Steps to Getting an Invention Prototype Built

Written By Steps To Faculty Published October 14th, 2010

Creating a new invention followed by successfully marketing it requires you to have an invention prototype built. This is critical when starting your own business because it gives you an excellent way to test the invention, work out the glitches, and market it to people interested in investing in it. Here are six steps to building an invention prototype.

Step 1. Begin with drawings

These should be detailed enough to build an actual model later after starting your own business. Indicate all the moving parts of your invention. While you could choose a pad and pencil for the preliminary drawings, you should take it one step further by using a computer-aided drawing program to be more readable and precise. There are many different CAD resources for you to choose from.

Step 2. Construct a basic model

Use whatever materials you have available to you. Cheap materials are best at this point, like Styrofoam, cardboard, plywood, string, glue etc. While your model does not need to be strong or actually perform what the real invention does at this point, it should show the proper proportion and all major parts that make the invention function.

Step 3. Make an assessment of your model

Does it look presentable? Did any obvious problems arise during your construction of it? These are important to pinpoint now before you attempt to make an actual working model of your invention.

Step 4. Research prototype-building options

While the cheapest option is to construct the working prototype yourself, is it feasible? If your invention is not too complicated, it may be, but for rapid prototyping, you may want to hire a company to build your invention out of polymer when starting your own business. This type of plastic can be molded into any shape and your model can be completed in a just a few hours.

Step 5. Get your prototype built

After the proper research, decide if you will be building your prototype by yourself or with the help of a company. While at this point you still want inexpensive materials, it should be durable and easy to work with. Wood is a good choice if you choose to build your own prototype because it accomplishes all these conditions.

Since this is the model that will actually be presented to a potential investor after starting your own business, you want it to look nice. Sand and paint it. Ensure that all gears or joints move smoothly. During your professional presentation, aesthetics are just as important as function. Please visit for more great business advice.

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