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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Risks and challenges
For the last three years, we created countless working prototypes and spent thousands of hours perfecting and field testing this design. We have consulted chemical engineers and manufacturers to ensure we are using the best materials available.
All the pieces are in place, and we are excited to bring our product to the world. The only thing we need to get our product into your hands is help funding the injection molding process.
As with any new endeavor, unforeseen obstacles will happen, but with a 37-year background designing and manufacturing high-end wood products, and an unwavering passion and dedication for rivers—make us uniquely qualified and able to overcome any obstacle that stands in our way.
If you would like more information on the inventor, Jeff Gilman, and his background in design and manufacturing, please visit his woodworking website where you can see Jeff’s designs and top-notch work:
With your support now, we can have Gilman Grips in your hands for the 2018 river season.
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