Engineering & Prototyping

After the proverbial sketch on a napkin has turned into the first live demo—a breadboard setup perhaps, or some other kind of proof of concept—the time is ripe for the next stage of product evolution. Here Kinetic River provides the deep-in-the-trenches engineering experience necessary to deliver a robust feasibility prototype

Figure 1. Optical prototyping of concepts in biophotonics is one of our key strengths.

Our approach follows these main steps:

  • key requirements definition
  • high-level system architecture
  • detailed critical subsystem design
  • outline of test strategy
  • part selection and preliminary Bill of Materials
  • procurement
  • prototype assembly
  • testing

This phase of development is one step beyond conceptual and one step before final design. It is here that Live Ideas, our highly effective method for interactively simulating system behavior, can be most useful. Watch this short video (link at right) to get an idea of the kind of insights we look for when building and operating system models.

We recently delivered to a client a major life science instrumentation prototype. Read this case study to learn more about how the engineering and prototyping process unfolded, touching on each of the steps above.

Our prototyping laboratory is suitable for building and testing assemblies large and small. We focus on our key strengths of system design, optics, and fluidics (including microfluidics)—and rely on our partners to deliver complementary functionality (such as machined parts, custom electronic boards, and embedded software).

The result is a complete integrated system prototype that lets you explore the far reaches of your ideas without bogging you down with hardware and software headaches.


Figure 2. Instrument prototypes are built and tested in our laboratory.