From Food Tech Innovation Portal
|Why to deal with this?|| The objective of the pre-production prototype is to develop the manufacturing processes and techniques required to produce the product. |
Prototype development is a stage in the new product development process. A new product originates as an idea. The idea is a descriptive statement that can be written or only verbalized. The idea is refined into a product concept that includes consumer benefits and features of the product. The concept is developed into a prototype, i.e. a working model or preliminary version of the product. After several iterations the prototype is perfected into the final product (Thomas, 1993).
The pre-production prototype step usually will result in knowledge about the manufacture-ability of the product, the manufacturing processes, maintainability and reliability, material and component lists, plans for field support, installation and production costs, safety and environmental factors, time schedules, and regulatory requirements.
|When is it suitable/applicable?|| Pre-production prototyping has several advantages:
|When is it NOT suitable/applicable?||During the product development process it can be useful to create a prototype, a representative version of the product under development. Prototyping is appropriate if the product is reasonably small, if the prototype can be created quickly and the additional cost is relatively low compared to the product's overall development costs (a prototype hydroelectric dam would be unreasonable on all three counts).warning.png"During the product development process it can be useful to create a prototype, a representative version of the product under development. Prototyping is appropriate if the product is reasonably small, if the prototype can be created quickly and the additional cost is relatively low compared to the product's overall development costs (a prototype hydroelectric dam would be unreasonable on all three counts)." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.|
|What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)?||Pre-Production Prototype is for all practical purposes the final version of the product. It should be just like the finished product in every way, from how it is manufactured to its appearance, packaging, and instructions. This final-stage prototype is typically expensive to produce—and far more expensive to make than the actual unit cost once the product is in full production—but the added cost is often well worth it. It is most valuable because it enables inventors and producers to go over every aspect of the product in fine detail, which can head off potential trouble spots prior to product launch.|
|What’s the relevant HTE output?||The search function of this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal) will help you identify institutes and technology centres with experience in your technology area. They can support prototyping and prototype testing by offering access to their expertise and infrastuctures.|
|Whom can I talk to from the HTE team?||IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.,|
|Relevant internet links|| Links:
|Online databases and tools|| Tools:
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|Where to get advice, consultancy?|| Support:
|Related innovation sheets||Proof-of-concept, Scale-up, Testing prototype, Technical x pre feasibility, Technical x feasibility, Technical x development|