The prototypes are manufactured by hand and serve as testing tools for engineers. Each prototype is intended to validate a series of characteristics of the final product, so that the client is involved in the process of validation.
From an idea to a real object
The creation of prototypes is an essential part of the product development process. It is very complex to assess certain aspects of an electronic product without it exist physically. Therefore, during the development process, it is necessary to make several prototypes to test and validate iteratively the functionalities required.
Proof of Concept (PoC, Proof of Concept)
More rudimentary prototypes used for testing isolated parts of the product
Used to test forms, materials, ways of assembling the final product, but not functionality
Once you have made all the necessary tests and tests have been performed, a pre-series of prototypes called Golden-sample is made. This will be used as standard, to serve as a reference to the mass production. It can also be used to pass the certification processes that may be required such as CE, FCC, ROHS, WEEE…