Prototyping is a key part to any product development process. At Cube3, we have in house capabilities for card/foam models, 3D FFF printing, laser cutting, and milling and turning. With our preferred partners, we expand these capabilities to include 5 axis CNC machining, SLS and Sla 3D printing, Cold casting, rapid tooling, and sheet metal fabrication. We even have a close connection with a sculptor should we need one.
Prototyping is key to minimising risk during a development offering snapshots in time for evaluation and testing. This potentially prevents time being wasted on a development that is going in the wrong direction. Below is a list of types of prototypes and why they are important:
Prototypes can be seen as a costly addition to a product development, but they are essential to a smooth and successful development allowing every aspect of the design to be evaluated as and when it is deemed appropriate.
We always insist on understanding why a prototype is required by determining what its purpose is and what questions it needs to answer. A prototype is used to gain knowledge on your design, to allow you to make informed decisions and continue to invest time and funds into the development with minimal risk. Early and frequent prototyping typically saves time and money by minimising mistakes that are costly to fix later in the development.