Prototyping | UK prototyping services for businesses for NPD

Prototyping and refining new products

Prototyping is an extremely exciting part of the product design process for our clients. It’s often the first time they see a physical version of their product. We have our own 3D printers to create objects in an array of different colours and finishes. But we also have the strength of a trusted network of manufacturers. Creating a detailed prototype model proves the principle of the intended design and so that we can analyse its functionality further.

We like to get our hands dirty

We have our own workshop for the product design and engineering team to model and prototype products. With a range of 3D printers, industrial sewing machine and lots of tools, we can really get hands-on.

We pride ourselves on creating designs that can be manufactured. Creating realistic prototypes is an important aspect of our process. We also have the ability to 3D scan an existing part and use this in the CAD modelling or prototyping stages.

Prototyping new products on 3D printers in product design workshop
Product design meeting with client looking at the Reward Jar samples received from the manufacturer

Machined prototypes through trusted manufacturers

Our established relationships with worldwide manufacturers is our core strength to source manufacturing for our client’s products. As well as 3D printing, we have access to a wide range of prototyping techniques such as:

  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • CNC machining
  • Casting
  • Laser and water jet cutting.

Evaluating prototypes to optimise product performance

At this stage of your product’s development, it’s possible to get a good understanding of the product’s performance. This could be by conducting cycle testing, destructive testing, functional viability assessments or focus group reviews. Don’t forget that prototyping, testing and repeating is an iterative stage of development. It’s about refining your product to deliver the best design outcome.

Designers discussing product development of a plastic industrial health and safety product for the Seton brand
3D printed PCB prototypes shown with motorbike helmet demister

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