Your First Steps to Prototype Modelmaking
How do you go about prototype modelmaking? Where do you start? Step one. Get stitch bound composition book. This is your inventor’s journal.
Your first sketch is like a rough draft of an essay. Get something down on paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Be sure to sign it and date it. Also have two people without a financial interest in your new idea sign and date your sketch.Your inventor’s journal is a powerful tool to protect your new idea!
To protect your new idea in the prototype modelmaking phase be sure to read “Profit from Your Idea” by Richard Stim.
I like to start out with a journal and a pencil and sit on my deck with a cup of coffee. It is a relaxing way to let the creative process flow.
Okay … Your new idea is in your journal and two witness' have signed and dated it. Time to start prototype modelmaking!What kind of prototype? That really depends on your idea.
Bread Board Prototypes: The term breadboard comes from the old days of hand made radios. The prototype uses a sheet of wood for a base. If you have basic hand skills you can do this. This a way to test your idea and see if it works. Head over to Home Depo or Radio Shack and see if you can make your BBP with standard off the shelf hardware. Start attaching the parts, wires, hoses and whatever else you need. Use screws, wire ties even staples to get the job done.
CAUTION: Your Bread board Prototype may not be safe. Especially if it uses electricity or has moving parts. Be sure to keep it out of the reach of children (and most adults).
The photo above shows one of my bread box prototypes
Your Bread board prototype may not look or feel anything like what you plan to sell to your customers. That is okay. A BBP is a rough draft. Odds are you will not be showing this to any potential licensees. For a finishing touch you can build a box around it. BBPs tend to be big, clumsy, and don’t last long. A friend of mine calls them Frankenstein’s.
Clay or Wood Models: You may have a new idea for the next Barbie™ or a unique toothbrush. This is a way to get started with something you can touch and feel.
Shape the clay with your hands and some modeling tools. Let the clay air dry for a few days before you start handling it. You can buy your materials at most arts and craft stores. Models like this rarely have moving parts and are mainly for display.
A wood model might be better for your new idea. Sketch out the shape and cut with a band or saber saw. A belt sander can be used for a third dimension. Wood has an advantage because it can be drilled and glued and stapled.
Wood or Clay? You decide. Plastic or metal might be better for your new idea. Many skills are required for prototype modelmaking. For a free half hour consultation feel free to CLICK ON the contact me tab.
Americans are willing to pay for convenience. People fall in love with products because they just love the way they feel in their hands. Ask a mechanic why he pays so much for Snap On™ tools.
Maybe you are confident you have the next IPod™. Are you ready to take it to the next level?
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