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Guide to Prototyping Your New Electronic Hardware Product: The

  • Developing a new consumer product will require numerous prototype iterations before it is ready for mass production in large quantities. As a result, in this article, I will outline in detail what you should be learning with each successive prototype version....

    The prototype requirements for your electronic product will differ depending on where you are in the product development process. Unfortunately, no single prototype is sufficient for bringing a commercial product all the way to the market from conception to completion.

    You will need to iterate on your new product several times before it is ready for mass production, no matter how advanced your computer-aided design capabilities have become.

    Prototype for Proof of Concept (POC).

    In the early stages of product development, a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) prototype is used to demonstrate the basic concept of a product, as the name implies.

    In most cases, a proof-of-concept prototype will not function exactly like the final product, and it will never look exactly like the final product. It has a single goal: to demonstrate the fundamental concept of the product at the lowest possible cost while remaining within budget.

    A proof-of-concept prototype (POC) will be built on an electronics development kit such as an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi for the vast majority of electronic hardware products.

    Microcontrollers or microprocessors are required by the vast majority of electronic products. Unlike the Arduino series of development kits, which are based on microcontrollers, the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone development kits, which are based on microprocessors, are available.

    An initial proof-of-concept prototype is typically created solely for the purpose of determining the feasibility of a new product concept. Customers will only see it on rare occasions.

    Making a proof-of-concept prototype is the most sensible course of action if you have serious doubts about whether your product will actually solve the problem for which it was designed.

    Injection Molding is a type of plastic injection molding.
    When it comes to producing tens of parts, 3D printing is fantastic. For mass production of hundreds or thousands of parts, however, this method is not practical. In order to manufacture the enclosure for your product in larger quantities, injection molding will eventually be required.

    It should come as no surprise that the creation of a mold is the first step in the injection molding process. Molds are made of metal, and the hardness of the metal determines how long the plastic injection molding services will last and how much it will cost.

    Aluminum molds are typically the best choice for prototyping or early production because of their lightweight and durability. A single aluminum mold can produce up to 10,000 parts at a cost of a couple of thousand dollars per piece.

    As hot, molten plastic is injected into the injection molding at high pressure, the mold splits into two halves that are held together by the pressure of the injected plastic. The high-pressure environment is required in order to produce fine details in the part's construction. Once the plastic has cooled and solidified, the plastic injection molding company is opened and the part is removed from the plastic mold.

    For the most part, most designs will require significant alterations in order to be suitable for injection molding. In contrast to 3D printing, which can reproduce almost any shape you can imagine, injection molding has strict design rules that must be adhered to in order to be successful.

    In order to avoid this outcome, ensure that whoever designs your enclosure is familiar with injection molding. Otherwise, you may end up with a product that can be prototyped but not produced in large quantities.

    The achievement of having a fully functional prototype that works and looks like a finished product is a significant milestone. So give yourself a pat on the back when you reach this significant milestone!

    But don't get your hopes up too much just yet. It is one of the most underappreciated steps in the process of bringing a new hardware product to market: the transition from prototype to mass manufacturing.