‘Prototyping is the materialization of promising ideas’

Prototyping

Making a well-functioning prototype is not without a struggle. It’s about trust, intensive cooperation, overcoming challenges and thinking outside the box. That produces the best results, this is what makes the process so fascinating. The innovation and development process consists of four parts: Ideation, Specification and Prototyping and Manufacturing.

Ideation

Intake call | non-binding

During an introductory meeting, we explore the possibilities of working together. We are curious about your idea and the value your service could offer the market. Conversely, we will tell you how we work and how we can help you in the innovation, development and design process. This intake interview is free of charge and free of obligations on both sides, but we take it very seriously, just like you. </ span>

 

In this phase we always ask our clients the question: ‘What do you want to achieve with your prototype?’ ‘What makes your product or invention unique?’ ‘What is the essence?’. During this deep dive session we together peel off what is needed to win potential investors for you. 

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The results of this in the form of a mind map or a more extensive document forms our joint starting point for the rest of the process. Do you decide to continue with ICR3ATE after the design phase? Then the hours of this design session will not be calculated. If not, we will end this phase with an invoice for the hours spent.

 

Patent research | confidentiality

 

If necessary we will make sure that a patent check is done for blocking patents for your idea in order to avoid difficulties in the future. For this we work together with a reputable party and pave the way for a successful next step.

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The intellectual property (IP) of the product idea always remains with the client. Already in the early stages of the process we record this in a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Depending on the role and the type of software we develop, specific agreements are made about the algorithms we may develop.

Specification

Minimum Viable Product | planning and budgeting

In this step we make a functional description of what is minimal needed to develop a well-functioning prototype. We will further develop the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We can now also better estimate how much time and money it will take to develop the desired prototype.

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Whatever the idea, we usually need at least six weeks to get from concept to a working prototype. Is your idea still very premature at the start or is it particularly challenging or complex? Then the development process can sometimes take up to two years. In this step four we can get this straight.

An innovation trajectory is by definition risky and therefore difficult to predict. By working closely together and tuning it often creates the mutual trust that you are cost-effectively doing the best for the issue and the client.  If you prefer a fixed price in advance, we can of course also make agreements about this. We always keep a margin to absorb setbacks in the process. At ICR3ATE we are always transparent about these hours and costs; whatever form of collaboration you choose as a client.

Prototyping

Prototyping

Co-makership | client role

After step four we know what it takes to make the prototype and start working on it in our multifunctional lab. Prototyping is done in two ways. As a client you can choose co-makership or operate from the client role

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Co-makership
You then choose to actively work with us to realise the prototype. We then work together in our lab and are in constant contact with each other.

Client role
In that case we will make the desired prototype, but we will maintain intensive contact during the rest of the process. As the client you will receive a delivery schedule, you will receive the first concept result and then the final prototype.

whichever shape you choose, our way of working is always personal, structured and intensive. Of course we also work remotely, but there is always the possibility to get together or talk to each other via video conferencing.

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“We have fun from clients
who can inspire us in the process and where you can deliver your creativity in all openness”.

Manufacturing

Consulting | small series

 

When the prototype is delivered you have something in your possession to step towards potential financiers. An exciting phase in which we can help you on your way. Is the product-market combination you have in mind viable? Who do you need to be with if you want to develop things further?

 

 

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We have an extensive partnership network we can put you in touch with them if you wish. We can also provide an initial small serie of the prototype. 

Whitepaper “the art of Prototyping”

You’ve probably had an innovative idea that made you think: ‘I can conquer the world with this!’. You may have noticed that when you explain such an idea to someone else, they often understand part of your story. Many people find it difficult to imagine a new idea.

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