Consumer Product Prototype Development

Custom prototypes that impress

When you're up in front of stakeholders, you need a prototype that not only looks good but can prove your product works. We excel at putting show stopping prototypes into our client's hands that are sure to impress even the most doubting potential investor. At Synectic we have wide range of prototyping services that we offer in house to keep your project on time and on budget. Whether you need a simple rapid prototyped 3d printed model or a complex CNC machined "works like-looks like" prototype, we've got you covered. Take a look below at some of our common product prototype FAQs as well as the complete line of services we offer. If you don't see what you are looking for contact us and we will be happy to design your prototype.

Stages of Product Prototypes

example of a beta prototype

Alpha Prototype

Usually non-functioning, the alpha prototype is inexpensive and fast to produce. Created using simple 3D printing methods, it is used mainly to test size and shape.
example of a beta prototype

Beta Prototype

Machined or printed using refined additive manufacturing techniques, beta prototypes are usually functional and are used to test out bugs and design flaws. They can also be used to gain consumer feedback and investor funding.
example of a production prototype

Final prototype

Final or production prototypes are fully functional, painted, "looks like, works like" models. They resemble exactly what the customer will have in their hands and is usually the last step before heading to manufacturing.

Prototype Development FAQs

Not sure what prototyping really is and how it fits in the design process? Here are some of the most common questions we are asked regarding prototypes and how to build them.

What is a prototype?

A prototype is an early stage model that allows you to test look, feel, function, and durability before heading to production. A prototype can be anything from a simple rapid prototyped 3D printed model to a complete machined “looks like–works like” models that allows you to de-risk your product.

Why do I need a prototype?

A prototype takes the ideas in your head and turns them into a physical object you can move and hold. Prototypes allows you to test and see if you design concept works and if not, make any necessary changes before you put it into production. Most importantly, prototyping ensures that your product not only looks good, and feels good in the consumer's hands, but works!

How much does a prototype cost?

Prototyping costs can vary greatly depending on what method is used to create your prototype as well as its complexity and the documentation required. For most projects you will also need several iterations of your prototype ranging from an early alpha stage prototype to a fully functional production prototype. At Synectic a consultation regarding your prototyping needs is always free! Contact us below to get started.

Take Your Prototype To The Next Level

Prototype Development Capabilities

When time and money are on the line,
Our extensive prototype development capabilities have all your product development needs covered.

Additional Prototype Development Services

Rapid Prototyping

3D Printing

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Stereolithography (SLA)

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)


CNC Machining





Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)

Laser welding

Molding & Casting

Silicone Molding

Urethane Casting

Ceramic Casting

Plastic Injection Molding

Gas Assisted Molding

Consumer Product Prototype Examples

Below are some examples of consumer product prototypes we have done. At Synectic we highly value our client relationships, and although we'd love to show you more examples of the prototypes and devices we have developed, that information is proprietary to our clientele. If you would like to know more about the work we've done that is related to your project, contact us directly and we'd be happy to discuss our prototyping capabilities in further detail.