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.
The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro Companion
A durable case which transforms into a low angle iPad support, Nina's three main features will help you throughout your busy day.
Protect the Apple pencil and its accessories on the go.
Nina holds the Apple pencil, lightning adapter and up to four spare nibs. The pencil and accessories sit in secure compartments and are encased in a hard shell.
The accessories are stored securely and easily removed. The lightning adapter is stored in the centre of the case and to replace a nib, simply use the pencil itself.
Push the lid back and Nina transforms into a sketching support for the iPad Pro, raising the tablet to a comfortable 10° angle.
Nina's soft top and base grip the iPad to the case and anchor it to the desk, creating a secure working platform.
Nina holds the iPad in landscape and portrait mode: perfect for sketching, creating art work or simply scrolling through documents.
Nina also acts as a rest for the Apple Pencil between moments of inspiration. Allowing you to leave the pencil and cap in a secure position whilst on charge.
Material choice is critical to keeping the pencil and its accessories safe and your iPad stable on the desk.
The grey components are made from a soft grip TPE. This holds the pencil and accessories in place, as well as anchoring your iPad to the work surface. The white hardshell is made from ABS, giving Nina a strong, durable outer shell.
Nina's compact dimensions make her perfect for on the go and an unobtrusive addition to your work space.
How It All Began
Last year David, a keen product designer, bought an iPad pro and apple pencil. It immediately became
a huge part of his creative process but it wasn't long before he realised something
He created his own 3D printed case, to take his pencil and its
accessories to and from work.
David knew there was work to be done but he was definitely onto something. This is where Thomas jumped in and as team they developed this raw idea into a great product.
Taken from thumbnail sketches to CAD, several prototypes were created and Nina's key features were refined through weeks of user trials.
Nina's Design has been finely tuned and is ready for the next step to mass production. Check out the prototype gallery for a deeper look into the design and development process.
Below is our final, fully functional prototype. Say hello, to Nina.
What Happens Next
Don't worry, we've got everything planned out.
A lean but realistic timeline means you should receive your very own Nina mid October.
Nina was designed in the UK and will be manufactured in the UK.
We're keeping all aspects of production local so we can be there every step of the way. Our material suppliers, injection moulders, tool makers and fulfilment house are all based on our home turf in the North West of England. Datum Products
A partnership between two product designers, Datum products is made of David Littlefair and Thomas Pearson. Two great friends, who are ready and excited for the challenges ahead.
If you're a backer or just want more information on Nina and the project please contact us through one of our social media accounts.
If you'd like to talk business please contact us through our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about us and the progress of the project please check out our website: https://www.dtproducts.co.uk/
Big thank you to Dark Skies Media, the beautiful boys who created our video and a shout out to Bharat and Jean!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face is optimizing and perfecting the manufacturing and assembly process to ensure we provide our backers with the highest quality product possible. As with any product development we do not expect everything to work perfectly first time and our timeline allows for unforeseen obstacles in these final stages of development.
We decided not to compromise quality for a reduced cost and will keep all of our manufacturing in the UK. This means we have been able to meet face to face with our partners and be as prepared as possible for the next stages. It also means we can physically be there to inspect tools, assess production trials and make quick decisions and manufacturing changes if refinement is necessary.