Prototyping, more than 3D print

  /  Prototyping, more than 3D print

Give shape to your ideas, test their feasibility and have your product in hand.

We are specialists in 3D modelling and prototyping of your product. Prototyping is an essential tool for concrete validation of concepts and making the necessary improvements, as the case may be. Once the prototype is produced, you are ready to present your product.

Tak Design’s seasoned team supports you from the start, up to marketing of your product.

Steps for implementation of your project :

  • Complex, surface and sheet metal 3D modelling
  • Small and medium series prototypes
  • Models for sales presentations
  • Development models
  • Test and precertification models
  • Ergonomic and contextual study
  • Mechanical, volume and ergonomic validation test
  • Subcontracted 3D printing (STL, SLS, FBM, etc.)
  • Prototyping workshop available (metal, wood, plastic, painting)

Volume prototype, mule or mockup

Often handmade, a volume mockup is usually used at the start of a project to visualize the product’s passive interaction in space or in its environment. It is very useful to begin preliminary ergonomic analyses. This type of prototype is inexpensive and its precision is secondary. This prototype may be replicated multiple times during the completed product development process.

Prototype, exploratory model

Real-size or reduced scale mockup including preliminary subassemblies capable of proving the feasibility of a device, a circuit, equipment, a system or a principle: the exterior appearance of this model is generally rough, because it does not account for the overall design or the appearance of the components of the eventual device. The exploratory model generally does not achieve the performance expected for the production model . However, its performance must be good enough to allow prediction with some confidence that the objective sought is achievable.

Development prototype

Designed to achieve the performances described in the specifications or to establish the technical requirements of the production equipment, this model does not necessarily contain the final modules of the product, and its exterior appearance does not necessarily conform to the final product. It can also serve to demonstrate the operation, reproducibility and relevance of the product in development. The performance of the development model of the selected concept must correspond to the key characteristic of the technical data sheet. However, some exceptions are permitted.

Test prototype

Model serving to assess the product’s characteristics and performance under its specific conditions of use and environmental conditions: this is very close to its final design, has the final configuration and uses approved components or their equivalents. The test model must satisfy the performance requirements of the technical data sheet and the environmental conditions.

Preproduction prototype or units

Designed to achieve the performances described in the specifications, it is produced primarily with the production equipment. This model should contain the final modules of the device. It serves to demonstrate efficient operation and reproducibility of parts by the production tools. As needed, adjustments will be made and the process will be repeated until the preproduction units satisfy the performance requirements of the technical data sheet of the final product. This process thus allows confirmation of the start of production.