Explore How Prototypes Drive Successful Product Development
Illumination technology constantly evolves. As you consider new ideas and approaches for your products, prototyping gives you a way to test a physical model against your goals and requirements. You can also discover the potential product’s impact on the customer experience.
Here are five reasons to add prototyping to your design process:
1. Gain confidence in your vision
Some lighting design ideas fail, not because they are flawed, but because they aren’t implemented properly. Instead of writing an idea down or mocking up a digital image, prototyping delivers a working model to test and refine until it aligns with your vision.
2. Reduce development time
Prototyping allows you to go from concept to a working model within roughly four to six weeks. It’s a relatively quick process that also minimizes your final timeline because you have the right design and materials in place for tooling and production.
3. Improve the feedback loop
Input from stakeholders late in the game can halt progress. It often adds time and cost to an already expensive endeavor. Plus, it can create conflict between team members. Prototypes eliminate all that by giving you a tool to clearly demonstrate the potential end-game early in the process. Then, your team can give feedback before there are significant impacts on time, cost and resources.
4. Measure performance
Developing a physical representation helps you achieve your uniformity, efficiency and brightness targets. If the prototype isn’t hitting the desired metrics, you can identify solutions and make adjustments before moving to the next step.
5. Enhance the user experience
Bottom line – prototyping creates better products. When you see a physical model, you can fine tune the design so it meets your targets and, ultimately, your customers’ expectations.
Power-up Your Process with Prototypes
As software and tools become more mainstream, prototyping gives you a quick, cost-effective and powerful way to develop new illumination systems and products.
As a custom light guide manufacturer, GLT believes in the power of the prototype. We offer a variety of in-house prototyping capabilities and technology, including lasers for optical patterning and light guide shaping, a 3D printer for light guide housing, a CNC machine for housings and circuit boards and more.
Do you have an upcoming illumination project? Connect with a GLT lighting expert today.