|Why to deal with this?||A prototype is an early sample or model built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is designed to test and trial a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working system rather than a theoretical one.|
|When is it suitable/applicable?|| Since prototypes are by definition the first of their kind, they are used in product design for testing, testing and more testing.
In many fields, there is great uncertainty as to whether a new design will actually do what is desired. New designs often have unexpected problems. A prototype 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. Engineers use 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 is to design, test, evaluate and then modify the design based on analysis of the prototype.
|When is it NOT suitable/applicable?||It is possible to use prototype testing to reduce the risk that a design may not perform acceptably, however prototypes generally cannot eliminate all risk. There are pragmatic and practical limitations to the ability of a prototype to match the intended final performance of the product and some allowances and engineering judgement are often required before moving forward with a production design.warning.png"It is possible to use prototype testing to reduce the risk that a design may not perform acceptably, however prototypes generally cannot eliminate all risk. There are pragmatic and practical limitations to the ability of a prototype to match the intended final performance of the product and some allowances and engineering judgement are often required before moving forward with a production design." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.|
|What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)?||In general, it can be expected that individual prototype costs will be substantially greater than the final production costs due to inefficiencies in materials and processes. Prototypes are also used to revise the design for the purposes of reducing costs through optimization and refinement.|
|What’s the relevant HTE output?||With this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal), Hightech Europe helps you to identify research institutes and technology centres with expertise in different technology areas. You can find suitable partners for your testing activities by using the search function of this page.|
|Whom can I talk to from the HTE team?||IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., FRIP, KEKI, Pervatech, KU Leuven LFT, UTCN, CSIRO, Nutrition Sciences|
|Relevant internet links|| Links:
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|Where to get advice, consultancy?|| Support:
|Related innovation sheets||Proof-of-concept, Scale-up, Pre-production prototype, Technical x pre feasibility, Technical x feasibility|