Prototypes and the Real Thing


If you have ever invented anything you know that you must first build a prototype, a model that resembles the real thing. One of the main purposes of the prototype is to prove that the idea, now in 3D, works. As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

As an inventor, I recall a few dozen attempts before we landed on the design that worked. One of the prototypes threw dirt up and out of the ground. Another churned the dirt like mixing a cake. Even though I had the idea and the drawing, the prototype would present the proof. In the world of patents, seeing is believing. 

Moses knew the importance of the prototype as he received instructions by God to build the tabernacle. In Hebrews 8:5 the writer tells of a copy (prototype) of the Real Thing. It reads, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Here are 3 things you should do in constructing a prototype to get to the real thing:

  1. Draw the idea to scale (Computer-aided drafting, CAD).
  2. Include all materials, be flexible to experiment with alternate materials.
  3. Test the prototype in multiple situations.

Remember, to get your idea off the ground you must get off the couch. 

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