Prototyping

production4The path one takes when bringing his concept to life is littered with countless points where a stray turn that would derail the whole project, sinking all the efforts poured into the project.  Stories of times past tell us of organizations short on time and money who rush to production before fine tuning the product and adequately exploring all options that are key to ensuring a product’s commercial success.  These situations can be avoided in nearly every instance by utilizing the multitude of affordable, cutting-edge prototyping technologies available to engineers today.

On the mechanical side, the revolution started with CNC machining has spawned intense thinking on the subject of mechanical prototyping, culminating in the 3d printing options that are not only of a quality sufficient for prototyping needs, but are also now feasible enough to seriously consider for small run mechanical parts.

If you could imagine mechanical prototyping as an overnight train with relatively few stops before its destination, then electrical prototyping is the downtown commuter train with more stops, often sudden, at much shorter intervals.  Outside changes that occur during the engineering cycle – sometimes new technology or perhaps when a sudden, specific opportunity arises – must be responded to, and our rapid prototyping abilities will help craft the most appropriate plan to address your prototyping needs.

As any electrical engineer knows, prototyping can take many forms, but short of fabricating commercial PCB’s and stuffing with valuable components it is difficult to obtain a reliable proof of concept.  Before that costly point, an engineer is left with a few options.  Breadboards being the starting point for many projects provide to be a useful tool up to a certain point.  The next step usually involves milling versions of prototype copper boards to add components to a more solid platform, in the process giving the engineer a better control of the design’s progression.  In the end, the leap to fabricated PCB’s means that you believe in your design and are ready for high resolution machinery to take the place of your soldering iron in the final steps to creating your next prototype, the one that will ultimately prove itself to be the first working piece in your new product line.

No matter the path, we realize the importance of treating each step with the utmost importance to ensure that your investment is protected.  We fully understand that the prototypes you hire us to build represents both the final goal and every effort theretofore.

We hope to hear from you to see how we might be of service.