Prototyping is one of the most important stages of the design process. The prototype enables many different aspects of the product to be tested, including its general aesthetics and shape, dimensions, mechanics, electronics and materials. Each unique product will require a very different approach to prototypes, as the prototype type and time schedule and costs will be changed depending on the complexity, size, functionality and product type.
The best way to establish a solid commercial interest from customers is to set up a prototype that gives the exact reflection of the finished design. This is because potential customers can get their hands on the product and explore how it will work.
When selecting a PCB prototype manufacturer it is important to consider more than one option, approaching the three companies and getting the bids from each of them, which will help decide, although it should be noted that the cheapest option is not necessarily the best because the price is not the only factor to consider.
You should ensure that the selected company adds value to your PCB during the prototype process. For example, you really need a company whose team includes PCB designers who can remember additional features, top-notch product design and improve usability. You also need to ensure that the company develops your concept in a way that it can produce, not just something that looks good. For this reason, you should choose a company that is actively involved in the manufacturing process.
The level of service is very important and it is necessary to request reviews from previous clients. Face-to-face meetings will help the company have a good understanding of the product idea and you will probably be in good shape with them. The path to the final product is long, so it is important for you and your designer to agree and understand each other.
Creating a PCB prototype is an essential part of every production process and should not be ignored. A good PCB prototype surpasses any description or illustration, and a good design engineer will be able to make decisions, develop ideas, add value, design production, and eventually provide a prototype presentation that can be set up by industry representatives. A good PCB prototype will speak for itself and should increase your chances of success.