‘Prototyping is the materialisation of promising ideas’
Making a well-working prototype is not easy. It’s all about trust, intensive collaboration, overcoming challenges and thinking off the beaten track. This results in the best results and makes the process so fascinating. The innovation and development process consists of four parts: Ideation, Specification, Prototyping and Manufacturing.
Intake interview | without obligation
During an open introductory meeting, we explore the possibilities to work together. We are curious about your idea and the added value that your service or product should offer the market. Conversely, we tell you how we work and how we can help you in the innovation, development and design process. This intake interview is free of charge and without obligation from both sides, but we, like you, take it very seriously.S..
Design phase | the essence
In this phase, we always ask our clients the question: ‘what do you want to achieve with your prototype?’ ‘What makes your product or invention unique?’ “What’s the essence?” During our unique Design Session, we peel off what it takes to win potential investors for you.
The results of this in the form of a mind map or more extensive document form our joint starting point for the rest of the process. After the design phase, do you decide to continue with ICR3ATE? Then the hours of this design session will not be charged. If not, we will complete this phase with an invoice for the hours spent.
Patent research | secrecy
If necessary, we will, if desired, ensure that a patent study is carried out into possible blocking patents for your idea, in order to avoid difficulties in the future. We offer this in the form of our own patent research service and we also work together with a reputable party for this. This way we pave the way for a successful next step, in line with your available budget.
The intellectual property (IP) of the product idea always remains with the client. Already in the early stages of the process, we record this in a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Depending on the role and type of software we develop, specific agreements are made about the algorithms that we may develop.
Minimum Viable Product | planning andbudgeting
In this step, we make a functional description of what is minimally needed to develop a well-working prototype. We will further develop the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We can now also better estimate how much time and money it will take to develop the desired prototype.
Whatever the idea; as a rule, we need at least six weeks to get from concept to working prototype. Is your idea still very premature or very challenging or complex at the start? Then the development process can sometimes take up to two years. In this step four, we can get this sharp.
An innovation process is by definition risky and therefore difficult to predict. By working closely together and aligning, the mutual trust often arises that you do the best for the issue and the client cost-effective. If you prefer a fixed price in advance, we can of course also make agreements about this. We always keep a margin to deal with setbacks in the process. At ICR3ATE, we are always transparent about these hours and costs; whatever form of cooperation you choose as a client.
Co-makership | client role
After step four, we know what it takes to make the prototype and get started in our multifunctional lab. Prototyping happens in two ways. As a client you can opt for co-makership or operate from the client role.
You then choose to actively cooperate yourself to realize the prototype together with us. We then work together in our lab and are in constant contact with each other.
In that case, we make the desired prototype, but maintain intensive contact during the rest of the process. As a client you get a delivery schedule, you receive the first concept result and then the final prototype.
Whatever form you choose, our way of working is always personal, structured and intensive. Of course we also work remotely, but there is always the possibility to get together or speak to each other via, for example, video conferencing.
“We have fun from clients who can inspire you in the process and where you can deliver your creativity openly.”
| small series
Once the prototype has been delivered, you have something in your hands to move towards potential financiers. An exciting phase where we can help you a little further on your way. Is the product market combination you envision viable? Who do you have to be with if you want to continue to develop things?
We have an extensive partner network and can put you in touch with them if desired. We can also provide a first small series of the newly developed prototype.
Getting Things Prototyped
Invest in a working prototype, which also brings your innovation to life. We make your innovative idea tangible with the right software, hardware, electronics and mechanics. Conquer the world with your innovation!
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Whitepaper “the Art of Prototypi
You’ve probably had an innovative idea where you thought, ‘this will allow me to conquer the world!’. Perhaps you have noticed that when you explain such an idea to someone else, one often understands part of your story. Many people find it difficult to imagine a new idea.
By making such an idea tangible, it is easier to take others with your idea. That’s exactly what we mean by prototyping: materializing your innovative idea. In this white paper you can read from what perspective ICR3ATE does this and why that is important. You can also read about the factors that make for a successful prototype and we share some examples of prototypes that we have created for our clients.