Prototyping in the early stages of development is essential to testing theoretical assumptions and interaction with the end-user in a specific environment. No details, styling or colors — just proving functionality.
Prototyping ≠ 3d printing
Although we believe in the benefits of additive manufacturing technologies (or 3D printing), we are convinced it cannot replace conventional techniques like model hacking or hand mock-ups. We prefer to act fast without wasting time developing software models when this is not really needed.
How do we work?
- Our product developers analyze the different concepts and set up a list of functionalities.
- These are then tested separately to get insights in the different functionalities, thus enabling faster progress.
- Based on the results, we screen different production techniques and materials. Rather than wasting time making components, we look for parts that already exist.
- Next, the team builds the first mock-ups, constantly evaluating each model and learning to build the next. Usually, these prototypes are made of cardboard, existing components, wood, and a lot of Duct tape.
- Once the team understands the forces at play, a CAD/CAM model is made to produce a functional, 3D-printed piece.
- These pieces are used to test user interaction.
- Finally, we also brief external parties or your production engineers to start up the engineering process.