When exploring new product concepts, it is essential to test ideas early on. Is the proposition technically feasible? How do customers interact with the proposed solution? Our proof-of-principle prototypes help validate ideas in a cost-effective way.

Functional prototyping

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?

  1. Our product developers analyze the different concepts and set up a list of functionalities. 
  2. These are then tested separately to get insights in the different functionalities, thus enabling faster progress. 
  3. Based on the results, we screen different production techniques and materials. Rather than wasting time making components, we look for parts that already exist.
  4. 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. 
  5. Once the team understands the forces at play, a CAD/CAM model is made to produce a functional, 3D-printed piece. 
  6. These pieces are used to test user interaction. 
  7. Finally, we also brief external parties or your production engineers to start up the engineering process.

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