Successful prototyping requires thinking about building and making in a way that is different from the way we think about manufacturing and fabrication. First and foremost a prototype is not a final product. Before going into detail about how prototypes are used and before getting into the specifics of working with materials, it is worthwhile discussing some of the important characteristics of prototyping.

The Difference between Prototyping and Manufacturing

Prototyping and manufacturing are separate activities. Mass-manufactured products achieve their economy of scale through tooling. The time involved and the cost of making various types of tooling and setting up an assembly line, is a huge capital investment. ...

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