Maximize the designing capabilities of a prototype shop
Prototype shops are ideal candidates for a comprehensive enterprise resource software solution. They make prototypes that are often used as part of the product design process to allow engineers and designers the ability to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance prior to starting production of a new part. Engineers use their experience to tailor the prototype according to the specific unknowns still present in the intended design.
In general, an iterative series of prototypes will be designed, constructed and tested as the final design emerges and is prepared for production. With rare exceptions, multiple iterations of prototypes are used to progressively refine the design. A common strategy is to design, test, evaluate and then modify the design based on analysis of the prototype.
Manage a multitude of processes in the prototype shop
Prototype shops perform a multitude of manufacturing processes from machining to fabricating to mold making just to name a few. They also come in all shapes and sizes and will typically produce parts from the prototype to insure quality and design.