The 3 Benefits to Prototyping Earlier

December 22, 2016

Which phase of manufacturing typically takes the longest?

For most companies, it’s development. Approving fabrics, fit, and design details takes a long time, and usually not enough time is budgeted. This results in an assortment of issues that have to be resolved during Salesman Samples (SMS), pre-production samples, or during production, opening the door to errors and frustration during production.

How do you solve this? We recommend to a simple solution: start prototyping earlier. It’s the one area that you have complete control over and has 3 key benefits:

  • Finalize Fit and Design Details Sooner: Fit and design changes are natural and expected throughout the development process. But by starting earlier, you’re able to iterate more times during the development phase, making SMS and production a breeze. Try to budget for at least 3 iterations (or approximately 2 months) for development.
  • Improve costing accuracy: Costing evolves throughout the development process, but remains largely unchanged after the first prototype. By starting earlier, you’ll be able to get more accurate costing, sooner.
  • Reduce Your Stress: Finally, by starting earlier it’ll help reduce your stress during the manufacturing process. Prototyping earlier provides extra cushion to your production schedule to account for the inevitable hiccups.

Conclusion:

Save yourself the headache and start your prototypes earlier. While we always recommend starting earlier, it’s especially important when working with a new manufacturer or creating a new product.

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