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Prototype Development

Models and Prototypes 101

December 06, 2016

Product design is an iterative process. Models are a critical part of that process.

They allow designers and engineers to interact with a concept in a tangible way, identifying flaws and opportunities for improvement throughout the development journey.

Models come at all stages of fidelity – from a three-dimensional object made of paper to a fully operational prototype. Our Shop produces models at all stages of development to help keep the process moving. We’ve created everything from models that fit in the palm of your hand to two-story plywood sets for user testing.

Here are a few types of models that we make and use most frequently:

Sketch Model

This is a 3D version of a hand sketch. Sketch models are typically made out of paper, cardboard, foam core or pink foam using simple tools such as an X-ACTO knife, straight edge and a hot-melt glue gun.

Form Study Model

Form study models show size, shape, proportion, spatial relationships and surface contours. They are particularly useful in early assessment of initial aesthetic considerations of multiple concepts. These models can be hand sculpted or machined out of urethane foam, RenShape and clay.

We’ve created everything from models that fit in the palm of your hand to two-story plywood sets for user testing.

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Sketch of a phone