The pre-product (prototype) is developed in accordance with the customer’s wishes and needs and is used for presentations, as well as for various tests before the beginning of mass production.
The prototype tests analyse whether all requirements, set during the development of the innovative concepts, are met. Moreover, it analyses whether the prototype complies with all applicable standards, rules and regulations. Only when the prototype meets all criteria and is safe to use, the mass production can be carried out.
Nowadays, the prototype manufacturing is often replaced with computer simulations, therefore the first product is actually a prototype.