How To: Get started with Prototyping with Ralph Machesky

In our third installment of the “How To…” series, we’ve reached out to Edison Nation member Ralph Machesky to relay his experiences with prototyping.

Let’s start off simply… what is prototyping?

How did you get started inventing and creating prototypes?

As an inventor yourself, do you find that creating a prototype (going beyond just explaining a concept), impacts commercialization? How?

Have you ever worked in helping other inventors with their projects?

What tools would you suggest an inventor would need to get started in prototyping?

What is your most memorable project and why?

Drawing of my Arena Net System from the patent application
Mini-scale model I later built for the lawyers
My Arena in public use. Air Hockey like it's 1988 baby!
What the industry settled for to supposedly 'protect' patrons.

Any other details you’d like to share beyond the questions above?

Part of a working prototype I built from cardboard and plastic. Was fully functional and cost basically nothing to make...What is it?
Why, it's a hair dryer powered mini-vac for hairstylists, of course!

Real Example — The Dripnot

Start to finished product. Left: What the industry thinks is 'good' Center: My first paper prototype Right: Final reusable product made from food grade silicone - look at how much it changed from the center picture.
Left to Right: Rubber casting mix (amber), tool dip (red), early 3D print failure (opaque with lines), cast made with instant molding putty, thermo-formed plastic disposables (yellow) and thermo-formed inudstry accepted single-size unit (white).
End result in action at the NAPICS show. I have since redesigned them and they are even better than my originals, which I didn't think was even possible. Hopefully patented and on the store shelves soon!
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