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Q: Creating Prototype ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Creating Prototype
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: td99-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 12 Nov 2002 09:04 PST
Expires: 12 Dec 2002 09:04 PST
Question ID: 106107
Where can I find someone to help me design a product idea that I have?
I'm looking for someone who can help me create a prototype for a small
non-electronic invention for use in the home.

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 12 Nov 2002 10:23 PST
Hi td99,

any more info you can give me on your invention? Just a general category
(kitchen gadget, garden tool...) or type of materials used? There are
designers out there, but they probably specialize. Thanks for any
direction you can give me. cath-ga

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 12 Nov 2002 10:25 PST
Hi again,

perhaps your location would be useful, then I could send you to folks
in your area. Thanks again, cath-ga

Clarification of Question by td99-ga on 12 Nov 2002 13:42 PST
invention is an innovation on basic child step stool. Materials could
be plastic, aluminum etc. would actually like engineer to make
recommendation for best materials. I'm in NYC.
Subject: Re: Creating Prototype
Answered By: cath-ga on 12 Nov 2002 14:10 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear td-99,

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. 

There’s 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:

There’s a collection of seven websites, called PatentCafe that
includes patenting, prototype design, marketing and manufacturing
You’d 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 didn’t 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
site at:

There is another full-service inventor’s company called Jacob
Enterprises, at:

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
td99-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent work and rapid response. Many options offered and much
consideration given to answers.

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