Five steps from prototype to production
Entrepreneurs usually invest time and money in prototyping, because it helps them understand how new products work in the real world. The prototype can：
Make them understand the supply chain of components
To expose the defects in the original design and solve them
Prove that design/technology is effective
Enable them to get feedback about the product and act accordingly
Better understanding of price per unit
Because the product has not been put into production at this time, any problems can be easily and cheaply solved.
More importantly, by making a prototype, you will be able to show potential users and supporters how the product works and the problems it solves. If you have something tangible in front of people, it's much easier to explain a product and show why it's worth producing. Following are rapid runs of various prototyping stages:
1.Make a Bill of Materials
The bill of materials (bom) is a bit like the recipe for preparing the product. By producing a bill of materials, you will know how much money you need to produce your product.
It mainly consists of a detailed list of parts needed for a product. It should also include where to find components and how to combine them (supply chains).
2.Work like prototyping/technical development
The second thing you should create is a technology that achieves your vision. This development phase is often referred to as "technology development" or "working like a prototype".
3.It looks like a prototype.
This is a representative prototype that your product project engineers will use to acquire your technology and try to turn it into something that looks like [done]. At this stage, it's important to think about functionality carefully. There's no need to create millions of things that nobody really wants.
4.Manufacturing Design (DFM)
Your DFM (design-for-manufacturing) may be slightly different from the third-stage prototype. This is because the prototype will take into account:
Cooperation with Supply Chain in the Real World
Cost of components -- probably cheaper than originally envisaged
However, the key to checking whether engineers are not against your ideas is to test the prototype's response with your target market. Once you sign, the result will be a product that is fully optimized for mass production.
5.First unit offline
So far, you may have completed financing and developed marketing and PR strategies to reach your target market. Imagine how proud you will be when all your efforts are turned into assembly lines and ready to sell to the market.
Here's a story about prototypes.
Steve Jobs and the iPod
Engineers showed the prototype of their first iPod and watched Steve play with it anxiously. It seems like a century has passed, he announced that he refused to accept it as it was too big.
Engineers refuted that it is impossible to make it smaller. Steve stood up, strolled to the aquarium tank and threw the iPod into the water. It sinks to the bottom and bubbles float to the top. "Those are bubbles. That means there's room inside. Make it smaller."