Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Invention Prototypes and other Invention topics.
While a crude prototype can be made with cardboard and glue, a working and final prototype must begin to both resemble and work like a real product. Here are some basic manufacturing methods that you might craft your prototype with.
Casting: You can make parts of your prototype from a liquid metal or plastic that hardens into a specified shape and size. Casting is produced with a mold, and can be done in metal, plastic or rubber.
Machining: Starting with foam, metal, plastic or wood, lathes, grinders and milling machines are used to take material away to achieve the shape you need.
Fabricating: Sheets of metal or plastic can be cut, bent, folded and in the case of plastic – vacuum formed to create shapes.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|