Importance of Prototyping
Friday, August 17, 2018

It does not matter what product a company is trying to produce, creating a prototype is an important stage in the design process. Prototyping is crucial for testing and evaluating a design, clarifying production costs, selling a product and securing patents. In this article we will discuss the importance of prototyping.

Evaluate and Test a Design

Prototyping, prototypes  Drawing an idea of a design can be quite different from the real appearance and functionality of the item once it is produced. A real version of the product can be created by prototyping.

You can use this version to determine whether the product is alright or it still needs some revision. To reduce the costs and effort, you can also discard some features or parts which are not helpful.

A prototype can help you to uncover complex interactions which could not be practically identified when the design was on paper. Apart from the evaluation of the product, the design team is also able to test it before it is produced in quantity. You do not want to risk the production of thousands of units, so it is better to create a prototype first.

Production Costs and Issues

Before commencing production, prototyping can help to identify the challenging steps in the manufacturing process. Some of these steps can be removed, combined, or changed. In this way, not only the production process is made more efficient, but also the costs are reduced. By creating a prototype, the problems caused due to ineffective processes can be identified and solved before the actual production begins.

Selling the Product by Showing a Prototype

Apart from identifying the problems at an early stage, a prototype can make the actual product easier to sell. When the customers hold or see the prototype, they get an idea of the real product. Without a prototype, the customers think that it is only a concept. So it could be difficult to attract potential clients with just a concept. The concept instantaneously becomes real when you show your customers a prototype and you can get bulk orders even before the production process starts.

The views and opinions of the customers need to be considered in the prototype phase. Customer feedback on the prototype can be received and the design iterated to incorporate the feedback prior to production launch.


You need to consider patents if the product is unique or new. If you fail to patent the main features of a product, another company might produce a similar thing and you will lose the market value.

Get Your Prototype Now

You can consider contacting Greenlight Optics to design and produce your optical prototypes. By engaging their services, you can get a better optimized product and excite your customers.

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