Inventors and entrepreneurs often come up with new ideas. Although most of these ideas have potential, many never make it off the ground. This has nothing to do with whether or not the idea is good enough. Most people simply aren’t quite sure how to turn their ideas into reality.
At Building Momentum, we’re passionate about helping inventors take their ideas to the next level. We provide a wide range of consulting and prototype services and have helped numerous organizations and individuals bring their projects to fruition.
1. Provisional Patent
Before starting a new project, it’s important that inventors take some time to gather opinions and think about how people might use their invention. This can help determine the idea’s chance of making it off the drawing board.
Think about your idea, and be open to constructive criticism. If you’re creating something that already exists, what will you do or change to make it better? If your idea doesn’t exist, you might want to consider the reasons why. Maybe it’s too difficult to make or includes features that aren’t possible with modern technology. If this isn’t the case, or you believe that you can turn your idea into reality with some minor modifications, you’ll want to file a provisional patent.
A provisional patent protects your invention from being copied while you develop it. Inventors have twelve months to file a formal patent after filing a provisional patent application. This gives inventors time to develop their product, while keeping their idea safe.
2. Materials, Tools, and Prototyping
Before building anything, inventors need to think about the types of materials and tools needed to turn their idea into a tangible product. Consider the type of product you are creating and whether it contains any electrical or mechanical components. These factors will help you determine the length of time, tools, equipment, and people needed to produce your prototype.
It’s a good idea to get feedback from others before prototyping your idea. However, you’ll want to make sure they sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before you tell them what you’re planning. This is important, even if you only plan to tell friends and family about your idea.
Need to prototype on a budget? There’s no need to try things out with the exact components that would go into a product. You would be amazed what you can learn by trying things out yourself with cardboard, duct tape, and other off-the-shelf items (even computer boards and electronics!). Now that you know some of the pitfalls and paths to success, you can reduce the cost of developing a prototype.
3. Insights from Experts
Building Momentum helps entrepreneurs and inventors develop new technologies and produce bespoke prototypes. Through years of experience working with a broad range of technologies and equipment, Building Momentum has helped numerous inventors successfully turn their ideas into reality. We understand that each organization has its own unique needs and requirements when it comes to new product development. We work directly with your team to develop innovative solutions. Building Momentum offers a broad range of services to support inventors from concept through prototype development, advertising and beyond.
Our team provides consulting services to support the work of entrepreneurs, inventors, and organizations as they gather their ideas and plan their next move. Building Momentum supports all types of businesses, designers, and inventors as they move from the drawing board to production.
Please contact us for more information about our consulting and prototype services.