Exponential development defines modern technological innovation. Moore’s Law predicates a doubling of computational power at 18-month intervals. This “Law” has proven constant since its observation. Collaterally, many technological industries are affected.
Consider IoT, or the Internet of Things. IoT tech in combination with RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) can help a healthcare clinic better manage patients. The same kind of technological “net” can be used to help define areas where a new device or component would be especially useful in terms of assembly line production.
Additionally, as new vehicles are designed and engineering fixes help to eliminate old operational issues, a greater level of precision can be attained through adroit application of modern design protocols. To help you get an idea, just consider the difference between drafting something longhand, and using a program like AutoCad.
Now imagine a corporate budget is applied to the situation. Where before, prototyping innovations would require internal management, and be akin to reinventing the wheel, now a great deal of complication can be removed from the equation, expediting the process, saving time, conserving assets, and allowing for greater and greater optimization.
Weiss-Aug.com provides successful prototyping through a: “…new program development team for medical device components, automotive sub-assemblies, and aerospace components and assemblies. Our skilled tool design engineers, tool and die makers, and program managers work in conjunction to bring a project from napkin sketch to production.”
Basically, companies like this use the whole host of available technologies in a concerted effort designed to maximize productivity, as well as the utility of the prototype itself.
Something else to consider when it comes to prototyping is that you’re likely going to go through several iterations of the same innovation before a final version is established. The same is true in software—only there, the “prototypical” program is called a “Beta”. Betas are necessary because even the best programs have hidden bugs which aren’t visible until the program is put through its paces.
An Aerospace Example
Here’s something else to consider: many businesses are able to design and build products internally. The thing is, such businesses haven’t designed what they do around prototyping; they’ve designed what they do around the eventual products which result. Sometimes only specific prototype design is needed. Aerospace technology is a perfect example.
With any flight-related assembly are a bevy of components and parts which may be necessary on a “baseline” level. The innovations are atop that baseline level. So there may be a number of components, parts, and designs which an aerospace company will save more money putting together internally—except for certain outliers.
For the outliers, it’s best to have a prototyping agency available somewhere to more cost-effectively design and build necessary tech. Think of it in a compartmentalization capacity. When that which is more cost-effectively done internally can be juxtaposed against that more cost-effective externally, the greatest overall result can be achieved.
Another tool useful in prototyping, and alluded to earlier, involves using software innovations to reduce developmental “drag”, if you will. With anything, there’s going to be a level of “drag”, a level of “resistance”. Think of it like wind, or the degree of slant in an uphill climb. This “drag” reduces speed in development.
Reducing Design Drag
Through Big Data, cloud computing apps of various kind, and the aforementioned IoT, drag can be substantially reduced. Imagine being able to test a prototype extensively without ever having to build it. This is more difficult with older technological solutions, but modern server arrays increase computational power, and can so handle more realistic variables; making it a very essential prototyping tool.
Additionally, through such simulation, it becomes possible to identify areas where internal designs may not be sufficient. You can then present the digital issues to a prototyping agency and get a specific component designed as necessary while your business goes on to focus on more pertinent issues.
There are quite a few different prototyping tools available on the web today which you can use to help hone your designs; these can make it possible for you to get more accurate, actionable designs to prototyping agencies so they can more quickly produce—and even improve on, if that’s within your agreement penumbra—your design.
Next it makes sense to consider 3D prototyping options. There are at least seven methods available today in terms of fast three-dimensional prototyping. Finding the right agency will give you access to such methods of prototyping. Certainly it’s possible to attain the technology internally, but involved costs are usually too high to justify such a move.
Sustainable Forward Design Protocols
A final thing to consider involves sustainability. Because technology continues to exponentially build on itself, remaining static in industries which require technological use is almost surely going to end up costing you. Competition will start to use the tech, and you’ll fall behind.
Look at it this way: imagine an older gentleman in a coffee shop with a newspaper, and a younger gentleman with a laptop. Certainly the older gentleman has wisdom, but his newspaper can only contain so much information. Meanwhile, the younger gentleman could make money using his laptop to write pieces for the web, and has nearly infinite access to data.
The older gentleman using classified or help wanted ads is going to take longer and have a more difficult time finding work. The man with the laptop can choose carefully, and see near-immediate results, depending on the industry. The newspaper is no longer something that gives the advantage in terms of information that it once did. And yet, at one time, newspapers were themselves a technological leap. The printing press, and broad printing of daily news chronicles, have not always been with society.
There will be a prototyping innovation leap which transcends current tech, in all likelihood, and that trend is additionally likely to continue. Having the best prototyping tools available to you now can help you remain sustainably competitive, and refrain from losing advantage through practices and policies which are becoming antiquated.
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