The goal of the Engineered Prototype (EP) build is to create manufactured samples of the product that can be used for feasibility (Alpha) testing.
Based on product requirements, generate preliminary design concepts for the product with a focus on look, form, proportion, and technical details.
Prepare CAD model, technical drawings, material selections for the mechanical aspects of the product as well as perform tolerance analysis and finite element analysis.
Draft an electrical block diagram for the product electronics, select all key components, and then prepare a schematic diagram describing the product’s electrical system.
Develop basic firmware that can be used on the engineered prototype units after manufacturing to verify core functionality as well as validate performance of any critical features.
Prepare CAD model, assembly drawing, and electrical Bill of Materials for the printed circuit board(s) in the product and then perform a team-wide design review of the system.
Send the Engineered Prototype (EP) filesets out for manufacturing. Manufacturing usually takes on the order of 2-3 weeks. After receipt of EP manufactured samples, perform bring-up and integration testing. Units are now ready for Alpha trials.
Engineered Prototype (EP) units are the first manufactured prototypes of your product concept.
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