Prototype your lightbulb gem to make it real

Date: 27/09/2021

WE’VE all had those lightbulb moments when a gem of an idea for a new product has come to us but few of us go on to actually turn those flashes of inspiration into reality.

Maybe that’s because we don’t know how to go about it. Who can help us draw up plans? How does the product get made? Will it be expensive to develop?

All sound too much bother and not worth it? That’s where we at Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication (YLF) come in!

As experts in bespoke sheet metal fabrication there’s not much we don’t know about making things from metal whatever the size, intricacy or function. We have a team of friendly, approachable and, most importantly, experienced engineers with the most up to date industry standard manufacturing design software to hand to bring your little gem to fruition.

Through the magic of computer aided design (CAD) technology, our engineers can take your rough sketches and translate them into detailed engineering level drawings. These will show not only how you expect your product to look but also how it should be constructed along with such crucial details as dimensions, fasteners, revision levels and anything else important to its manufacture.

The next step in your product’s development is turning those drawings into something tangible that can be touched, tried and tested – in other words, creating a prototype!

Developing a prototype has multiple benefits:

  • It not only gives you a realistic impression of how your design will look, it ensures your product will meet your desired functionality and pass any necessary safety tests.
  • Any errors or problems spotted at this stage can be easily corrected and the prototype tested again so saving time and money in the long term.
  • You can further develop and improve your product checking for fit and movement through a series of prototypes before committing to series production. Developing ideas in this way helps to pinpoint flaws and highlight improvement opportunities, breaking down risk in financial terms and leading to a more successful product in the future.
  • If your colleagues, customers or potential investors are having problems envisaging what you’ve got planned, a prototype will actually show them, making that sale, or green light to proceed, much more likely.

At YLF we understand that getting the prototype right is the key to success and will work closely with you from prototype to production to ensure you get that innovative, cost effective and well-made sheet metal product that you first imagined.

To turn your dream into reality contact us on 01924 220236 or click here to get in touch.