design analysis, manufacturing cost analysis, mold flow analysis, and material testing.

Manufacturing Solutions are one of the last pieces of the prototyping puzzle – where your full-service prototyping company can help your product come to life by researching and identifying the right manufacturing solution for your needs. At prototyping companies like PRG Prototyping in Kansas City, there are often third-party manufacturing partnerships in place that will allow you to seamlessly move your product design concept from the prototype stage to the manufacturing stage. PRG Prototyping can oversee and manage the manufacturing of your product, as well as all aspects of packaging, distribution, and fulfillment.

The article, A Menu of Services to Bring Your Prototype to Life, is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

Top 5 Things to Know Before Developing a Prototype

November 30th, 2012

With the advances in prototyping technology – including Rapid Prototyping that makes use of 3D printing equipment – many start-up businesses and entrepreneurs are utilizing prototyping services to help get their product ideas off the drafting board and into manufacturing. And although prototyping services have become very adept at bringing products to life – quickly and less expensively than in the past – there are still a few product concept concerns that need to be understood and addressed before bringing a concept to a prototyping company for early-stage prototyping.

The Top 5 Things to Know Before Developing a Prototype:

1. Specifications are the starting point. To save time and money, make sure that you have all your product specifications as detailed as possible. In the computer-assisted drawing (CAD) age, most inventors and entrepreneurs come to prototyping companies with computer-generated drawings or 3D models that show the product from all angles (with measurements). These specifications might also include what type of material in which your product will be crafted during final manufacturing.

2. Prepare for revisions. Prototyping is typically the development of the first “working” model of your product or invention. There may be numerous prototypes created as you refine product features, function, and fitting (of various pieces that make up the whole prototype).

3. Think like an engineer and document everything. Given that the prototyping process will likely involve a number of revisions and corrections to the model before a final perfected version is complete, it is well worth the time and effort to document (in great detail) how the product prototype changed from version to version. Many who are watching their product concept move through the revisioning process in prototyping keep track of the prototype development by assigning a naming strategy that corresponds to their documentation (such as: Beta 1.0, Beta 1.5, etc.). One other additional benefit to keeping copious notes is in the fact that it also allows you to develop easy-to-understand assembly instructions for manufacturing.

4. Expect an education. You may not have to know anything about manufacturing in plastics or engineering, especially if you choose a company that specializes in not only prototyping but in helping inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses with designing and building new products. A full-service design and engineering firm – such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas City – can handle all aspects of your product development and help educate you in some of the particulars as well. The typical product the goes from prototype to mass production requires a bit of an education in manufacturing methods, materials, quantity, and cost. A full-service prototyping company can walk you through the stages. The same should also be true for patent protection and intellectual property concerns.

5. Understand that communication is crucial. Few start-ups or entrepreneurs get to the prototyping phase of product development without taking on a few partners or investors along the way. Considering that the prototyping process can be extremely detailed, you will probably want to keep all the stakeholders in the project well-informed.

The Top 5 Things to Know Before Developing a Prototype article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new product prototypes – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

How to Get Help in Building Your Prototype

November 15th, 2012

For many inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners, new product ideas often come faster than solutions that will bring them to market. Since manufacturing production costs can be high, and there is usually little room in a start-up budget for costly manufacturing errors, many businesses and entrepreneurs rely on the prototyping process to help reduce costs, as well as test new product designs.

Whether testing the functionality of a product design, or simply developing a physical model of a concept that will allow project owners to seek investment capital, all manner of products can benefit from a prototyping phase. But, for some, the decision to engage a prototyping company is one that comes with numerous questions. This is never more common than with entrepreneurs who are unfamiliar with the prototyping process and don’t know where to turn for assistance. The following is some information about various types of prototyping services and what to look for in getting help building your prototype.

First – Learn a little about the industry. With no more than a Google search for “prototyping companies” in the U.S., you can find dozens who advertise concept design, manufacturing design, rapid prototyping, and function prototyping services. As there are subtle differences in each type of prototyping service, you may want to read up on the differences between each type of prototyping and try to get a better understanding of which service will best serve your product development plan or business purpose. When you’ve decided on a few options that will best fit your needs, it may be helpful to look for a company that specializes specifically in designing and building new products – one that can offer a variety of prototyping services. As there are so many new and changing developments in the prototyping industry, those companies that offer a diverse set of prototyping services (such as PRG Prototyping in Kansas City) may be best able to steer your product development project in a way that will help to ensure the greatest level of success for its future in the market.

Second – Go where technology and engineering offer an advantage. In getting help building a prototype, many businesses (large and small) tend to favor those prototyping companies who have advanced technology and skilled engineers. Engineering experience in the prototyping field allows for a reduction in future manufacturing errors due to their understanding of materials, product forming, fit, and function. Technology in prototyping allows for an advantage in prototyping speed – this is especially advantageous if a company is attempting to beat competitors to the U.S. Patent Office or the market.

Third – Make sure they understand your budget. Another bit of help in building prototypes comes from locating prototyping companies that are used to working with inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners who have a set start-up budget for their project. As there are numerous types of prototyping technologies on the market, there is a solution at a full-service prototyping company for nearly any creation or invention budget.

If you are developing a new product and need help bringing it to life – whether you need a complete design and manufacturing solution, or a simple prototype – PRG Prototyping in Kansas City has a number of services to benefit your product development process. In addition, PRG can customize nearly any service to fit within a timeframe and budget.

The How to Get Help in Building Your Prototype article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products, with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

Following the Prototype Process: Virtual, Conceptual, Functional

October 31st, 2012

New products are constantly appearing on store shelves and in commercials on TV. In fact, so many new products are arriving for consumer purchase every year, it’s a wonder how they’re actually able to move from the concept stage to the finished-product marketing stage in such a short period of time. The answer to this puzzling question is that many forms of prototyping are in place to help inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses get their ideas off the page and into their hands – with relatively less expense than ever before.

For those who have never researched the prototyping process, it should be first stated that recent developments in prototyping equipment and technology have allowed for quicker and cheaper prototyping processes than ever before. Virtual prototyping is a process that allows computer-assisted design to generate 3D models of concept products. One of the benefits of this type of prototyping is that it is generally very fast to create, adjust, and render. Additionally, the virtual prototype allows for an almost unlimited amount of freedom in texturing, coloring, and shading. The end result is a 3D model of the final product that looks very real. These types of prototypes are often later used to create draft versions of marketing materials.

Conceptual prototyping, often called “mock-up” prototyping makes use of state-of-the-art rapid prototyping processes that can produce full-sized (within certain specifications) prototypes that are strong, durable, and offer some basic functionality properties akin to the final product. This kind of prototype is often called a concept model. It’s a physical model made to demonstrate an idea. This concept model can be textured or painted to simulate the final appearance of the product. But, most importantly, it exists to allow project owners and leads to see a model of the product in their hands, as well as stimulate conversation and new thoughts about the idea of the final product. In this first stage of prototyping, many ideas are met with an “accept or reject” decision.

If the product concept is allowed to go past the mock-up stage, the next step in the prototyping process is often an assembly and fit test. The form, fit, function prototype (or F3) is a special type of prototype in that it allows for a rudimentary function test of any product parts that are meant to perform some specific function or other. If you have a product comprised of several parts – where one part with a tab is designed to snap into another part with an open slot – the F3 prototyping process allows project leads to see if there are any design errors that would prevent the parts from snapping together at the pre-defined spots. Overall, this type of prototyping is meant to ensure part shapes, features, sizes, and mating ability. Much like the mock-up prototypes, the F3 variety can be created to look much like the final product – but with a greater number of colors in the prototyping mix.

The Following the Prototype Process: Virtual, Conceptual, Functional article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new product prototypes – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

What to Look for in Prototyping Consulting Services in Kansas

October 17th, 2012

The need for high-quality prototyping services is as important to inventors as it is to manufacturers. Prototyping not only brings ideas to life, but it is also a service that is essential to many stages of the manufacturing process. For inventors, prototyping offers the ability to see how a product idea that has only previously existed as a drawing or computer model will actually look and feel and function as a three-dimensional, solid object. For manufacturers, the benefits are much the same – but with the added benefit of being able to see how a product design might be perfected or improved before an expensive manufacturing process is initiated. As the prototyping industry has seen great advancements in technology and processes that, in turn, have reduced the cost and delivery time for developing high-quality, functional prototypes, the use of prototyping has become much more available and economical for businesses and start-ups of all types. In addition, the business of prototyping has branched out to include a number of value-added services. One of those valuable services is consultation.

For those inventors or manufacturers who have never worked with a prototyping company in the past – and are interested in learning more about all aspects of the prototyping process – it is a benefit to find a prototyping company that also offers prototype consulting services. Most full-service prototyping companies offer a few basic consulting services, including material recommendations, process recommendations, target manufacturing prices, and material testing. If you are an inventor or manufacturer looking to find prototype consulting services in Kansas with a wider range of service offerings, you may wish to look for a company that also offers the following:

  • Complete Feasibility Studies. A feasibility study for your proposed product will allow the consultants to help inventors and manufacturers identify product, technology, or manufacturing limitations. In many cases, these limitations can be overcome.
  • Part Design. With a staff of consultants versed in part design engineering, your prototype consulting company can conduct a design analysis for you and identify problem areas with your parts before you begin production. This kind of service may save thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of dollars in the manufacturing stage.
  • Manufacturing Cost Analysis. A well-thought-out financial outlay for a new product is invaluable in the business plan drafting process or prior to any effort to raise capital for a proposed product. This kind of analysis may include product tooling costs, a cost-per-part breakdown, an estimation on labor costs, and any post processing costs as well.
  • Other Areas of Expertise. This may include contract research and development, education and training in the prototyping industry, licensing and product development, and areas of specialty research.

In addition, one of the more beneficial aspects to look for in prototyping consulting services in Kansas is a company that has an on-staff engineering team that consists of plastics, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, and industrial design engineers.

The What to Look for in Prototyping Consulting Services in Kansas article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.

Finding a Prototype Manufacturing Company

September 27th, 2012

For those who are in the business of creative design and development, product ideas often come to mind more quickly than they can be sketched out on paper. There’s always a great new idea brewing for an infant car seat, tape dispenser, or laptop tray. And for product designers, inventors, and businesses that wish to physically test their product concepts, one of the surest ways to take an idea from the drawing board to reality is through a prototype manufacturing company that can bring your idea to life.

The following is a list of attributes to look for when you’re seeking a prototype manufacturing company for your next project.

  • An experienced prototype manufacturing company specializes in building new products – offering a complete design and manufacturing solution to inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses. They should be able to offer services such as concept design, graphic design, manufacturing design, as well as a full-range of prototyping services.
  • They should be able to work within your project timeframe and budget. A reputable prototype manufacturing company should actually be able to operate on a completely fixed price agreement, as well as offer a high-level of customer service. Ask about their weekly update or reporting process to see if they’re used to working closely with their
    clients all through the prototyping process.
  • They should be experts in their field – a full-service design and engineering firm able to handle all aspects of product development, as well as capable of offering information or consultations on complete patent protection. In addition, they should be able to steer you in the right direction for intellectual property services.
  • In regard to actual prototyping services, they should be able to manufacture Conceptual Prototypes – mock-ups via rapid prototyping and the use of 3-D printing equipment. They should also be able to offer prototyping services for form, fit, and functional prototypes in a variety of colors. And some prototype manufacturing companies will also offer custom fabricated prototypes in high-quality materials (for non-traditional or unique prototypes that must be created outside the use of typical prototyping means). Also, ask if they are able to create a virtual prototype using computer-generated modeling software. These types of computer-generated prototypes are handy for illustrating the end-resulting color, shape, and features of your product.
  • As an additional benefit, they might be accredited through the BBB, as well as belong to a number of industry-specific associations. In the prototyping industry, these may include the United Inventors Association (UIA) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

In the search to find a prototype manufacturing company that suits your needs, it may be best stated that the right fit will be a company that specializes in working with inventors and businesses to design and build new products. In addition, a prototype manufacturing company should be no stranger to confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. After all, your next great idea may make your company a household name!

The Finding a Prototype Manufacturing Company article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection
and intellectual property services.

Rapid Prototyping Services in Kansas

September 17th, 2012

For inventors and product designers, there’s a bit of electricity in the air when an idea makes the leap from notes and scribblings on cocktail napkins to an artist concept. Most of these artist concepts are two-dimensional images – whether hand-drawn or created using modeling software. And although two-dimensional images are a fair representation of a product concept – with color and shading and even texture – nothing compares to a physical 3D model. A first real prototype that you can hold in your hand is something that also facilitates iterative testing. In most cases, when an idea or design requires a prototype for testing, rapid prototyping technology is used to produce small runs of product prototypes. But some would say that rapid prototypes are expensive to create and take ages to get back from the prototyping labs. With modern rapid prototyping and the use of 3D printers, this isn’t entirely true.

Rapid prototyping via 3D printers is a technology that has been available for use in product research since the 1980s. Earliest use of these rapid prototyping machines was often reserved for universities and commercial products research. But much has changed in rapid prototyping since the early days. Rapid prototyping is now used to quickly develop cost-effective prototypes for the automotive, medical, academic, aerospace, military, and consumer product markets. The media used in rapid prototyping can vary from one prototyping machine to another, but many 3D printers create models by extruding beads of thermoplastic (in layers as fine as 0.04 mm thick) in a process called fused deposition modeling (or fused filament fabrication). The layering process used in this type of modeling is often referred to as an additive manufacturing method – as the thermoplastic media is used to build models by layering the deposited material in a controlled process that makes use of a computer-aided manufacturing software and a movable platform.

Rapid prototyping produces a tangible, yet strong and durable product. Rapid prototyping is also widely available across the U.S. In fact, rapid prototyping services in Kansas are readily available – with turnaround in as little as 4-12 weeks.

The Rapid Prototyping Process:

  1. A model using computer-aided design (CAD) is created for the design
  2. The CAD model is converted into an STL (stereolithography) file format that can be read by computer-aided manufacturing
  3. The design in the STL file is then converted into thin layer “slices”
  4. The modeling equipment reads the slices and translates them into thermoplastic layers
  5. The finished model is removed and cleaned and ready for the client

Rapid prototyping and 3D printing equipment are technologies that can bring your product to life, as well as help you test the product before moving into full-scale production and manufacturing. So, if you’re an inventor or product creator that has ever imagined holding a 3D model of your product concept in your hand – actually seeing how your sketches and designs translate to a physical model, you may want to consider rapid prototyping.

The Rapid Prototyping Services in Kansas article is just one of many resources designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses prepare to launch new products into the marketplace. PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products – with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services.