Inventing New Products/Inventions/Prototype



I have a great invention for a new exercise machine, I understand that having a prototype is important but cannot not afford to produce/build a life size functional prototype. How do I market my product this way?

Hi Shonna,

You do not NEED a prototype; it helps, don't get me wrong but it may not critical to the commercialization of your produce.  I can’t tell you that for sure, because some products need to be refined and re-engineered through prototyping.

If you cannot afford to build a full size machine try building a scale model of it.  3D printing is becoming affordable for the average garage inventor to print up the components of your machine so you can see if the physics of the idea are feasible.  You can also look toward a virtual prototype built in CAD or AutoCAD.  

Look into these possibilities and best of luck!

Happy Inventing!


Marty McCrea

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Commercialization of an idea is truly an art form and I'm really good at letting people borrow my paintbrush. Although, it's important to note that you are your own artist, I can't paint what you see in your mind, only you can do that. But I can help. I can answer questions about honing your idea and helping it to become more real in your mind, your research, and within your speaking. I can answer questions about market research, validation, and where to go to make your first contact. My expertise is in answering the large questions that you have into more manageable pieces. I can also assist you in finding the source of the data that you can use to prove and pitch your idea if that's the path that you're on.


In my opinion, the current way to invent is inherently flawed. Regular people like us normally get “eaten up” by the proverbial sharks in the water. (corporations, invention submission companies, lawyers, etc)

We can not stand for this any longer; you feel this too, yes?


I have helped people think and re-think their ideas for years. Nobel Prize Winner Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi once said that "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one has thought." I agree with this truth with all of my heart. Now let's talk about your question, your passion, and how I can help your idea gain momentum if it is ready. If your idea is not ready for the market yet, I'll help you determine how you can get ready.

Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Northern Iowa Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin

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