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The Ultimate Product Prototyping Quiz
by Staff
New products regularly appear on the market, but we rarely take the time to consider the processes behind the appearance of a product. Answer this quiz and learn about the prototyping processes.

What are the major phases a product goes through before appearing on the market?

  • invention, feasibility check and marketing
  • design, prototyping and production
  • prototyping, transportation and packaging

What is a prototype?

  • first new product off the assembly line
  • computer projection of financial feasibility
  • model of a new product

If you have an idea for a new product, what should the first stage of the design process be?

  • basic market research
  • apply for a patent
  • publish the idea to check response

What is the major importance of a prototype?

  • to impress investors
  • to show how the item works
  • to get a patent

If the invention refers only to part of an existing system, do you need to replicate the entire system?

  • definitely
  • only if there is a potential health hazard
  • just the relevant part of the system

As soon as you are ready to begin the actual design of the product how do you begin?

  • have a 3-D design made
  • prepare a PowerPoint presentation
  • send a memo to your investors

What software is used for 3-D design?

  • any sophisticated graphics software
  • any 3-D software
  • computer-aided design software

What advantage does CAD software have?

  • no advantage
  • shows parts in motion
  • industrial designers don't use any other software

How does the CAD software relate to changes in one element of the design?

  • It will alter the other specs and automatically integrate them into the design.
  • Warns you that other specs need to be changed.
  • It is not designed to deal with changes during the design process.

Okay, you have the final 3-D design on paper and a computer generated simulation on screen. What next?

  • look for a manufacturer
  • finalize funding
  • create some form of prototype

Why should you go to the trouble of creating a prototype of a relatively simple safe item?

  • It is the accepted norm in the manufacturing process
  • People relate better to something tangible.
  • Prototypes are a legal requirement.

What is rapid prototyping?

  • a machine that makes 3-D models
  • quick manufacture of a model
  • paper-based 3-D models

How does laminated object manufacturing work?

  • Lasers melt layers of thermoplastic powder and other materials like polymers.
  • An electron beam is used to melt layers of metal powder.
  • Shapes are cut with lasers and glued to the layer below.

What is a major problem with rapid prototyping?

  • Models are extremely fragile.
  • Costs can be very high.
  • Health hazard posed by materials used.

Why would you want to build a prototype of something like a drill casing?

  • to test for design flaws
  • for use in advertisements
  • to check color schemes

Is time really a factor in product development?

  • Not at all consumers are always wary of the first new product on the market.
  • The only relevant factor is the amount of preliminary advertising.
  • Consumers tend to buy good new products and develop brand loyalty.

What is the most important type of testing of your prototype.

  • color choice
  • safety
  • shelf life

What do you need to test regarding the end-user of the product?

  • Check the instructions can be understood easily.
  • Make sure all the accessories are included.
  • Make the opening of the container easy.

What should you do if there are dangers involved in use of this type of product?

  • Don't market it.
  • Provide explicit labels and precise instructions.
  • Employ frequent media campaigns.

What is the common factor of different forms of additive fabrication in 3-D model manufacturing?

  • All use some form of metal.
  • All use lasers to remove superfluous material.
  • All join fine layers of material to create the 3-D model.