New designs often have unexpected problems. At Fralock, prototype manufacturing is often used as part of the product design process to allow engineers and designers the ability to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance prior to starting production of a new product. Fralock’s prototype manufacturing staff of engineers uses their experience to tailor the prototype according to the specific unknowns still present in the intended design. For example, some prototypes are used to confirm and verify consumer interest in a proposed design whereas other prototypes will attempt to verify the performance or suitability of a specific design approach.
In general, an iterative series of prototypes will be designed, constructed and tested as the final design emerges and is prepared for production. With rare exceptions, multiple iterations of prototypes are used to progressively refine the design. A common strategy among prototype manufactures is to design, test, evaluate and then modify the design based on analysis of the prototype.
Fralock’s prototype manufacturing specialists specialize in custom manufacturing techniques that can help bridge between theoretical designs and the fabrication of prototypes.
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