What is a prototype?
A prototype is a tool used to help designers and inventors create a new product. Prototypes are often necessary throughout the development process to help you track the progress of your invention. They can be anything from a simple sketch to a nearly-finished version of your product.
Why do you need one?
Prototypes allow you to test your invention ideas, make changes, see what works and what doesn’t, and ensure that everything is safe for final production. They also allow you to easily share your ideas with other people involved in the development process. Depending on your invention, creating a prototype can be expensive; therefore, it’s not necessary in all cases to have a three-dimensional, working version of your product developed. However, if it is within your means to create a prototype, doing so can certainly be beneficial.
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