Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a prototype made?
It very much depends on what the product is, how complex the parts are, how many moving parts need reproduction, the material you want the prototype to be made from, and it’s size. If you want a prototype that is a 1 to 1 replica, and it has 30 different parts, the time and cost will be vastly different from say a 1/15 replica of a product with only 4 moving parts.
Can I get an estimate of how much it will cost to get a prototype made?
It very much depends on the complexity of the item (Is it 2-D, 3-D, more than single-cavity?) and what material it will be made from. Since you have to factor in the cost of the 3-D illustration, the cost of the engineering drawings (and any modifications that may be required), whether there will be tooling costs, and such-like, depending on what the item is, the costs vary widely. If your item can be produced by 3-D printing, the costs of a prototype for simpler objects can be lower than if tooling for a mold is required to produce the part (cost of your mold takes into consideration the part size, complexity of object, materials to be used, and anticipated quantities)
How can i guarantee confidentiality of my product?
We are happy to sign an NDA, and always engage our associates on a confidential basis. We cannot sacrifice our professionalism and reputation or expose ourselves to legal claims by breaching client confidentiality.
How do you vet manufacturers?
We use a number of techniques to ensure that our associates working on behalf of our clients have the required certifications, experience and abide by high ethical standards, and incorporate good employment practices. Where applicable we seek references and independent verification (which can entail conducting annual inspections) to ensure that our supply chain meets high and lawful ethical and employment standards.
Is it necessary to provide full project details to you?
In order for us to be able to help you properly, it is important that we know all the details of the product you wish to create, including what it is, what it will be used for, the target market, whether it is a part that fits in with other parts, the level of strength of material that is required, and so on. Such details will enable an efficient product development process, and can reduce the overall costs, and the number of tweaks or changes that have to be made along the way.
What does the timeline of a typical project look like?
The first step is to arrange a meeting (face-to-face or virtual), at which you can communicate details of the product . Once we have everything we need to start the project, we will speak to our engineers and designers to create a visual representation or 3-D illustration of the product. These will be communicated to you via email / post, and once you’re happy with them, we will create some CAD drawings detailing all the measurements of the product. Once you are happy with the drawings, a prototype will be fabricated, and tested, and a sample sent to you (or a meeting arranged for you to review the prototype). Any desired changes can be made at this stage. A further prototype will be made, and once you are happy with it, the process for mass production can begin.