ADVANTAGES OF PROTOTYPES
1. Prototypes enable you to test and refine your design. This includes functionality, appearance, and cost of manufacturing. There is no substitute for a physical model when it comes time to make the final assessment on these processes and features. Additionally, a physical prototype allows you to determine if the product works as expected, and eliminate unforeseen issues or potential problems.
2. Prototypes allow you test the performance of different materials. The only way to be sure that particular materials will be durable and stand up to the required use for a new invention, is to build a prototype and test it. In the end, the prototype allows you to discover and repair design flaws early in the invention process.
3. Prototypes help you to communicate the features and function of your product more easily. This includes to investors, buyers, and most importantly your product development team.
4. Great prototypes encourage others to take your product seriously. Also, there is simply no question that in a head to head competition between two product ideas, the inventor with the superior prototype is going to shine and have greater credibility. It’s simply human nature. In addition, a high quality prototype can put you over the top and provide an edge in attracting investors and a quality team.