An appearance prototype is made to look like the final production product with the appropriate size, shape, finish, color, and graphics.
Have you ever needed a prototype to really WOW someone? This is what an appearance prototype is meant to do. The process of building an appearance prototype means that we’ll take the extra time and attention to every detail and design element. Every radius is consistent, the colors are spot on, and the gloss paint looks like glass. These models usually look better than production.
We make appearance prototypes using a variety of processes. Often, they are Objet or other rapid prototyped parts, CNC machined tooling board, or can be combination of all the above. Whether you need a static image for your UI control panel or a touch capacitive screen with menus you need to drive, we have the capabilities to build it.
An appearance prototype is usually made closer to the end of the design cycle after design revisions. These prototypes are often used as presentation purposes to validate a design direction or solidify program funding. Often, photos of an appearance prototype helps generate marketing materials while production of the product is in process, helping to speed up the time to market.