Building a prototype of your idea may be as easy as gluing together some cardboard bought at a discount store. But getting an idea to the drawing board and beyond takes some sketching, engineering and mechanical skills you might not possess. That’s where the help of professionals comes in handy. Professionals can perfect your design or point out flaws in the idea and suggest ways to improve it.
Search the U.S. patents office online database to make sure your idea is original. If your idea is too similar to an existing project, then there’s no point in going through the work of creating a prototype.
Find a market for your idea. It’s important to determine whether there is a need for your invention. Research in this area can also inspire improvements on your idea.
Draw a blueprint of your product. This gives you an idea of what parts you’ll need for the prototype and how it will fit together, and it allows you to improve on the design.
Gather your materials and build a prototype. The simplest ideas often lend themselves to basic, inexpensive mock-ups that you can present to potential investors.