When building an electronic prototype, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Know the purpose of the prototypes. Are they to test a theory? To test a function? To get customer reaction? For continuing internal development? For demonstration only? As a pilot run of production? As a production exercise? Design and build accordingly.
- Build enough prototypes to allow yourself to push them to the limits of operation. Make a couple extras for a team to work simultaneously or for rough use.
- Depending on the purpose, a small number of prototypes is usually adequate. Be certain that those building the prototypes keep complete records so that a transfer to production is effortless, effective, and inexpensive.
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