Mock-up and prototypes
The product concept takes shape!
The product concept looks feasible. We make it happen by producing the prototype. It is not a final version of the product, but it brings a sketch to life, allowing us to approve certain features: shapes, colours, components, use it in activity, etc.
First, we make a first prototype, called a “mock-up”, often with scrap materials.It serves to illustrate the product concept.
Then we create on average tens of others, to refine and approve each product's function, whatever its nature: textiles, footwear, equipment, accessories, etc. We talk about design prototypes. If all goes well, we pursue the product's development. If that doesn't work out, we think of other options.
When we prototype, we also think in terms of the products' mass production. Our prototype technicians make sure that manual or machine operations are easily duplicable in our subcontractor's factories. The purpose is also to optimize assembly methods, reduce costs, and guarantee product safety and quality.
We often make our prototypes in-house in our prototyping workshops. It saves a lot of time, because we reduce, in particular, the return trips to the supplier. And to finalize the product, we have some prototypes made. They are produced in the factory, in real-life manufacturing conditions, on the machines used for mass production. Further use is made of them for other tests and for anticipating possible problems during production, etc.