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The process of bringing an idea from a concept to a functional prototype can be a long and challenging one.

Getting it from paper to prototype requires creativity, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.

Your idea needs constant testing and refining before you even start the machinery, to make sure that it’s viable and meets the needs of its intended audience. Then your design must be translated into a physical prototype using various tools and techniques such as 3D modelling, rapid prototyping, and user testing.

Prototyping allows you to quickly test and validate ideas, concepts, and assumptions before investing significant time and resources into a final product – all of which you can do at STEAMhouse!


What challenges can you find while prototyping?

Prototyping can be a useful tool in the design and development process, but there are challenges you might encounter. It’s important to identify what these might be early on, so you can avoid issues later on:


  • Time and resources: Developing a prototype can be time-consuming and require significant resources, such as materials and money. This can be a challenge for teams with limited budgets or tight deadlines.


  • Translating your idea from plan to product: Creating a prototype that accurately represents the final product can be difficult, especially when dealing with complex designs or interactions. Sometimes what might seem perfect on paper might not translate physically.


  • Technical limitations: Depending on the type of prototype you’re creating; technical limitations may come into play. For example, a physical prototype may be limited by the materials or manufacturing processes available.


  • Iteration: Prototyping is an iterative process, which means that multiple versions may need to be created before arriving at the final product. This can be frustrating or time-consuming if the team doesn’t have a clear understanding of the design requirements.


  • Cost: Creating multiple prototypes can be costly, especially if they require specialised equipment or expertise.


How can we help?

STEAMhouse could be a great option for you if you are looking to produce a prototype for many reasons:

We can provide access to a wide range of equipment and resources which can help you create a prototype! Our facilities include 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, electronics labs, and more. You can access these resources to create physical prototypes, test and iterate on your designs, and refine your product.

We also have a team of experienced professionals who can guide you through the prototyping process, offering advice on design, materials, and manufacturing techniques. They can also connect you with industry experts who can offer specialised advice and mentorship.

These types of projects need a collaborative environment, and that’s exactly what we offer. We have a space where you can work alongside other creatives and innovators. This can help you gain new perspectives and insights into your project, as well as build your network and connect with potential collaborators or investors.

You can access all this through our new Maker Membership, which gives you unlimited access to our Production Space, Technicians and expert advice and help. It’s a great investment for you or your business if you need some extra space and resources to help build what you need.

If you’re looking to come and test us out, we also offer day passes, which can give you a taster of what could be available to you.