First of all a prototype extends the mental concept from a mere thing mentally envisaged into its spacial occupation whether it’s made from plastic milk bottles and cardboard or foam core and wood, steel or folded paper. In most cases its about physically seeing what we perceived possible only by or in the mind. Building up a prototype piece by piece gives us a more nuts-and-bolts product sized and shaped and temporarily occupying physical space. From this we can make adjustments, refine and define shape, test for sizing and look for anything that might detract from bringing closure to the overall design. Prototypes help us to prove the theory, prepare for pre-production, cost out production costs, prepare cutting lists and present something of substance to others for their consideration and/or input.
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