Thanks for your clarification. The companies I have found are not
necessarily close to you, but I think one of them could fit the
T-2 Design and Prototyping in Santa Monica, CA looks very promising.
website is at:
They have designed a number of simple household items.
Theres another company called Ask Patent Company, which leads
inventors through the whole process: prototype design, patenting,
marketing and legal help. The CEO of the company Kevin Sandmann,
has an Engineering and Design background, so could advise you on
materials. You can find Ask Patent at:
Theres a collection of seven websites, called PatentCafe that
includes patenting, prototype design, marketing and manufacturing
Youd probably want to start at the Inventors Café, at:
Then from there you can move to their prototype development center
where they introduce their designers, Masterpiece Models:
Some of their products look a little more complex than you described,
but they might be helpful.
If you wanted to exhibit your invention at the Invention and New
Product Exposition in May of 2003, but didnt yet have a prototype,
can have a virtual prototype made on CD-ROM, that can be viewed
and manipulated in 3-D. You can see the virtual prototype the INPEX
There is another full-service inventors company called Jacob
They handle prototype design but may want to give you more help than
you really want.
The search terms I used were: "product prototype design" and
Anyway, good luck with your invention. I always admire creativity in
any arena. If these companies are not helpful to you, please ask me
extra help (they call it "answer clarification" )before rating this
answer. Glad to be of service! cath-ga