A prototype is an original or first model of something from which other forms are copied or developed. As an inventor, the prototype represents the transition of your big idea from innovative concept to actual, tangible invention. It is one of the earliest steps to start inventing.
So how do you go about creating the three-dimensional version of your product? Only a decade or so ago, most home inventors dug through their junk drawers or scouted the local craft store to turn their idea from paper sketch to extremely DIY'd proof of concept. (Which is still fine—your very first prototype is just to prove: This thing can work!)
But today, with the wonder of computer-aided design, you can get much more polished renderings of your invention quickly and easily. At Idea Design Lab, we turn original ideas into realistic 3D designs with the detail and accuracy of a photograph (they can even show texture).
With a professional computer model in hand, you can move on to the next stages of the invention process: physical prototyping, patenting, marketing, and manufacturing.
So how does it work? To begin, you don't even need a drawing of your idea—our talented designers listen to your description and review any existing materials you have to create initial concepts. Once you've reviewed them and provided feedback, we bring a computer-generated version of your product to life in a grayscale 3D rendering. The finished product is a full-color, photorealistic 3D design that's yours to do with as you choose!
So your vision has moved from your mind's eye to fully realized concept. Next step? Developing a physical prototype.