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prototype

an early, pre-market, model of a product which is being developed. Small numbers of prototypes of new products are often constructed to aid the process of testing the performance and consumer acceptability of the product prior to deciding whether or not to engage in full-scale commercial production and marketing of the product. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
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Not a rich flower upon her head, not a single leaf, but had had its prototype in Drowne's wooden workmanship, although now their fragile grace had become flexible, and was shaken by every footstep that the wearer made.
When a remembered event has a remembered context, this may occur in two ways, either (a) by successive images in the same order as their prototypes, or (b) by remembering a whole process simultaneously, in the same way in which a present process may be apprehended, through akoluthic sensations which, by fading, acquire the mark of just-pastness in an increasing degree as they fade, and are thus placed in a series while all sensibly present.
Services include product design and development, computer modeling, models and prototypes, tool design and building services, tool tryouts to 3000-ton presses, lost core tool tryouts, mold-maintenance and repair, and full CAD/CAM system.
Sintering most often is used to create plastic prototypes, using a laser to cement powders together layer by layer until a full, 3-D object is formed.
This is one durable resin--one well suited for functional prototypes like impellers, pump housings, headlight reflectors, and wind tunnel test models.
It is Newman's application that first comes to mind here, since with the Prototypes Ryman appears to be quoting Newman's fully extended line, or "zip," which was created with the aid of masking tape.
The new data indicate that certain consonant and vowel sounds act as ideal examples, or prototypes, of particular phonemes and foster the learning of one's native language during the first six months of life, maintain psychologist Patricia K.
Tangible Express continues to manage the machine, maintenance and building of prototypes for TAP fractional owners and ships parts per owner instructions.
Stratasys is also introducing PC/ABS material for stronger rapid prototypes that improve prediction of the performance of the end product.
Such acceleration inherent in the RPM process allowed the electrical firm to provide prototypes to its customers and subsequently have die tooling made.
Although computational fluid dynamics (CED) is having the effect of reducing the number of prototypes that must be built of things like air intake manifolds, as Jorg Gerken, managing director of rpm rapid product modellbau GmbH (Helmstedt, Germany), notes "Despite the fact that these programs are of great value, they still cannot represent reality to 100%.
Certain stimuli, according to the theory, constitute the best instances, or prototypes, of their particular category.