A prototype is to verify the electronic or mechanical development process and is an essential part in the design, development, as well as certification procedure. How an electronic product will respond to user input and handling is difficult to evaluate without experiencing them first hand. As a tool in the development process used to validate electronic and mechanical design, a prototype is crucial.
During the development stage, several working prototypes may be produced and are tested by our engineers. The prototypes are then sent to our client for further testing in the field to gather feedback and to identify bugs and possible improvements that will later be corrected.
Once a prototype has undergone sufficient testing and validation, a pre-production prototype is then regarded as the “golden sample,” which is used as the benchmark or standard on which mass produced units will be based. This golden sample is also used for certification purposes and sent to a third-party testing facility for CE, UL, FCC, or ROHS markings.
As opposed to a working prototype or a pre-production prototype, which are produced toward the end of development, more rudimentary prototypes may be made during the early stages of development in the form of a Proof of Concept to prove the idea works from a technical standpoint, or as a Mock Up to simply convey shape and size but not the function, material, or production methods of a final mass produced product.
Note: We only produce prototypes in the scope of a product development and manufacturing project. We don’t offer prototyping as a sole service.