Step 1: Research and model
Inventors start with representations before they make something.
Step 2: Experiment
Test your prototype, improve it, then test again until there is no room for improvement. Use milling machines or 3-D printers.
Step 3: Finalize
The final prototype should be presentable to potential investors and customers. Hire expert help with your final creation if it's needed.
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Most inventions that die do so because they lack funding. Funding options include:
These days, practically anyone can be an inventor.
You don't have to be an expert in a field to contribute. You can become an inventor simply by having an idea and refining it.
Inventions start with a good idea. And a good idea comes from inspiration.
Advice from successful entrepreneurs and invention experts:
Ideally, you will have a community of true believers who support your product. They should get your prototypes first as they will give valuable feedback and promote the product.
Invention often comes in stages and phases, when existing technology is looked at and mixed with new creative insights, a process that sometimes takes thousands of years.
This makes it hard to pinpoint the exact time and place a certain object is invented.
Incandescent light bulbs existed before Thomas Edison, and when other inventors got wind of Edison's tinkerings, they roundly sued him for patent infringement.
So what did Edison actually do?
He discovered that a special species of bamboo had a higher resistance to electricity than carbonized paper, which means it could more efficiently produce light. Edison got rich off the bamboo, and from superior manufacturing and marketing of his product.
Like all great inventions, the light bulb can’t be credited to one inventor. It was a series of small improvements.
There is no single man who can be truly credited for the discovery of electricity, but some of the names which would pop up in the list include Benjamin Franklin and his kite experiment, and Nikola Tesla who is often dubbed as the father of electricity because of his understandings of this force behind most of the everyday items which we use today. From home entertainment to the lights outside the road, electricity is behind it.
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