It is a first model that serves as a representation of the final product and allows us to make verifications in the design and check that it has the specific characteristics required in the initial design. A representation of what that product will be.
There are different types of prototypes:
3D prototypes are called low fidelity prototypes because for the representation materials that are not those of the final product are used.
These materials are cheap and easy to reproduce, created in a short time.
The evaluation of the product, learning from it and carrying out tests is the main objective of the prototype.
The shape or general characteristics of the prototype can be different to the final product but it is essential to take maximum care of the details to maximize learning.
High fidelity prototypes are recommended before launching production in the final product series.
The prototype identical to the final product needs more time to be created and is more expensive than 3D prototypes.
Learning and testing
The major advantage of prototypes is to be able to include the necessary changes and modifications in the development phase of the product.
The advantages of this protocol facilitate the contribution of better and new functionalities achieving excellent designs.
In this phase the necessary changes are also detected so that the product is better accepted in the market.
The tests carried out on the prototype are also very useful for determining how the product will react to different situations, such as movement, temperature changes, incidence of light and wear by use, among others.
Testing the product by means of a test before starting the serial production process is essential to detect errors and facilitate improvements, confirming that it has the characteristics proposed, thus ensuring that it can be adapted to the production process.
This step is essential as it allows large cost savings in the budget, avoiding the detection of faults when the product is already in series production or completed.
Prototypes are also useful for determining how people interact with the product.
Confirming if the desired needs are covered, if it is aesthetically attractive to the target public, if its functions and ergonomics are clear, among others.
We buy for necessity, for leisure, for security or for luxury.
The products are created according to these parameters. The prototypes allow us to confirm that the design covers at least one of these needs and that therefore the client will know how to differentiate it according to what he is looking for.
In the case of textile prototypes, the process begins with pattern-making and the search for suitable materials.
The reasons for the usefulness of the textile prototype are the same as those mentioned above.
It is important that during the prototype process there is good communication with the customer to determine every detail clearly and unmistakably.
The tests must be carried out by our client, who can determine if it meets the desired requirements.
At Proline Barcelona we work with life-long techniques that were proactively adapted to new techniques and technology applied to the design and manufacture of technical textile products.
At Proline Barcelona you will find a team with extensive experience that will design your product in an effective and professional manner.
We start by actively listening to the customer’s needs to prepare a free quote. Once the quotation has been accepted and the details have been finished, we will begin the technical design of the product, customosing it and managing it until delivery, if necessary.
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