The Ultimate Product Prototyping Quiz
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?
- 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
- 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.