How rapid prototyping can save you millions

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How rapid prototyping can save you millions

As industrial designers, rapid prototyping is the crucial second step of our design and manufacturing process. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to create meaningful final products that function as they should!

It’s a fact that by using a variety of tools – from 3D design models, injection moulding to CNC (computer numerical control) machining – we are able to put high-quality prototypes in our clients’ hands. It is by far one of the strongest and most expected services that industrial designers can provide to any client.

However, over and above this convenience, creating these 3-dimensional scale models, with the aim of testing for form, fit or performance, can also save both the designer and the client millions, when executed right. Have a look below at how this cost-saving part of industrial design gets the job done.

Rapid prototyping can assist in detecting errors early

As much as any industrial designer doesn’t want to pick up any snags during production, it will prove far less costly to pick up errors during rapid prototyping than in a final product. When problem areas are identified, they can be ironed out to ensure the final product is error-free, and that unnecessary costs are not incurred.

Its precise nature will serve as a good forecast of how a final product will look

Rapid prototyping offers a fantastic prediction of how a final product will function, therefore also providing a guideline of which areas need to be improved on during production to ensure that the end-product will perform optimally and that there won’t be unexpected costs to deal with at a later stage of production.

Because of its automated nature, rapid prototyping can be done by small teams

Over and above the cost-saving element that this presents to clients, it makes client liaison also much easier as there are key team members working on a project who are in direct, regular contact with clients.

Rapid prototyping makes it easy to present concepts to clients or test groups

When presented with these initial concepts, clients, on the one hand, will be better informed about where a project is heading and will feel more at ease signing off concepts, or making suggestions, as they have a better idea of how the proposed project will culminate.

In the same vein, when test groups are presented to these new concepts, they can test, provide insights and suggestions for where improvements can be made. This will enable production teams to effectively allocate funds to provide a final product.

A recipe for design success

Thanks to its flexible nature, rapid prototyping allows industrial designers to provide designs with high-accuracy that can be reviewed and improved on if needed. This gives clients peace of mind that their projects are on track and that they can rely on a cost-effective way of working that could, ultimately, save them millions.

Do you need rapid prototyping in Melbourne? MOSS&SCHMIDT will make it work. For high- quality rapid prototyping, 3D-printing, and product development, get in touch with us.