How to Get a Prototype Made in China

Prototype made in China to production and successful marketing of the new product is very important before manufacturing. The entire process of product development from prototype to production in China includes many steps. Making a prototype is a necessary step between design and production.

1. Create a Concept Sketch

It is important for you to get your idea down on paper. This is the first step towards turning your idea into reality for others to see. While having so many thoughts running through your mind it may be very beneficial sketching on paper your ideas before using a digital drawing program.

2. Make a Virtual Prototype

The technical planning also includes a computer record of the prototype. For the product, a technical design is a must before a prototype can be produced and tested to ensure that it is efficient according to regulations. You will have to develop a digital drawing of your idea into 2D and/or 3D for the production step. If not familiar with this a professional graphic designer or a prototype designer may assist you in this.

3. Build a Physical Prototype

This is needed by the manufacturer for the production of the parts as well as for  marketing. Your first prototype may be a miniature design of your product made by hand or possibly with a 3D printer. Developing no prototype can be a costly mistake as it can lead to delivery of faulty products. The process of prototyping can also lead to cost savings, as ideas for a more profitable production process are often worked out. Make sure your prototype works and has no flaws before seeking a patent or going to the step of production. Global Trade Specialists can refer you to a company that does excellent engineering and prototyping or you may find one in your country that does quality work and fits your budget.

Update, update and update. If changes are made to the product, the patterns must also be updated. One, two, or more final prototypes should emerge before you show possible customers the updated version.

4. Patent + Non-Disclosure Agreement + Quality

Make sure you protect your design. Make sure that your prototype is the quality you want and true to your design. If patent rights or a trademark infringement is an issue, it is important to conduct a patent or trademark search and / or contact a patent attorney. Importing products with a patent infringement could lead to the possibility that the Patent Customs authorities (your country’s) confiscate your delivery.

5. Market Research

Now that you’ve tested a working prototype that meets your standards, it’s time to conduct market research. The aim of a market research is to uncover or know the wishes of the customers. Show your prototype to as many potential customers as possible allowing them to give honest opinion on the products quality, function, potential sales price, design, and packaging. Your market research should give you insight on how the product may be manufactured, packaged and the price. It is essential to know the customers you wish to target.

6. Package Design

The design of the packaging of your product is very important and should also be conducted in your market research. Custom packaging of your products in China is no problem. However, we recommend that you have the design made by a regional graphic designer and not in China. We can refer you to a professional company in  that makes excellent packaging designs.

7. Business Plan

When starting a business, it is very important that you create a business plan. The business plan helps you to understand the total cost of the new business. Poor planning and insufficient capital are two main reasons why start-ups fail. Plan ahead, think ahead and receive counsel from those that have done it before.

8. Production after Prototype

Now you are ready to have your products manufactured. We will locate a suitable manufacturer in China and present a free cost estimate for the final, packaged product which includes shipping to your country. Since 1991 we manufacture new products in China for our customers.

To develop a cost estimate for the production process, we need the following:

  • A prototype representing the final version of your product and / or the final technical drawing of an engineer
  • Amounts per product part
  • The largest city in your area so that we can include the freight charges of the delivery in the estimate

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