Development of preliminary functional models, rapid prototyping, modelling and virtual simulation.
Acquisition, combination, structuring and application of scientific, technological and commercial knowledge and capabilities oriented to the realization of production plans, projects or drawings, processes or new services, modified or improved. All these activities include the realization of the base project, technical drawings, business plans and other documentations, also for commercial purposes. Prototyping is a set of industrial technics oriented to the development of a prototype.
Independently of the way it is developed, the prototype is the first element of a series. It can be conceptual, functional, technical or of pre-series; it can solve different tasks within in the company: it enable the evaluation of costs, cycle time, market needs and more. Application of an innovative or improved production or distribution methodology (including relevant changes in technics, equipment and/or software), application of an innovative organizational method of the working place or of external relationships. Choice, design and supply of machines, equipment and test benches in order to test the prototypes or the first functional models, initial test and production validation.
The “pre-competitive development” can be seen as the concretization of the results of industrial research activities, each activity oriented to the design, testing, development and pre-industrialization of new products, processes or services i.e. significant changes in products, production lines and processes to reach considerable improvements of the existing technologies. These activities also focus on the realization of pilot, demonstrative or non-commercial projects. Through such activities the industrial research meets entrepreneurial ideas, aiming to the real growth of the productive and social system of a Country.