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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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Services include product development, prototype tooling, high-output production molds, and testing.
Customers find that sometimes they will prototype in one method, and when they go into production, the molds and cores are made differently," Ronald Gustafson said.
Using the Iridium network of global satellites, the prototype is a combination unit that includes a traditional RFID tag along with global positioning system and satellite capabilities, giving defense transportation personnel access to the tag's location--within feet of its exact position.
This is one durable resin--one well suited for functional prototypes like impellers, pump housings, headlight reflectors, and wind tunnel test models.
So far the Prototype paintings have consisted of a series of square vinyl panels--between ten and thirteen in number, each nearly twenty-four inches on a side--that are evenly spaced in a single row around the corner of a room.
The adopting employer cannot change any wording in the prototype document unless specifically provided for in the adoption agreement.
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.
By using the concept of prototype design, we hope to communicate three important messages.
The real challenge in supplying a customer with prototypes starts when he needs preliminary series of up to more than 100 pieces--including intermediate changes in geometry," says Klaus Kreutz--burg, managing director of the firm.
In their first experiment, the researchers conditioned 16 infants to turn their heads toward a loudspeaker when the prototype for one vowel category (the long "e" in the word "peep") changed to another vowel prototype (the short "e" in the word "pep").
When used with the ultra high-performance Xilinx Virtex-5 devices, we believe designers using the Certify software will implement ASIC prototypes at higher speeds in less time.