What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.


I built a travel camper that I could: 

  • Pull behind my Honda Civic, so it had to weigh less than 700 pounds.
  • Build for about $1000 material cost.
  • Stand up in it when I cook and do dishes. Plus, a double bowl sink and fold-down table in the kitchen.
  • Have a full size bed with plenty of headroom. 
  • Have windows and/or screens on all four walls for airflow and views. 
  • Design that is simple enough for anyone of average skill to build.
  • Set up in about 10 minutes.
  • Keep out bugs and rain.

On our 1500 mile maiden camping trip to South Dakota in August there was a lot of enthusiasm from our camp neighbors. They were amazed at how our tiny camper folded up, and how much living space we had: 70 square feet of bedroom, kitchen and living space. Now I want to create dimensional drawings so that other people can build their own tiny camper.

Risks and challenges

Risk level is low, because the first prototype was a success. We did discover some design changes from our camping trip that we will add to the drawings, such as a better floor leveling system, a better roof peak to get the rain off the tarp roof, and better water sealing around door and windows.
The budget of $1600 is to hire a professional CAD designer to create drawings and to print and mail out 200 sets of blueprint drawings.

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    Blueprints to build Tiny Camper

    Reward will include complete "B" size 11 x 17 dimensional drawings that will show how to build the Tiny Camper, along with material list and construction guide.

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