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How does a new product go through the prototyping process?

New products pop up on store shelves every day, but did you ever wonder what went into getting the latest and greatest invention slotted into place? Chances are there was a lengthy product evolution, most likely beginning with a prototype.

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  • How does a new product go through the prototyping process?
    How does a new product go through the prototyping process?

    New products pop up on store shelves every day, but did you ever wonder what went into getting the latest and greatest invention slotted into place? Chances are there was a lengthy product evolution, most likely beginning with a prototype. See more »

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