The word prototype comes from the Latin words proto (original) and typus (model). In manufacturing, rapid prototyping is used to create a three-dimensional model of a part or product.
“The specialized equipment and resources at North Forge has given us the ability to make equipment and devices that were not possible before utilizing the Fabrication Lab.”
“North Forge has given the product development team at Barkman Concrete the opportunity and ability to create designs at a much more personal hands on level, allowing for our team to better understand advanced fabrication methods and become part of a larger design community.”
“The North Forge Fabrication Lab enabled me to start and run a diverse maker service business and have access to equipment I may never have had means to purchase myself. There is a great community of people to draw on for advice, ideas & experience. I only wished I had joined up sooner.”
“Accessing the woodshop at the North Forge Fabrication Lab has allowed me to grow my business and to do interesting work. Without having access to these machines I would probably have had to go into a lot of debt at the beginning of my business. There is also the advantage of being around other business owners for advice and support.”
“The Fabrication Lab enabled Solara to kick-start development of a new product that has now sold over $500K. The IoT lab provided us with special tools for concept development, 3D printers to build concept cases for our customers, and the information exchange with other members helped us use these tools and to find contract resources locally.”
RAPID PROTOYPING SERVICES
Widgets are abstract. When it’s time to get real, North Forge’s Fabrication Lab has the equipment that makes it possible to produce prototypes without the wait. Specifically, the IoT Innovation Lab offers the ability to create printed circuit boards to support and connect components in a new design. The lab’s 3D printing room is another area that makes it possible to produce, tweak and test prototypes affordably.