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Prototyping

Prototyping is an essential part of the early stages of product development. It tests the functional and physical feasibility of a new product or a part of it. Prototypes can be used to experiment with or test a first product idea. Product risks are eliminated by proving technical feasibility. Whether it concerns a simple microfluidic chip or a highly complex platform, at Micronit we think along with you!

Prototyping partner

Micronit offers high quality innovative prototyping. We love the challenge of demanding prototypes with high levels of complexity! Creativity and innovation are part of our craftsmanship.

 

At Micronit you are in direct contact with experts. At the start of the design phase of the proto run, an engineer is assigned to your product and he or she will be your point of contact during the whole process.

 

Prototyping at Micronit is never standard. Every request is unique and will be treated as such. This way, your product gets the attention it needs in the right time. Thoroughness is our way of working: we’d rather make adjustments in the design phase than find out that a produced prototype is not quite right after all.

What does a typical prototyping procedure look like?

There are six steps to be taken in a typical prototyping process.

1) First contact. 

Once you have completed the contact form, we will get in touch within a few days to collect the first details. We are curious about your industry, your business case and the basic technical data of the product you are developing.

2) Design submission.

In this phase we ask you to provide us with information regarding the requirements of your prototype (in the form of drawings or technical specifications). If necessary, an NDA can be drawn up prior to this phase.

3) Feasibility assessment.

Taking into account all the requirements, we investigate the manufacturability of the product and in this way assess the feasibility of the requested design. If necessary, we provide feedback and/or propose iterations to create a feasible prototype.

4) Quotation & Order.

Once we have a ‘go’ on feasibility, a quotation will be submitted. After confirmation, the order is complete and the prototyping request is passed on to our design department.

5) Design & Design approval.

One of our engineers will guide the design and development process. Based on all existing information, a design is made that will be presented for your approval. Only after full consent on your part, production will start.

6) Production.

A fixed number of prototypes is produced according to the approved design and delivered to you as agreed.

 

The time frame of a prototype run depends on the complexity of the design and the number of adjustments that have to be made. The aim is to deliver a prototype within 4-8 weeks from the start of the design phase.

Stage gate process at Micronit

Usually, prototyping does not stand alone, but is part of an overall product development process. In such a process, Micronit and the client team up and realize a new product by following an effective step-by-step plan, from the first drawing board-idea to the production of the required volumes in our factory. Prototyping is an integral part of this process. The stage gate process enables us to deliver excellent products in a timely and controlled manner. The development team keeps a close eye on the broad scope of the product. It’s not only the functional product that counts, but also the entire business case and launch to market.

Prototyping tool

Are you taking your first steps in prototyping? Curious about the costs or looking for some design tips? Then make use of our prototyping tool. Simply fill in your specific requirements and immediately receive a cost estimate.